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How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

Posted by | January 31, 2015.
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Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and… Read More
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How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

Posted by | January 31, 2015.
connectedcar

Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and… Read More
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The PERI Duo Battery Case Does Double Duty As A Wi-Fi Speaker

Posted by | January 31, 2015.
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The PERI Duo is an iPhone battery case for the frequent entertainer — those who go out with friends and find that they’re the one stuck hooking their phone up to a speaker and doing some impromptu DJing. Read More
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Third-Party Tesla App Provides Look at Opportunities and Limitations of Apple Watch Development

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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Apple made its WatchKit SDK available alongside the release of iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta in November, enabling developers to begin creating apps and software for the wrist-worn device. Looking beyond mockups and conceptual apps, however, a new third-party Tesla app designed by Eleks Labs offers insight into both the opportunities and limitations that developers face with the first-generation Apple Watch.

According to Eleks Lab mobility business developer Markiyan Matsekh, the technical capabilities of WatchKit do not match the expectations set during the Apple Watch keynote. In developing a prototype Tesla app that allows users to control a Model S over the Internet using a web-service API, the team of software engineers found a lot of functionality to be unavailable to developers at this time.

“If you look at the opportunities available for smart watch application development, you’ll also see a quite pessimistic picture,” wrote Matsekh. “Apple does not indulge developers with an abundance of functionality and tools. However, we can hope that the available functions are limited because this is only the first beta version and it will get much better towards the release.”

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Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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Apple has never shown much interest in styluses, even as companies like Samsung and Microsoft have embraced them as major selling points for smartphones and tablets. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs even went as far as saying “If you see a stylus, they blew it,” on one occasion, and at Macworld in 2007, he asked “Who wants a stylus? Nobody wants a stylus.”

Apple’s focus on the fingertip as the best input method doesn’t mean styluses are entirely pointless — they can be useful for taking notes, making sketches, creating artwork, and in dozens of other situations. Luckily, Apple’s disinterest in the stylus hasn’t stopped third-party accessory makers from developing them, and eight years after the iPhone first debuted, there are a range of stylus options on the market.

Adonit is a company that got into the stylus game early, debuting its first stylus on Kickstarter in 2011. The Adonit Jot was one of the first styluses to incorporate a thin plastic precision disc, doing away with a rubber tip to let users see more of the screen while writing. Since then, Adonit has gone on to make a range of styluses, some that even <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" Continue Reading

Buyer’s Guide: Deals on iMac, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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Deals have been a bit sparse in recent weeks following the holidays, but we expect things to pick up somewhat in February and March now that we’re solidly into the new year.

There are a few deals to be had this week on the non-Retina iMac, older now-discontinued iPad Air and iPad mini 2 models, and the Retina MacBook Pro. We’ve also got some discounted Apple-related accessories and a selection of discounted apps.

Retina iMac

There are no particularly good deals on the Retina iMac from third-party resellers this week, but prospective buyers can get a good deal from Apple’s online refurbished store, which has a variety of Retina iMacs available at discounted prices.

All of Apple’s refurbished machines come with a 1 year warranty, but stock fluctuates often, so potential buyers may need to wait for a desired machine to show up in the store.

Non-Retina iMac

– 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo)- $1,179, $120 off
– 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) – $1,399, $100 off
– 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) – $1,659.99, $139 off
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Apple Asking Some Developers to Have Apple Watch Apps Ready by Mid-February

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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Apple appears to be asking some high profile app developers and partners to have their Apple Watch-compatible iPhone apps prepared and ready to launch in the App Store in mid-February. According to a source that spoke to MacRumors, Apple has asked its one of its biggest Apple Pay partners to prepare an iOS application with WatchKit support that’s ready to launch in the App Store by February 12.

It is unclear if Apple asking the same of other developers, but it is possible the company is hoping to test some third-party Apple Watch apps with employees ahead of the device’s launch to get a better feel for battery life when using non-Apple apps. As we detailed earlier today, thousands of Apple employees in the Cupertino area are wearing and testing the device on a daily basis to work out final kinks ahead of an April launch.

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Apple Watch Sightings Picking Up Ahead of Official Launch

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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With just three months to go until the Apple Watch’s April release, Apple is hard at work field testing the device, and hundreds of Apple engineers, employees, and testers are wearing the Apple Watch on a regular basis to help Apple iron out last minute bugs and issues.

Due to the large number of employees testing the device, Apple Watch sightings in the wild have become more common over the course of the last few weeks. On the MacRumors forums, readers are aggregating photos and stories of device sightings, giving us an in-use look at the device that will be attached to many of our wrists in just a few short months.

One of the first major Apple Watch sightings occurred several weeks ago, when Vogue Editor Suzy Menkes snapped a photo of someone wearing the device. Rumors and speculation have suggested the arm in the photo could belong to Marc Newson, the designer who now works at Apple part time alongside Jony Ive.

