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New Apple TV remote said to feature motion control

Yesterday, 07:32 PM

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In addition to a touchpad and Siri support, the remote for the upcoming refresh of the Apple TV is said to have one more more thing: motion control. A new report, which reiterates much of what's been said previously about Apple's new set top box, mentions that the new remote for the Apple TV will be motion-sensing.

From TechCrunch:

One thing that hasn't been talked about yet is the fact that the new remote will be motion sensitive, likely including several axis' worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote. The possibilities, of course, are immediately evident.

Apple will reportedly position this remote as a new way to play games on the TV, not only with motion control, but also voice input.

A new Apple TV is widely rumored to be set for a September 9 unveiling alongside new iPhones at Apple's upcoming event. The new box is expected to feature heavily upgraded internals, including an Apple A8 system-on-a-chip and a refreshed, lighter interface.

Source: TechCrunch



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Apple reportedly rolling out in-store mobile Apple Watch...

Yesterday, 06:02 PM

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Apple is reportedly rolling out a new way for customers to try on the Apple Watch in its retail stores. Called Mobile Try-On, the new initiative is said to focus on demonstrating the watch in a more natural fashion than the current method, which keeps customers at a demo table.

Apple Store employees are apparently given Apple Watch demo units to wear around their store, showing it to customers occupying different sections, and demonstrating how an Apple Watch can make their overall iPhone experience better. The memo, obtained by 9to5Mac, details a few scenarios:

Now you can give customers browsing collections at the Display Table a hands-on experience of the Apple Watch in a simple, nature way, and then navigate to the Try-On Table. Take advantage of the paired iPhone to show how they work together.

In the Family Room, customers waiting for appointments can experience Apple Watch. Find out their favorite iPhone feature and show how the Watch can make it better, or show off Calendar events or text messages sent straight to their wrist.

Five specific features are said to be the focus of these mobile try-ons: watch face customization, sending a message with Siri, sending an audio message with iMessage, rearranging watch apps, and using the connection Glance to ping an iPhone.

It's interesting to watch Apple try a new method of demonstrating the Apple Watch to new customers. While the exisitng demonstration methods serve their purpose of introducing customers to watch features well, they do seem a bit sterile. Something with a more personal touch would be nice to see.

Source: 9to5Mac



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Apple reportedly shuttering One to One on September 28

Yesterday, 05:26 PM

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It appears that Apple may be shutting down its One to One education program in its Apple Retail Stores at the end of September. A memo has reportedly been sent to retail staff letting them know that One to One will be discontinued on September 28, with the revamped Workshops program taking its place.

From memo, obtained by 9to5Mac:

Open Training and Thematic Workshops are great options. Thematic Workshops offer dynamic learning where customers learn from the instructor and other participants. Open Training encourages a collaborative learning environment for One to One members to work on their goals. We'll be providing guidance to increase the number of Thematic Workshops that your store will offer to customers.

It's not surprising to see One to One being shuttered. The program is expensive for stores to run, and with an ever-dwindling number of new sign ups, it's probably better for Apple to put focus in areas that will end up serving more customers.

Source: 9to5Mac



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SCOSCHE's BoomBOTTLE+ is a rugged Bluetooth speaker t...

Yesterday, 04:48 PM

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Accessory maker SCOSCHE has debuted a new rugged Bluetooth speaker perfect for the outdoors. The BoomBOTTLE+ is a tough new cylindrical speaker that you can take pretty much anywhere thanks to its dust and water proofing and large battery, letting you listen to the latest tracks on Apple Music or catch up on your favorite podcasts on the go.

The sound of the BoomBOTTLE+ is powered by 55mm drivers, along with two passive radiators. The size and cylindrical shape of the speakers allows it to fit inside a bike's water bottle cage, allowing cyclists to take it anywhere without blocking their hearing with headphones. The speaker is IP67 rated, meaning that it's completely dust tight, and can be immersed in water up to one meter deep. It also has a shock-absorbent shell to keep it safe from drops.

SCOSCHE says that the 6,000mAh battery can deliver 15 hours of music playback, and the BoomBOTTLE+ is even supposed to charge your phone or tablet while in use. The speaker comes in three color options: Black/Space Gray, Black/Gold, and Sport Blue. It is available now from SCOSCHE for $179.99.

Buy the BoomBOTTLE+ from SCOSCHE for $179.99



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New music on iTunes: Albums from The Weekend and Andra Da...

Yesterday, 04:13 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Every Friday, the iTunes Store adds new music to its lineup. This week, we have new albums from The Weekend and Andra Day, discounts on dance, and you can pre-order Demi Lovato's new album.

This week sees the release of Beauty Behind the Madness, the new album from The Weekend. Andra Day's debut, Cheers to the Fall, is also available. This week also sees the debut of BADLANDS, the first studio album from Halsey. We also have a new single from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Downtown. Finally, we have Alessia Cara, who has released her new EP Four Pink Walls.

Apple is currently discounting a wide array of dance albums. For $5.99 each, you can grab music from Dillon Francis, Donna Summer, Alesso, and Daft Punk, among others. The music includes a mix of more modern hits and classic tracks.

