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Amid reports of a major hardware and software refresh coming later this year, Apple on Tuesday added three more app channels to the current-generation Apple TV: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood. The TED app brings that online network's 1,900-plus lectures and performances to the Apple TV. The interface is divided into front page, Talks, and playlist sections, the latter two of which let viewers browse by category, or collections under different themes, such as Black...
Anyone who has ever had their headphones yanked off their head after getting the cord caught on a doorknob or dealt with a loose plug from from too many insertion cycles will appreciate the idea behind Magzet, a new adapter that adds MagSafe-like functionality to the audio jack. Magzet consists of two parts: a jack that slots into the headphone port on a smartphone or tablet, and a magnetic adapter into which you can plug a pair of headphones. The two pieces then snap...
Pressure-sensitive drawing is now capable with any stylus or just a finger on the new MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad, thanks to an update to the Inklet OS X app from Ten One Design. Previously, Inklet required users to own a Pogo stylus for pressure-sensitive input. But Apple's new Force Touch technology integrates support for varying levels of input into the trackpad itself. Available today for $24.95, Inklet 1.6 is the first third-party drawing application to...
The hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" debuted on Tuesday to set the record straight on Apple's cofounder and upon launch rocketed to the No. 1 spot on Amazon's Rich & Famous Biographies list. Co-authored by longtime tech journalist Brent Schlender and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli, "Becoming Steve Jobs" is an intimate look into the life of Apple's cofounder, one that looks to dispel common myths about who he was and how he lived. Much of...
Apple's current Find My Friends app lets iPhone and iPad users spot acquaintances on a map, but an invention detailed on Tuesday takes things to a whole new level with path tracking and route following. Source: USPTO Awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patent No. 8,989,773 for "Sharing location information among devices" describes a method by which an iPhone or cellular-connected iPad can, after authorization, be provided location and path...
An Apple patent published on Tuesday details a miniaturized iPhone camera system that employs a light-splitting cube to parse incoming rays into three color components, each of which are captured by separate sensors. Source: USPTO As granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S Patent No. 8,988,564 for a "Digital camera with light splitter" examines the possibilities of embedding a three-sensor prism-based camera module within the chassis of a thin...
Netflix on Monday debuted its streaming media services to markets in Australia and New Zealand, with official subscription access rolling out on a variety of platforms including Apple TV. Cord cutters in Australia and New Zealand can now access on-demand TV shows and movies from Netflix via Apple TV, Smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, game consoles, the Web and more, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Prior to today's launch, an estimated 200,000 Australians subscribed to...
Apple could potentially face trial in Italy after prosecutors there recently finished a probe into claims that the company's crafty accounting led to more than 879 million euros ($964 million) in unpaid corporate taxes. Apple Store Via Roma in Torino, Italy. Citing a pair of sources with knowledge of the inquiry, Reuters on Monday reported prosecutors completed their probe into Apple's tax practices and, under Italian law, may soon seek a trial over the matter. At the...
Twitter on Monday initiated an ad engagement test through its iOS apps that will cause sponsored video ads to automatically play on select iPhone and iPad devices in the U.S. According to a report from Ad Age, Twitter is looking to gauge whether users are more likely to watch a video ad if it queues up and plays automatically. "We're running a small test on a few variations on the video playback experience," Twitter said. The experiment has two embodiments in which...
Apple recently activated a program allowing merchants to order Apple Pay decal kits to dress up shop windows and registers, which raises customer awareness of where Apple's payment service is accepted. Apple Pay decal kits, which include two sizes each of glass and register decals and an application tool, are now available to order through Apple's Merchant Supplies website. The kits are free, though shop owners needing more than five are instructed to place their order...
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