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Apple + IBM add 8 new enterprise iOS apps, first for indu...

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Through its MobileFirst for iOS initiative, Apple and IBM have added 8 new enterprise apps for designed exclusively for iPhone and iPad. The latest apps developed as part of the partnership between the two companies include two new industries: healthcare and industrial products. The 8 new apps brings the total of MobileFirst for iOS apps to 22, while the two new industries now totals 10 including banks, law enforcement, travel, and retail. Here are the latest iPhone and iPad enterprise apps from Apple and IBM.

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The 8 new enterprise apps and two new industries join the three IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps that launched early last month during Mobile World Congress and the first set of enterprise appsunveiled late last year.

Apple first announced the partnership with IBM last July as an effort for Apple to sell more iPhones and iPads to enterprise customers by creating apps for specific industries using IBM’s big data and analytics expertise.

Those industries now include healthcare, industrial products, banking and financial markets, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, energy and utilities, telco, law enforcement, and social programs.

Healthcare is a new industry for the IBM MobileFirst for iOS program and includes a total of four apps.

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The Hospital RN app for iPhone frees staff nurses from multiple pagers and phones, and gives them the ability to access any patient’s records from anywhere in the hospital. With iBeacon technology, Hospital RN accurately identifies patients by location so nurses can easily access their records and provide appropriate care.

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The Hospital Lead app for iPad has all the information charge nurses need right at their fingertips. Push notifications deliver escalated tasks efficiently, so they can be assigned to a staff member with a tap. Prioritized task lists allow issues to be reported, delayed, delegated, or marked complete.

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The Hospital Tech app for iPhone keeps nurse technicians closely connected to their care teams, so patient tasks are handled quickly and safely — and help is always a swipe away.

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Home RN for iPhone helps nurses deliver great quality of care outside the hospital. iPhone and iOS make it easy for nurses to add photos, videos, text, and audio notes to the patient’s record. Push notifications to the patient’s care team make sharing progress simple and fast.

The industrial products industry gains its first iOS enterprise app.

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The Rapid Handover app for iPad makes it easy and intuitive for an industrial-products foreperson to document and share information with incoming shift members. Critical data including production goals, equipment maintenance, and crew lists are available at a glance in the moment of engagement. The photo and dictation capabilities on iPad capture issues like broken equipment and safety hazards.

The travel and transportation industry gains one new app with an Apple Pay connection.

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With the Ancillary Sale app for iPhone, flight attendants now have the power to take in‑flight service to a whole new level. Flight attendants can sell seat upgrades, food and beverages, and duty-free merchandise — all while in the air. And passengers can conveniently complete the transaction with Apple Pay or the swipe of a credit card via in-flight point-of-sale systems.

The retail industry gains a new iPad app.

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With the Order Commit app on iPad, planning for the perfect product assortment just got easier. Merchants can access important metrics on financial targets and sell-through while in the office or on market trips.

Last of the new enterprise apps, the insurance industry includes a new app for iPad.

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Risk Inspect makes insurance inspections more accurate and reduces the need for costly repeat inspections. With the camera on iPad, inspectors can capture photo and video of any site while on the job.

The unveiling of the latest IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps fulfills Tim Cook’s promise in January of adding 14 apps and three industries through the partnership this quarter.


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Pandora plans to support ‘frenemy’ Apple’s CarPlay

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CarPlay has a shortlist of app partners so far, including Spotify and iHeartRadio. One major music service that’s been missing is Pandora. The iTunes Radio rival has been quiet about its CarPlay plans, until now. Not only will Pandora’s iOSmf.gif


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Apple Pay’s biggest hurdle to overcome is at checkout

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Apple Pay is off to an excellent start, according to Tim Cook and the rest of the company’s top brass. But a recent study found that the majority of users are having issues using the mobile payments service at checkout.mf.gif


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Pandora CFO promises CarPlay support, talks Apple relatio...

Today, 02:00 AM

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The limited selection of CarPlay apps has not grown much since its launch, with one of the most prominent hold-outs being Pandora. In a recent interview with Fox Business, however, Pandora CFO Mike Herring said that the company plans to add CarPlay support soon. “We’ll definitely be in CarPlay,” Herring said in the interview.

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In the past, Pandora has told us that it is in “frequent discussions” with Apple about various topics, although it has denied supporting CarPlay. The interesting idea with Pandora for CarPlay, however, is that Apple has to sanction which apps gain support for its in-car offering. CarPlay already supports iTunes Radio and with Apple planing to launch its streaming music service at WWDC, there’s a possibility that the company might not allow Pandora to support CarPlay.