In addition to new music to buy, new pre-orders for upcoming albums are also available. That starts with Confident, the new album from Demi Lovato, expected October 16. Also expected on October 16 is E Project, a new album from Jean-Michel Jarre. You can also pre-order Tangled Up, the new album from Thomas Rhett, which is expected on September 25.

Check back next week for more great music from the iTunes Store.



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Mobile Nations Community Update, August 2015

Yesterday, 03:11 PM

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Greetings all! Time for the Mobile Nations Community Update, your monthly look at the best contests, recent happenings, hottest forum threads, and more from Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.



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Save 33% on this nylon holster with belt clip for iPhone 6

Yesterday, 03:09 PM

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Manufactured in the US, this durable nylon holster shields your iPhone 6 from damage while securely attached to your side using its heavy duty belt clip. It's even water resistant for those days when weather get rough! Grab one on sale today for just $23.95



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Google, sadly, tells ad developers how to disable Apple...

Yesterday, 02:52 PM

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Instead of helping developers turn off app transport security, Google should help them apply as much of it as possible.

App Transport Security is Apple's forward-looking way to make sure any communications between an app and a web server are done using TLS 1.2 and SHA256 or better security. That way nobody can eavesdrop on or tamper with your private data. Yesterday Google not only told developers how to disable it, including giving them the code to do it. From the Google Ads Developer Blog:

While Google remains committed to industry-wide adoption of HTTPS, there isn't always full compliance on third party ad networks and custom creative code served via our systems. To ensure ads continue to serve on iOS9 devices for developers transitioning to HTTPS, the recommended short term fix is to add an exception that allows HTTP requests to succeed and non-secure content to load successfully.

Not surprisingly, that caused a backlash in the security community.

What Google could have done, and arguably should have done, was help developers configure things in such a way that app traffic remained secure while working on making the ads secure as well Instead, Google simply told them how to turn it all off. Private data connections and ads, all of it. It's the easiest approach but also the laziest and worst approach for users.

Google updated the article later in the day:

We've received important feedback about this post and wanted to clarify a few points. We wrote this because developers asked us about resources available to them for the upcoming iOS 9 release, and we wanted to outline some options. To be clear, developers should only consider disabling ATS if other approaches to comply with ATS standards are unsuccessful. Apple has provided a tech note describing different approaches, including the ability to selectively enable ATS for a list of provided HTTPS sites.

Our own Nick Arnott wrote about ATS after Apple announced it at WWDC 2015 and recommended several options, the third of which could be a better solution for developers and users both. From Neglected Potential:

Conversely, you may only want ATS to work on domains you specifically know can support it. For example, if you developer a Twitter client, there will be countless URLs you may want to load that may not be able to support ATS, though you would want things like login calls, and other requests to Twitter to use ATS. In this case you can disable ATS as your default, then specify URL which you do wish to use ATS.

In this case you should set NSAllowsArbitraryLoads to true, then define the URLs that you want to be secure in your NSExceptionDomains dictionary. Each domain you wish to be secure should have its own dictionary, and the NSExceptionAllowsInsecureHTTPLoads for that dictionary should be set to false.

App Transport Security is brand new with iOS 9 and there will be some initial pain, especially for people with content like ads. But that doesn't mean the privacy and security baby should be thrown out with the bathwater. Everyone is stressed and rushed leading up to a launch, so if a company like Google recommends an easy out by just shutting security down, that out is more likely going to be taken.

Recode put it this way:

Both companies say they're moving toward the same goalpost on mobile security. The difference: When ads and security clash, Google wants to figure out a compromise, because Google is an advertising company. Apple isn't.

Everyone, platform owners and developers included, can be inclined to punt in the face of impending change. I'm optimistic, however, that Google can get it together and help developers achieve the best results for now, and better ones going forward.

Because once security and privacy is turned off, there's a good chance they'll stay that way.

Nick Arnott contributed to this article.



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PayPal U.K. customers can get 20% off select digital iTun...

Yesterday, 02:26 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

PayPal customers in the U.K. can once again get select digital iTunes Store gift cards for 20% off when they buy them through PayPal. The promotion is only available to cards purchased through PayPal Digital Gifts, and applies only to select amounts. Customers can get a £15 card for £12, a £25 card for £20, a card worth £50 for £40, and finally, a £100 gift card for £80.

Customers can apply these cards to their iTunes accounts. They can be used to buy anything currently on offer from any of Apple's digital content stores, including apps, movies, music, and books. The promotion has already started, and will run until August 31.

Save 20% on iTunes gift cards with PayPal



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Apple joins Pentagon program for military wearables and s...

Yesterday, 02:07 PM

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Apple is among the 162 companies, universities, and other groups partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop new sensors for the military, including some that could be worn by soldiers. But far from developing a military-grade Apple Watch, Apple, Boeing, and others are being asked to help build high-tech, multi-purpose sensors that could be worn by soldiers, but also used for other purposes, like being attached to vehicles.

From Reuters:

The new technology aims to use high-end printing technologies to create stretchable electronics that could be embedded with sensors and worn by soldiers, a defense official said, and could ultimately be used on ships or warplanes for real-time monitoring of their structural integrity.

In addition to Apple and Boeing, the so-called FlexTech alliance consists of companies, universities, and other groups. Membership includes Harvard University, Advantest Akron Polymer Systems, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The research and development program will be based out of a new lab in San Jose, California.

Source: Reuters; Via MacRumors



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