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  • Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

    Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display… Read More

  • Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

    Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

    Dr. Dre’s headphone company is now Apple’s headphone company, but the Beats Solo 2 were unveiled just after the acquisition and clearly developed long before Apple became involved. Still, the sequel to Beats’ flagship product is more than just a footnote to the acquisition story – they’re a huge improvement on the originals and a good reason why the latter-day… Read More

  • Pinterest Snags Longtime Apple Alums To Head Up Engineering And Design

    Pinterest Snags Longtime Apple Alums To Head Up Engineering And Design

    Social pinboarding site Pinterest today announced that it has picked up two notable new hires, both longtime Apple alums, to head up its Engineering and Design departments. All that funding is not going to waste, it seems. Michael Lopp, who was previously a director of engineering at Palantir, will head Engineering; Bob Baxley, the former Director of Design for the Apple Online Store, will… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Weightlifting Tracking Sensor With Possible iWatch Integration

    Apple Patents A Weightlifting Tracking Sensor With Possible iWatch Integration

    Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO that relates to health tracking (via AppleInsider). It describes a standalone sensor that can be attached to weightlifting bars or other in-gym equipment to track repetitions and measure frequency, quality of movement and more using onboard accelerometers and processors. It would also be able to work with a remote display, including one described… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 8 Includes Code For Running Apps Side-By-Side

    Apple’s iOS 8 Includes Code For Running Apps Side-By-Side

    One thing that had been rumored for inclusion in iOS 8 that wasn’t announced on stage was a new trick for the iPad that would let it run two apps side-by-side concurrently. The feature was first reported by Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac as one in a series of articles revealing upcoming features of the then-secret beta, and claimed that you’d be able to not only run two apps next to… Read More

  • The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    Apple’s 7-for-1 split went live today, and its share price dipped under the $100 mark as the technology company greatly increased its share count. The market is up today, but Apple has picked up more than twice the bounce that the NASDAQ has received, climbing north of 1 percent. It’s not a massive rally, but no one anticipated more. Apple’s split is noteworthy given its… Read More

  • Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Video Views, Social Sharing

    Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Video Views, Social Sharing

    Apple has begun to crack down on tools that app developers use to monetize and grow their applications, including incentivized video viewing and rewarded social sharing, as well as discovery tools that allow users to find apps inside the games they’re already playing. The move will have a significant impact on the app industry as a whole, and will serve as something of a… Read More

  • Apple Makes It Harder For In-Store Marketers To Track You In iOS 8

    Apple Makes It Harder For In-Store Marketers To Track You In iOS 8

    Apple has enabled MAC address randomization in iOS 8 (from Frederic Jacobs via HackerNews), which means it’s harder for marketers to keep track of your comings and goings in or around public Wi-Fi networks. In the updated software, while your iPhone is scanning for Wi-Fi networks, it assigns a “random, locally administered” MAC address, which is typically a constant… Read More

  • With iOS 8, Apple Stands Ready To Ramp Up Consumer Purchasing Power

    With iOS 8, Apple Stands Ready To Ramp Up Consumer Purchasing Power

    Apple’s various additions to iOS 8 mean we’re going to see a big shift come September, in terms of what’s available to both consumers and developers, but the group that should be most excited might be marketers and others trying to get users buying things on and with their devices. A few of the new features in iOS 8 make it much easier to shop on and with your iPhone, and… Read More

  • Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business. It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs (and a new programming language) to developers; a renewed, more aggressive effort in cloud services; and some changes across its mobile and desktop operating systems to make them a lot more integrated with the primary way that we… Read More

  • With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

    With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

    At Macworld 2001, Steve Jobs famously introduced the “digital hub” strategy for the Mac, making it the device where all of the single-purpose gadgets for things like recording movies or playing music would be managed. At this year’s WWDC event, Apple showed that the iPhone is the new hub, and your Mac, iPad, and everything in the cloud is now just an accessory. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Sauce

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Sauce

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor. The setup: a delicious Apple muscle-flexing that to some somehow escaped the gravity of the Post Jobs era into orbit. We barely got to all the delights in the candy store — even upstarts with plenty to lose like the Box guy sat in the front row with a grin on his face at the sheer fun of Apple’s… Read More

  • Apple’s New Approach To iCloud Is Good News For Everyone

    Apple’s New Approach To iCloud Is Good News For Everyone

    At its WWDC keynote earlier this week, Apple announced CloudKit, a new, “effectively free” developer framework that lets app creators tap into Apple’s iCloud so that they can more easily work cloud components into their mobile apps. Read More

  • Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

    Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

    At its WWDC conference this week, Apple unveiled a scaffolding of sorts that allows developers to control smart home devices like light switches, thermostats, garage doors and more. This is called HomeKit, and it promises to be flexible and powerful — but its success will lie in hardware adoption. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: WWDC, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, And WWDC!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: WWDC, iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, And WWDC!

    WWDC! Apple might have skimped on hardware announcements, but the improvements to Apple’s desktop and mobile software are plenty. iOS 8 offers badass messaging, new camera software, and of course, Continuity, which lets you leave one task and pick it up from device to device. Meanwhile, OS X Yosemite offers a “dark mode”!! But at the end of the day, it’s the developers… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Spotsetter, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been quietly snapped up by Apple, TechCrunch has learned. The technology, which involves layering social data on top of a maps interface could be used to beef up Apple Maps with features competitor Google lacks. The deal, we understand, was mainly about acquiring the technology and… Read More

  • Apple iWatch Coming In October With Curved OLED Screen And Health Tracking, Says Nikkei

    Apple iWatch Coming In October With Curved OLED Screen And Health Tracking, Says Nikkei

    Apple revealed a lot of news at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this year, but it didn’t discuss or show off any iWatch. Still, a new report from Japanese newspaper the Nikkei says that an iWatch is indeed on its way, with a targeted ship date of October. The gadget will include a curved OLED screen and health tracking functions, and be powered by iOS 8, Nikkei… Read More

  • The Platform Wars

    The Platform Wars

    During its WWDC keynote this year, Apple took on the world: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive for cloud storage; WhatsApp, Snapchat and BBM for messaging; Skype and your cell phone for calls; Google for search; and so on. Hell, Apple even took on Objective-C. Read More

  • Apple Using M7 Motion Processor For Indoor Positioning With iOS 8

    Apple Using M7 Motion Processor For Indoor Positioning With iOS 8

    Apple has added a trick to its CoreLocation set of geopositioning tools in iOS 8, 9to5Mac has noticed, and that will make it possible for venue owners to build indoor positioning systems into software tied to their facilities. iOS 8 adds the M7 processor and iPhone motion sensors to the CoreLocation API, handing off location tracking to those elements from GPS, cell and Wi-Fi tower broad… Read More

  • Apple’s New iPhone Ad Stars A Bunch Of Health Gadgets That Are Not An iWatch

    Apple’s New iPhone Ad Stars A Bunch Of Health Gadgets That Are Not An iWatch

    Somewhere in my basement I have a Presidential Fitness Award signed by George H.W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think I had to do 50 pushups or something to qualify — it’s a good thing that I took the test before smartphones existed, because that really put a crimp in my overall fitness state. But, as they’re essentially sensor packages with computers attached… Read More