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Time Limits desperately needed on iOS

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Kids

TL;DR I’d like to see the Time Limits feature from OS X come to iOS Restrictions.

Time Limits in OS X Parental Controls

It’s hard to deny that the iPad is an unbridled success and that it changed how we use computers in our daily lives. For kids, this might be the understatement of the decade. The iPad is a kid’s dream, it can play games, movies, music and can be interacted with on many levels.

The iPad’s popularity with children is simultaneously its best and its worst feature. Ask any parent with young kids.

I have two kids (ages 7 and 4) and they received iPad minis for Christmas. While iPads are nothing short of magic to young kids, things can quickly turn ugly when young ones are told that “it’s time to put the iPads away.” My seven year old is definitely ready for an iPad but my four year old is borderline. An unfortunate reality of having multiple: what you buy for one you need to buy for the other.

It’s important to set limits on iPad use for young kids, so that they can do other things like homework and playing with other kids and we generally limit their use to one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends. The problem is enforcing these time limits. While my seven year old generally complies, my four year old frequently breaks down in tears.

The solution is system-level time limits that shut off the iPad after a user-defined interval. Unfortunately, third-party iOS apps don’t have system level access (thanks to sandboxing), so the feature has to come from Apple.

Luckily, Time Limits are already available on OS X. (more…)

JetBlue to begin accepting Apple Pay on international flights next week, domestic flights later this year

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:31
Category: Finance, iPhone, News


This is sort of cool.

While assorted vendors are lining up and adding support for Apple Pay, JetBlue Airways has announced that it has become the first airline to use Apple Pay to purchase things in-flight starting next week.

Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You’ll be able to upgrade to available premium seats via Apple Pay as well.


Apple releases first OS X 10.10.3 build to developer community, includes first look at Photos application

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Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 05:54
Category: Developer, News, Software, Yosemite


It’s the previews and betas that let you know about the cool stuff coming down the pipe…

Developers got their mitts on build 14D721, the first preview build of OS X 10.10.3 on Thursday. The new build featured the first sample of Apple’s forthcoming Photos application, which replaces iPhoto for Mac.

Apple offered a preview of Photos under embargo to select publications ahead of Thursday’s beta release. Initial impressions make it clear the application is yet another marriage between iOS and OS X, including icons and a general look and feel borrowed from the native Photos application for iOS 8.


Microsoft acquires Sunrise for $100 million, looks to expand cross-platform calendar app technologies

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 13:05
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


When in doubt, buy the best calendar app you can and make it part of your services package.

Microsoft has shelled out a reported US$100 million for Sunrise, an outfit offering a suite of calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and on the Mac App Store, as well as offering a web client.

Users can access their calendars from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange, as well as connecting to a wide range of other third-party apps. That cross-device and cross-platform support has helped it gain significant traction among users.

The purchase furthers Microsoft’s push into supporting the platforms of rival technology firms. Microsoft made waves when it released a touch-friendly version of Office for Apple iOS, for example, before it did so for its own Windows 10 platform.


NFL forbids use of iPhones, other gadgets on the sidelines during the Super Bowl

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 11:39
Category: Fun, iPhone, News, Software


If you’re going to be on the Super Bowl sidelines, LEAVE YOUR IPHONE AT HOME!!!

Of course, that’s if you’re going to be on the sidelines. Otherwise, bring your iPhone along.

NFL players and coaches are allowed no other tablets or smartphones on the sidelines. (Recently, the Cleveland Browns were accused of breaking that rule with texts from the press box to the field). In the coaches’ booth, no computers are allowed. Aside from the Microsoft tablets, Vince Lombardi could time-travel to coach the Patriots or Seahawks on Sunday and not find himself at a terrible technological disadvantage.


Starwood announces near-term plans for keyless check-in, Apple Watch support

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 08:50
Category: iOS, iPhone, News


This might qualify as “nifty” depending on your travel needs.

Starwood has reached out and stated that the hotel chain will begin supporting the following in 2015 and 2016:

– Mobile, Keyless Check-In: Starwood finally unlocked the nirvana of keyless check-in at hotels by bringing SPG Keyless to market, available in hotels around the world; Marriott, Hilton, and others announced plans to follow in 2015 & 2016 meanwhile by the end of the year keyless access will be available in 30,000 doors across Starwood properties.


Apple releases iTunes 12.1 update

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 08:20
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, iTunes, News, Software


It’s not the biggest change in the world, but it’s still worth snagging.

On Thursday, Apple released version 12.1 of its iTunes media software. The new version, a 216.6 megabyte download, which can be directly download or installed via the Software Update feature in OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:

– This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio — right from Notification Center.


In spite of lower year-over-year iPad sales, Tim Cook says not to worry

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Date: Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail


iPad sales may be on the decline, albeit Apple CEO Tim Cook says not to worry.

Per 9to5Mac and Macworld, Apple’s recent financial report noted “all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store,” while remaining silent on iPad sales. With year-on-year sales down 18%, and a reduction in average selling price meaning revenue was down 22%.

Tim Cook acknowledges that the switch to larger-screened iPhones mean the iPad is being squeezed from both sides.

“There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other,” said Cook.


Apple posts $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in profit for Q1 2015 financial report

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 17:48
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, News


It was a good quarter for Apple.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple announced its Q1 2015 earnings results today, the company reporting US$74.6 billion in revenue and earning US$18 billion in profit during the three-month period.

The results showed a gross margin of 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.


Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 update

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 17:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


It’s not a revolutionary update, but it could be useful.

On Tuesday, Apple released its iOS 8.1.3 update for its iOS devices.

The update, a 200+ megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes: