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Apple is gearing up for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, set to kick off with a keynote presentation next Monday where the company is expected to announce a number of new products, including the next generations of its iOS and OS X platforms, as well as an all-new Apple TV set-top box. Apple preparing the Moscone Center for next week's WWDC. Apple TV Update: A report from The New York Times published on Wednesday claims Apple is not ready to reveal new Apple...
Skype on Wednesday fixed a bug causing its apps to crash with a single message, while Flexibits released a new version of Fantastical 2 for the iPhone, adding an Apple Watch app. Skype quashes messaging bug Just recently discovered, the bug would cause Skype for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android to crash if someone sent an instant message including "http://" and nothing else. The only remedy involved reinstalling the app after asking the message's sender to delete the...
To cope with Apple Watch's relatively small screen size, Apple introduced a hardware feature called Force Touch that invokes app and UI commands with a firm press of the screen. Being hidden by design, these contextual menu options provide deep app control without cluttering the watch face, but can easily be overlooked. Unlike iOS and OS X user interface input tools, Force Touch-based interactions are not accompanied by visual cues like icons and cursors. Without...
Just three months after HBO Now bowed on Apple TV, CBS is said to be in the final stage of preparations to launch a similar offering for Showtime, the broadcast network's HBO competitor, on Apple's set-top streamer. Update: The new service -- called "Showtime" -- has been made official, and will launch on July 12 for $10.99 per month. It's exclusive to Apple's ecosystem for the moment, and users who sign up through Apple in July will receive a 30-day free trial. The...
With Apple expected to open retail sales of the Watch in the near future --?possibly as soon as next week --?shipping times for 38-millimeter models have improved considerably, dropping to as little as 5 business days. The new shipping times apply to every 38-millimeter Apple Watch Sport and most stainless steel versions --?including the space gray and space black models. The lone exception is the 38-millimeter stainless steel Watch with a modern buckle, which is...
Apple on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall of its Beats Pill XL speaker, warning that in some cases the battery in the speaker can overheat and cause a risk of fire. The company has launched a support page for the recall, and asked that people stop using the Pill XL immediately. In compensation the company is offering a refund, whether in the form of Apple Store credit or an electronic transfer of $325. Affected people must submit a return request via a Web form,...
A new support page published to Apple's website details how to setup and use HomeKit, and explains how the Apple TV is used as a hub for remotely controlling HomeKit accessories while on the go. The guide notes that HomeKit works with any iOS 8.1 device, and certified accessories. To pair an accessory, users must find its seven-digit setup code and enter it into the gear maker's custom iOS app. Some apps should allow accessories to be grouped together into homes,...
While Apple Maps is currently restricted to dedicated apps on iOS and OS X, that will change, as a new job listing from Apple reveals the company plans to make its mapping service available cross-platform on the Web. Apple's future plans were revealed in an advertisement seeking a "Maps JavaScript Engineer" posted by the company in the last month. The full-time position based at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters seeks a Web technology expert "to help make...
President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions Ralph de la Vega said Tuesday that phone subsidies will soon vanish as customers move away from two-year commitments in favor of new financing plans. Current options for purchasing an AT&T iPhone from the Apple Store. | Source: Apple According to Re/code, de la Vega believes customers will increasingly choose cellular plans that spread out a handset's full cost over a set period of months. Unlike traditional...
At the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Champions of Freedom event on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered an impassioned speech about public and private sector data collection, emphasizing consumers need data privacy, strong security and the right to encryption. Source: EPIC In his teleconferenced address, Cook, who was honored by EPIC for his work as a corporate leader, played the usual role of privacy advocate and railed against data collection efforts...
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