Image via Suzy Menkes

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‘Vine Kids’ for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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Six-second video sharing service Vine today is available to download for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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AOL Reportedly Shutting Down TUAW Next Week in Larger Restructuring Move

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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AOL will soon be shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a long-running Apple blog better known as TUAW, according to The Verge. TUAW will reportedly close next Monday, February 2, just a few months after celebrating its tenth anniversary. The website currently has 11 staff on its editorial team.

TUAW has been providing Apple news, reviews, how-tos and other content about the Cupertino-based company since December 2004. AOL gained ownership of the website through its acquisition of Weblogs Inc. in 2005. The company has three other flagship media properties in The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget.

The expected closure is part of larger restructuring plans at AOL that will also see long-running gaming website Joystiq shut down. TechCrunch reports that AOL will be laying off about 150 people, mainly in sales, and merging TUAW’s Apple-related content and Joystiq into larger technology website Engadget. The majority of the layoffs will be the result of AOL shifting to more programmatic advertising.

AOL’s restructuring plans are largely unsurprising given CEO Tim Armstrong’s comments during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call in November:

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Apple Shares Reach New Highpoint Following Record-Breaking Quarter [Mac Blog]

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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After opening Friday morning, shares of Apple stock briefly grazed the $120 per share mark, setting a new record high for the company in the market (via AppleInsider). AAPL is currently trading around the $119 mark as of writing, giving the iPhone maker a nearly $700 billion market cap.

Apple announced its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 on Tuesday, reporting $74.6 billion revenue and 74.5 million iPhones sold on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple shares previously almost hit today’s record high, with a $119.75 price per share, in November of 2014, but regressed down to around $110 in the weeks since.

Many analysts remain bullish on Apple’s stock, predicting that the company’s shares are undervalued and could trade for up to $130 or higher within the next year. With the immense popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only growing, and the confirmation of the Apple Watch’s launch this April, such predictions may not be far off.

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New Photos of Chongqing Apple Store Set to Open Tomorrow [Mac Blog]

Posted by | January 30, 2015.
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Preparing to open its doors around 10 AM local time in Jiefangbei Square in Chongqing, China tomorrow, Apple has allowed a few members of the Chinese press inside the new store before the grand opening (via MacX).

Bearing a strong resemblance to the Pudong store in Shangai and the Fifth Avenue store in New York, the majority of the new Chongqing location resides under street level, with a massive glass structure, featuring the Apple logo, hiding a staircase down to lower levels. The company is timing the new location’s opening, and a handful of others, to coincide with the Chinese New Year festivities hitting next month.

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Apple has been steadily opening more and more retail locations across China, pushing unique marketing campaigns – like the Hangzhou store’s calligraphy video or Chongqing’s own art mural – to drum up more overseas interest in Apple. In a statement made last October, Tim Cook said the company hopes to open 25 Apple Stores in China within the next two years.

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Apple Launches ‘Get Productive’ Promotion for iOS and Mac With Discounted Productivity Apps [iOS Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new “Get Productive” sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs.

In the , iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more.

Apple has also named ProCam 2 as its App of the Week, and as a result, the camera and photo editing app is available at no cost, instead of at its regular $1.99 price. [Direct Link]

The iPad version of the app, ProCam XL 2 is also free. [Direct Link]

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Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Yosemite Notification Center Widget

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it’s possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and purchase music while listening to iTunes Radio. The update also includes performance improvements when syncing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

iTunes 12.1 is the first major update to iTunes 12, which was introduced alongside OS X Yosemite. iTunes 12 brought a new design with Yosemite-style translucency elements to improve depth, a streamlined toolbar, and the melding of the iTunes Store and the personal Library to make it easier to navigate between owned content and what’s available in the store.

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MacBook Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Apple Notebook for Your Needs [Mac Blog]

Posted by | January 29, 2015.
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From Apple’s Mac lineup, the company sells many more laptops than desktop computers, part of a trend that has been in place for years. Apple’s laptops are well made, they offer more than enough performance for a majority of users, and you can take the laptop with you wherever you go.

Apple’s laptop lineup consists of two models: the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. There are some obvious and nuanced differences between the two models that you need to consider while shopping for a Mac laptop. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the specifics, the differences, and the performance of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to help you decide which laptop is best for you.

Why you should pick a MacBook Pro

Of the two laptop lineups, the MacBook Pro is the one outfitted with a Retina display. These displays have many more pixels than the MacBook Air displays, which means images and text will look very sharp and clean — it’s a pleasing aesthetic if you’re spending all day at the computer. The high resolution is also great for anyone who’s working in HD video, allowing you to work in actual Continue Reading

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