This could come in handy.
On Wednesday, Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android.
The app, which connects mobile devices to Mac, Windows & Linux-based computers for desktop access, requires the Chrome web browser and application to install and run as well as a user-configured 6-digit PIN.
It never hurts to have a companion.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple is currently developing an application called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the Apple Watch.
Users will be able to manage and organize applications on the Apple Watch Home Screen via a virtual view on the iPhone Companion application.
It’s the beta seeds that show the cool stuff coming down the pipe.
Per Bidness Etc, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers, revealing new details about the upcoming Apple Watch. The new iOS 8.2 beta 4 build, numbered 12D5461b, includes WatchKit support. In addition to this, website traffic data from multiple sources, have also suggested that Apple is looking to expand its iOS beta testing program to include a wider pool of users; this move reflect’s the company’s aim to improve the quality of feedback and to have the iOS 8 system running smoothly with some of the company’s new ambitious products such as Apple Pay or the Apple Watch.
There have been reports of some Apple employees already testing out iOS 8.3 and iOS 9.
If you’re a developer, this is pretty interesting.
Shiny Development’s recently-launched appreviewtimes.com has begun tracking review times for both the iOS and Mac App Store using data crowdsourced from iOS and Mac developers.
While the site’s data is not official Apple data and is based on anecdotal data gathered from people posting their latest review times on Twitter and App.net using the #macreviewtime or #iosreviewtime hash tags, it is a public effort to obtain more accurate review times.
This could be nifty if you’re in the market for a new car in the coming year.
Per AppleInsider and The Verge, Chevrolet took the wraps off its new 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, revealing that the next-generation electric vehicle will feature support for Apple’s CarPlay in its infotainment system.
The new 2016 Volt was on display on the show floor and reporters spotted mention of CarPlay in the vehicle’s dash. Support for general Bluetooth and MirrorLink was also featured, albeit an Android Auto feature was found to be missing.
On Monday, Plum Amazing, LLC release iWatermark, an iOS app designed to create and use subtle visible or even invisible watermarks to protect photos and videos.
A watermark can subtly display, no matter where your photo goes, that it’s yours. Visible watermarks can be used to add your email, url, a personal message, your signature, QR-codes or fun graphics. Invisible watermarks, like the unique Metadata and Steganographic ones in iWatermark, can be used to add metadata or steganographic information like your name, link to your business and copyright info to any photo.
iTunes Music Store downloads are falling.
And the numbers aren’t pretty.
According to VentureBeat, in a securities filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple reported declining iTunes Music Store numbers.
“Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases,” the company wrote. “This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.”
There’s got to be some truth in here somewhere.
Per AppleInsider, a new picture from French web site Nowhereelse.fr, claims to show part of the schematic for a so-called “iPad Pro, complete with a speaker grille space at the top of the device next to the lock button, suggesting Apple’s larger tablet could include a more powerful speaker array.
The image, said to be captured from a Foxconn factory, was released Sunday evening. The report states that a person claiming to be a Foxconn factory worker captured the image, which represents an alleged 3D rendering of the anticipated device.
Apple probably didn’t intend to have its iBeacon design go into the wild.
Still, it’s an interesting piece of hardware.
The Apple iBeacon mounts to a wall with a standard screw. There is an LED on the underside of the unit, which reports battery condition and general status. Although there is no mention of battery life, it probably lasts several months (Bluetooth Low Energy doesn’t drain much power) and can be recharged via micro-USB.