September 18, 2012 |
Apple is set to release its latest operating system, iOS 6, on Wednesday, just a few days before the launch of the iPhone 5. Here are a few of its best features and why Apple users may want to update their devices. Siri for new iPad (third generation) and iPod Touch (fifth generation) For the first time, Siri will no longer be exclusive to the iPhone. Siri will be making the leap to the third-generation iPad and the fifth-generation iPod Touch. Siri will also be capable of doing more things, including opening apps, finding sports, movie and restaurant information, and posting what you say directly to Twitter or Facebook, which brings us to...
August 30, 2012 |
If you want to know how many people are dying at the hands of U.S. drone strikes, the Drones+ app is for you. It sends a text alert to your iPhone whenever the media reports casualties from a drone strike. It also compiles media reports about the strike, and shows you a Google map with locations of other strikes in the area marked by red pushpins. If that sounds interesting to you, we've got bad news. You can't have it. Apple has rejected the app from its App Store three times this summer.
August 23, 2012 |
A new Facebook app for Apple mobile devices that the social network says is twice as fast as its predecessor arrived Thursday in Apple's online app store. Facebook says the new app, which will replace both the current iPhone and iPad apps, has been rebuilt from the ground up to give users a much faster experience. Facebook said the new "app is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed. " GALLERY: Freshest Facebook features The app has also received two notable changes.
August 17, 2012 |
This week, Dunkin' Donuts released a new app that lets you pay for doughnuts with your iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone. I'm not sure anyone in America needs the act of buying doughnuts to be easier -- but that's not Dunkin' Donuts' problem. The Dunkin' app works like the Starbucks mobile payment app. Download it from Google Play or the App Store, then load it up with money. The card supports American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal. The next time you need a doughnut fix, you can hand the cashier your mobile device to be scanned rather than using cold hard cash or a credit card.
August 16, 2012 |
Instagram released the third major update for its mobile app Thursday, introducing a geo-based photo browsing feature. The new update lets you present your photos in a map view that shows each picture at the location you tagged it when you uploaded to the mobile photo-based social network. You can also, of course, use the feature to browse your friends' pictures. Just head to their profile and click on the new button that says "Photo Map" to check it out. Sadly, though, that tab won't be enabled on your friends' profile until they download the update and enable the feature.
July 27, 2012 |
Seeking to improve its touch technology, security, its patents portfolio or perhaps all of the above, Apple has purchased AuthenTec Inc., a fingerprint-authentication products maker, for $356 million in cash, according to an SEC filing . The acquisition is the second biggest purchase ever made by Apple and offers AuthenTec's stockholders $8 a share, more than 60% above its Thursday closing price. AuthenTec sells fingerprint sensors to companies for security purposes but its touch-sensing technology can also be integrated into computers, according to the New York Times . AuthenTec also makes security technology for mobile devices, which could come in handy for Apple which this month saw malware sneak into its iOS App Store for the first time.
July 19, 2012 |
What do you do when your wife just won't use her iPhone? Why, you call up your childhood pal and build her an app, of course. Thus, Scriblist was born. "We made the app because our wives don't want to use the iPhones as much as we do," said app designer Blade Olson in a Skype interview with The Times. Olson, in San Francisco, said that he and his best friend since age 3 in Chicago conspired through code to help their analog beloveds become more fond of the iPhone. Scriblist for iOS started as a grocery list app. "That was one of the things that they both still use paper lists for," Olson said.
July 18, 2012 |
An Apple iOS app called Snap Payroll that's designed to help small businesses figure out their employees' paychecks recently launched. The free app fromIntuit Inc.is supposed to help small-business owners calculate the correct amount of pay they owe their employees after including any federal and state taxes as well as overtime hours. "Snap Payroll frees them from relying on a spreadsheet and their own math skills to determine the appropriate pay and how much to deduct for taxes," the company said in a release.
July 16, 2012 |
Apple is expected to announce a 7.85-inch screen iPad some time before the year ends, according to a report. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company is working on a smaller version of the iPad that will sell for significantly less than the price of the current 9.7-inch screen iPad, sources familiar with the matter said, according to the report. The smaller iPad has been reported by several outlets since the late June unveiling of the Nexus 7, a 7-inch screen tablet made by Google. The latest report, by the New York Times , says a smaller tablet would be part of Apple's tried and true strategy to get its customers by offering a multitude of similar devices at various price points, just as they did with iPods during the last decade.
July 13, 2012 |
Nvidia, a semiconductor maker, said as many as 400,000 of its users' passwords were stolen by hackers. The company, which makes parts used in Apple and Google products, among others, said attacks this month resulted in hackers compromising its users' encrypted passwords. As a result, the company told the Los Angeles Times, it has suspended five of its websites as it investigates the matter. A spokesman for the company said that despite the passwords being "scrambled using an encrypted algorithim," hackers were still able to steal them, according to a report by the Associated Press . Nvidia told the Los Angeles Times that the accounts belonged to users of the Nvidia Forum, Developer Zone and Research Site, which the company has now suspended.