Also in the interview, Herring addressed Pandora’s overall relationship with Apple since the acquisition of Beats Music and launch of iTunes Radio. Herring said the two companies have a “frenemy kind of relationship going on.” He went on to say that while the two companies are “close partners,” they have a “very interesting relationship.” Herring credits Pandora for being one of the original reasons it was”fun to have an iPhone.”

Herring did not define a timetable for launching Pandora support for CarPlay, and with Apple having final say, there could certainly be some road bumps in the process. This morning, CarPlay gained support for the Audio Books iPhone app. A running list of CarPlay-enabled apps can be found here.


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Pandora CFO Calls Apple a 'Frenemy,' Says Music S...

Today, 12:30 AM

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pandora_newlogo.pngWhen Apple's CarPlay feature launched last year, Apple partnered with several music services to offer a variety of listening choices on the platform, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Rdio, and more.

Noticeably absent from CarPlay was Pandora, but that appears to be set to change. Pandora CFO Mike Herring spoke to Fox Business Network yesterday and said Pandora will "definitely be in CarPlay" and integrated into the Apple Watch as well.

Though Herring did not provide a timeline for the possible launch of a Pandora CarPlay app, his statement to Fox is the closest Pandora's come to revealing its plans for the platform. Last year, Pandora told MacRumors that Apple was a valued partner and though it did not have a CarPlay offering at the current time, it was exploring opportunities to expand its presence in the car in the future.

Speaking to Fox, Herring also spilled some details on Pandora's relationship with Apple, which hints at why there may have been a delay getting Pandora on CarPlay. According to Herring, the two companies have a "frenemy kind of relationship," possibly due to the similarities between Pandora and Apple's iTunes Radio.
Pandora, which owes part of its success to the popularity of its iPhone app, has a "frenemy kind of relationship going on" with Apple, according to Herring. "We were part of what made it fun to have an iPhone," Herring added. While the two companies are "close partners," it is a "very interesting relationship."
At the current time, there are still only a handful of CarPlay apps available, like Spotify, Beats Music, CBS Radio News, Umano, MLB.com At Bat, Overcast, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and Rdio. If Pandora comes to CarPlay, it'll be the fourth non-Apple owned music app available.

CarPlay is still largely limited to aftermarket in-dash systems from companies like Alpine and Pioneer, as many automobile manufacturers are still working on integrating CarPlay into their vehicles. Of Apple's CarPlay partners, Audi, Volkswagen, and Hyundai have promised CarPlay-compatible cars will be available for purchase in 2015.mf.gif


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Gamify your commute: Waze drops Easter eggs all over the...

Yesterday, 09:32 PM

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Crowd-sourced navigation app Waze has got a neat little idea for this coming Easter: little eggs you can drive over while using the app for points (three per egg!) and bragging rights. So, as you drive down the street, headedmf.gif


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NASA’s new Mars technology has a familiar look: the flyin...

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Flying saucers from Mars is the stuff of science fiction. But a flying saucer from Earth is part of the mission to get astronauts to the Martian surface. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory completed a successful spin test ofmf.gif


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Verizon Wireless Lets Customers Opt Out of Tracking '...

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Last year, Verizon and AT&T made headlines when researchers discovered they had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifier numbers or "perma-cookies" to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver targeted advertisements, a practice called "Relevant Advertising."

Following customer backlash, AT&T stopped using the hidden web tracking codes to keep tabs on the websites that its customers visited, but Verizon continued on with its Relevant Advertising program, which it's been using for approximately two years. While there was an option to opt out of Verizon's program, opting out did not stop the intrusive code from being inserted into the URLs of Verizon customers, leaving a security hole that could let advertisers exploit Verizon customers.

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As of today, The New York Times reports that Verizon has given its customers a true opt out option that does not insert the identifying tracking codes (or UIDH) into the URLs of customers who opt not to be tracked, as it promised to do in January.
In a statement, Debra Lewis, a Verizon spokeswoman, said privacy is a "central consideration" for the company when it develops new products and services.

"As the mobile advertising ecosystem evolves, and our advertising business grows, delivering solutions with best-in-class privacy protections remains our focus," Ms. Lewis said. "As a reminder, we never share information with third parties that identifies our customers as part of our advertising programs.
Verizon customers can opt out of the Relevant Advertising program by logging into their My Verizon accounts and selecting "Manage Privacy Settings" from the "Manage My Account" section of their user profile. AT&T and Verizon customers are able to check whether their devices are sending identifying codes by visiting a website created by Kenneth White, one of the security researchers who originally discovered the tracking methods. Verizon's tracking programs are automatic opt-in, so many users may need to navigate to the aforementioned page to turn off the tracking.mf.gif


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Grovemade Review: Hands-On With the Leather & Maple i...

