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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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:

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Analysts highlight extremely strong iPhone sales in China over last quarter

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 17:04
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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The Chinese marketplace apparently loves the iPhone 6.

Per MacRumors and Financial Times, according to analysts from financial firm UBS, China accounted for 36 percent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared to 24 percent for the U.S. The analysts also compared the numbers to 2013, noting that a year before China accounted for only 22 percent of shipments with the U.S. at 29 percent.

Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin concurs with the UBS report, believing around 2 million more iPhones were sold in China than in the U.S. during the quarter. With the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, he also believes it’s just the beginning of the country’s fiscal dominance over Apple sales.

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Rumor: Samsung snags 75% of Apple’s A9 processor orders

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 10:05
Category: Hardware, Processors, Rumor

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Apple and Samsung may have their ongoing legal squabbles, but that doesn’t stop them from making el dinero.

Per AppleInsider and the Maeil Business Insider, Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple’s next-generation “A9″ system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year’s iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

Citing industry sources, the South Korean publication reported on Sunday that Samsung’s Austin, Texas fab is responsible for a 75 percent slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming SoC, presumably dubbed “A9″ if the company’s A-series naming convention is followed.

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Apple earnings estimates begin to come together

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 09:24
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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It’s impossible to say what Apple’s exact earnings will be until they’re announced on Tuesday, but the cool cats at Bloomberg are beginning to put some numbers together.

Over on their Apple stock page, the current estimates are pointing towards 17 percent growth in revenue and net income boosted by holiday sales of devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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To conquer the iPhone, you must first beat its camera

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 15:29
Category: Android, Fun, iPhone

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This is worth reading.

An interesting piece over on The Verge discusses one of the iPhone’s chief strengths: being able to take a good picture with almost no fiddling with the controls and being able to take a clear, sharp picture on the very first attempt. This contrasts with the author’s description of his “routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself” and his realization of gadget envy in this regard.

The author then goes on to state that “I saw more iPhones in the hands of CES attendees than I did Android phones across the countless exhibitor booths. From the biggest keynote event to the smallest stall on the show floor, everything was being documented with Apple’s latest smartphone, and it all looked so irritatingly easy. I don’t want an iPhone, but dammit, I want the effortlessness of the iPhone’s camera.”

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