Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/songwriters on the go

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:51
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

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Honda, Lincoln and Kia debut CarPlay-compatible models at North American International Auto Show

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Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, 08:40
Category: CarPlay, News

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Apple’s CarPlay seems to be getting some more support as three new auto manufacturers have unveiled new vehicles with CarPlay and Android Auto support at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2017 Kia Forte5 and 2017 Lincoln Continental. All three models will be available in the first half of 2016.

The 2018 Ridgeline will mark Honda’s return to the North American truck market after a three year hiatus. The 2017 Forte5 and 2017 Continental will be among Kia’s and Lincoln’s first CarPlay models in their vehicle lineups.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2.1, OS X 10.11.3 updates

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Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 16:53
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Software, Yosemite

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They’re not huge updates according to Apple, but they could make a difference.

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3, the company stating that both updates contain security and bug fixes.

More specifically, iOS 9.2.1 contains a fix for an issue “that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.”

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iOS code references possible upcoming Li-Fi protocol for wireless data in next-gen iPhones

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Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 08:13
Category: Developer, iOS, News

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No one’s really heard of Li-Fi, but it sounds amazing.

And it sounds like it could be part of the way your iPhone communicates with the rest of the world.

A study of recent iOS code from iOS 9.1 and beyond has found references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

Beginning with iOS 9.1, the operating system’s library cache file makes mention of “LiFiCapability” alongside other hardware and software capability declarations. The change was spotted by Twitter user Chase Fromm.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new feature set

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

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1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new features

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

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Apple pulls Vidyo screen recording utility from App Store

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 17:17
Category: App Store, iOS, News, Software

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If you were interested in the Vidyo screen recording utility, Apple’s yanked it from the App Store.

The app allowed users to record their device’s screen on iPhone and iPad, even when you weren’t using the app itself. That meant you could also record your homescreen. The app made this possible by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection – something that also likely violated Apple’s terms of service and contributed to its removal.

The device, which was tested by MacStories, recorded the iOS device’s audioor the microphone’s audio, video from the device screen or the cameras, and could output in resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps. The app also included other features that let you import your own audio files to combine with your screen recordings in order to make screencasts.

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Fiat Chrysler announces CarPlay support for assorted Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler models later this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 08:26
Category: CarPlay, Google, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software

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A certain number of Fiat Chrysler models, including Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler models, will arrive will Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto support this year.

And that’s a nifty thing.

The automaker announced on Monday that a certain group of the three brands would feature CarPlay and Android Auto support, but didn’t say which exact models would gain the support in its official announcement. CarPlay will bridge with the company’s proprietary Uconnect dash system, which is also being upgraded with things like faster startup times, more responsive touchscreens, and better overall performance.

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Pay Finders app uses crowd sourcing, allows users to find more than 12,000 Apple Pay vendors in the U.S.

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 11:17
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This could be pretty useful.

Brian Roemmele’s PayFinder app works via crowdsourcing to report over 12,000 merchants in North America that accept Apple Pay, 95 percent of them being small businesses. In parallel, its developer reported that the new app’s users have increased an incredible 750 percent over the past two days, indicating a lot of interest in Apple Pay.

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