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Art-minded app and hardware developer FiftyThree on Tuesday announced it will be adding an iOS 8-exclusive feature to the "Paper" drawing app that lets users of the company's "Pencil" stylus change the characteristics of a drawn line by modifying how they hold the tool. Source: FiftyThree The new feature, called "Surface Pressure," will be built into an updated Paper app and allows the Pencil's tapered tip to shade, fill and draw depending on how much of the rubber tip...
Cowen & Company on Tuesday became the latest Wall Street firm to revise their price target for shares of Apple stock upward, setting a new forecast of $102 ahead of the anticipated blockbuster launch of the company's next-generation iPhone. Analyst Timothy Arcuri believes Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" is positioned to give an even bigger boost to handset sales than the iPhone 5 did two years ago, representing the last major redesign of the company's flagship device....
Parallels on Tuesday announced an update to its subscription-based Parallels Access remote desktop app, adding new gestures and controls to support operation on smartphones like Apple's iPhone. With the latest Parallels Access version 2.0 for iOS, the software firm best known for its virtualization software has made its iOS remote control app universal. Parallels first launched the app as an iPad-only title in August 2013, offering a new way to interact with Mac and...
Google-owned smart home device maker Nest on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of its Protect carbon monoxide and smoke alarm after product sales were halted and units recalled when a convenience feature was determined to pose a safety risk. Some two months after Nest first took the Protect CO + Smoke Alarm off the market in April, the device is once again on store shelves with a hefty price reduction from $130 to $99 and crippled feature set, reports The New York...
In a court filing on Monday, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in a class action suit seeking damages from Apple's e-book price fixing scheme informed federal Judge Denise Cote that the company has agreed to settle. Apple's closing slide in its e-book antitrust case. | Source: U.S. District Court The letter addressed to Judge Cote was handed in by plaintiffs' representative Steve Berman, a well-known class-action attorney who told Bloomberg that all parties...
The Unicode Consortium on Monday announced the latest Unicode Standard version 7.0 release includes 2,834 new characters and -- more importantly to avid texters -- more than 250 pictographs, otherwise known as emoji. Source: Unicode Consortium In a post to its official blog, the Unicode Consortium announced the new characters, which include new currency symbols, 23 historic scripts and the widely-used emoji character lineup, along with other assets. The Unicode Standard...
In an interview with the New York Times, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive said Apple has been working to incorporate all new materials in future products, suggesting both new form factors and the possible introduction of long-awaited LiquidMetal and sapphire parts. Apple-GT Advanced joint sapphire production facility in Mesa, Ariz. The NYT on Monday published a longer, edited version of an interview Ive recently gave for a profile of CEO Tim Cook. In the somewhat truncated...
Nuance Communications, the voice recognition company whose technology helps to power Apple's Siri personal assistant, is said to be exploring a sale of the company, with Apple rival Samsung allegedly a potential suitor. Nuance's apparent interest in a sale was first revealed on Monday by The Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources. Nuance is based in Burlington, Mass., and licenses its voice recognition technology to a number of major companies, chief among...
Social networking behemoth Facebook on Monday updated their iPad app with a new right-hand column that brings tablet users faster and easier access to trending content and games. The new layout will be familiar to users of Facebook on the web, with a content column appearing on the right-hand side of the screen when the iPad is held in landscape mode. Facebook calls the change a test, meaning not every user will see the new feature. Gaming is the new section's primary...
The next generation of iOS-compatible flying camera drones appears to be focused on autonomy, as two upcoming devices promise to fly, follow and record users on their own with no piloting necessary. A pair of high-profile Kickstarter campaigns for the Hexo+ and AirDog both show new types of aerial drones that are focused on auto-follow technology. Each device will dynamically track and record a user as they move, making the cameras more intelligent than current drone...
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