Lisa OS to be released as open source project in 2018

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, 03:02
Category: Fun, News, Software

This definitely qualifies as nifty…

Come 2017, the Computer History Museum will release the Apple Lisa OS as a free, open source project. Apple’s Lisa, which was the first computer with a graphical user interface, debuted in 1983.

The computer was considered a flop, selling only 10,000 units on an R&D investment of US$150 million. The Lisa caused a fight between Steve Jobs and then-CEO John Sculley, which caused Jobs to leave Apple.

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Rumor: Apple could look to MediaTek for iPhone modem components as legal dispute with Qualcomm drags on

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, Rumor

Amidst the ongoing legal kerfuffle between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple may be eyeing a partnership with Taiwan’s MediaTek, which could supply baseband modem chipsets for iPhones beginning in 2018.

The story was first broken by DigiTimes, which has a hit-or-miss track record on stories such as these, but has landed some good scoops where iPhone components are concerned.

An anonymous source stated that MediaTek “has a chance” to secure modem orders from Apple. As of now, Apple has already transferred half of its iPhone modem chipsets from Qualcomm to Intel, following Apple’s lawsuit filed earlier this year, accusing Qualcomm of withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature upgraded TrueDepth camera system, larger-capacity batteries

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

It’s thought that an upgraded TrueDepth camera system in a next-gen iPhone, while spiffy, will require larger-capacity batteries.

Per KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries.

The analyst offered the following quote regarding the topic:

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Apple admits to throttling iOS performance on older iPhone models since 2016, cites battery-related/altruistic reasons for practice

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:45
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Well, this isn’t good.

Following years of suspicion from critics, Apple may have admitted to secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

After years of anecdotal evidence that the company was purposely slowing performance to compel users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, offering the following comments as to the practice:

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Apple’s rumored “Marzipan” project might allow iOS apps to run under macOS, could be part of development efforts in 2018

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:12
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

A new Apple project could allow thousands of iOS applications to run under macOS.

Apple is reportedly working to overcome challenges in getting software developers to embrace the Mac App Store. With the expected upcoming changes, developers will be able to create a single application that can work with either a touchscreen, a mouse, or a trackpad.

The project, reportedly codenamed “Marzipan”, will allow macOS and iOS applications to essentially blur together with the hope that applications on the Mac will be updated more frequently and be of higher quality than their current state. A Bloomberg report cited the official Twitter app, which is regularly updated for iPhone and iPad, but less frequently so for Mac.

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iPhone X availability improves to same-day pickup in most Apple Store retail locations, one-day shipping times in the United States, United Kingdom

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag an iPhone X for the holidays, you’ll probably be in luck.

Apple’s updated online store now reflects the improved availability of the handset in the United States. As such, potential customers can most likely pick up an iPhone X from an Apple Store retail location or via next-day delivery.

According to the Apple website, orders in the United States for all combinations of color and capacity of the iPhone X are claimed to be “In Stock” for deliveries, with orders arriving with customers as soon as “Tomorrow.” This appears to apply to devices for all four major carriers, as well as the SIM-free variant.

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iOS 10.2 and later now include Emergency SOS feature

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017, 03:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

This could help keep you safe.

iOS 11 now includes an SOS feature which allows you to make emergency calls with three clicks of your iPhone’s sleep/wake button. Just click this button between sleep and wake mode three times and your iPhone will use your GPS coordinates to notify local emergency services.

You can find preferences for the feature under the general Settings feature, whereupon you can configure a countdown sound and whether emergency services require three or find clips of the sleep/wake button to activate. Users can also configure their medical information, which can be sent along to emergency services as well.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update, addresses HomeKit remote access bug within operating system

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2017, 03:10
Category: HomeKit, iOS, News, Software

This could be helpful.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 11.2.1, the most recent version of its mobile operating system.

The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

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djay Pro updated to 2.0.1, receives massive overhaul in the process

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:17
Category: Fun, News, Software

In the category of “nifty software that we like”, algoriddim GmbH has released djay Pro 2.0.1, the newest version of its DJ/mixing software.

The new version, a 273.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

– All-new user interface.

– New media library: create your own playlists from Spotify, iTunes, and Finder.

– Smart Filters, Smart Playlists, Manual Match.

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GymKit surfaces in Manhattan following launches in London and Australia

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Apple Watch, GymKit, News, Software, Wearables

This could lead to something nifty.

Apple’s GymKit platform seems to have made its first debut in the United States. After initially surfacing in Australia and London, GymKit was seen as Life Time Athletic at Sky, a “luxury health club” in Manhattan. GymKit is also expected to be incorporated at the Equinox line of clubs beginning in 2018. Life Time Athletic says it plans to expand to over 130 locations soon and is currently using equipment from TechnoGym.

The GymKit platform pairs an Apple Watch with workout equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Once paired, the user has access to more accurate information such as speed and incline.

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