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Portland-based company Grovemade is known for its range of attractive wood accessories designed for the iPad and the iPhone, which it has been producing for several years now. Grovemade recently invited MacRumors to go hands-on with two of its newest products for the iPhone 6 Plus, and we jumped at the chance because Grovemade products have been popular with our readers in the past.

We checked out the Maple and Leather iPhone Case and the matching Maple iPhone Dock. Read on to see what we thought.

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Maple & Leather iPhone Case
All of Grovemade's products are crafted by hand and the company's attention to detail is evident in both the dock and the Maple & Leather iPhone Case. The base of the iPhone case is made of maple (there's also an option for a darker walnut) that's been carved to fit the iPhone 6 Plus.

Design
The phone fits tightly into the maple shell, which has a cutouts for the camera, the mute switch, the headphone port, the speakers, and the Lightning port. There are darker wooden buttons for the volume and the power, which are lined with foam on the inside to activate the volume and power on the iPhone.

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At the points where different wood pieces have been joined to create the case, there's darker wood burned accents, which is aesthetically pleasing, and there's also some wood burning around each of the ports, for a darker look. A piece of leather wraps around the backside of the shell and covers the front of the phone, and the leather front cover is attached to another thin piece of maple that protects the iPhone's display.

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On the maple attached to the cover, there are three pieces of metal, which adhere to three magnets built into the wooden shell. Inside the case, there are two additional magnets that pop away to allow the leather cover pull back to serve as a stand for the iPhone when in landscape mode. There are three separate stand positions that give slightly different viewing angles, and because of the cover, the phone also stands up by itself in portrait mode.

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All of the wood used in the case has been polished smooth, and the leather, which is available in a reddish brown for the maple case and a black for the walnut case, matches well with the wood. As with any leather case, it will become worn in over time for a more natural look. One minor aesthetic detail should be noted -- there's a visible line in the leather on the back of the case because of the inner cutout for the stand.

Functionality
Because the iPhone is fully enclosed in Grovemade's Maple & Leather iPhone Case, both the display and the rear of the phone are protected from scratches, dings, and damage. This isn't a case that's meant to stand up to a lot of wear and tear like something from Otterbox, but it seems reasonably protective.

A few drop tests from a moderate height of four feet onto concrete and wood damaged neither the case nor the phone. Since this case is made of wood, it's important to keep in mind that it's breakable. If it was dropped at the wrong angle or from a high enough point, it's possible the wood could splinter or crack (Grovemade offers a Case Replacement Program for this reason). You'll also need to treat the leather exterior with a reasonable amount of caution, as you would any product made of leather.

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We saw no damage to the case after approximately a month of daily use, but the cover did become a bit more worn in and relaxed as would be expected with leather.

Portability wise, this is not a thin case. It is bulky and adds a lot of extra thickness to the iPhone, negating the super thin design of Apple's newest devices. On an iPhone 6 Plus, it's probably not going to fit comfortably in the pocket of a pair of pants, and it might even be a tight fit in a jacket. The case is light, though, so there's not much extra weight to deal with.

With the thick wood of the case, there's some restriction to the headphones and charging accessories that can be used. The standard Apple Lightning cable works for charging, and the Apple EarPods work, but other headphones may not fit. The hole is decently sized, though, and it does work with Apple's Beats branded headphones.

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Maple iPhone Dock
Like the leather and wood iPhone cases, Grovemade's iPhone dock comes in two woods: walnut and maple. The walnut is a darker wood and the maple is a lighter wood, and both stands match the Grovemade iPhone cases. The matching look is nice, but unfortunately, the stand and the Leather iPhone Case are not designed to work together. The thick wood underneath the case means it doesn't fit securely in the dock.

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Though the Maple iPhone Dock doesn't work with Grovemade's own Leather iPhone Case, the website says that it works with most other cases. We found this to be true after testing a variety of cases in different thicknesses, including cases from Apple.

The stand consists of three pieces: a steel base, a maple cover, and a plastic insert to hold a Lightning cable in place. It does not ship with a Lightning cable -- you will need to supply your own.

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Weighing in at three pounds, the steel base of the dock feels solid and it's not going anywhere on a desk or table. Because of the weight, there's no shifting of the dock when you plug in or remove your iPhone, so it can be done one-handed. Underneath the base, there's a slot for the iPhone cable, and an opening where you pull the cable through.

The cable is secured by a key-shaped black plastic cable holder that is the least impressive part of this dock setup. There are actually two of these cable holders included in the package, which is good, because we broke one of them a week into testing after trying to readjust the cable. The idea is to draw the cable up through the dock and secure it with the cable holder, placing the maple cover over the base so just the Lightning adapter is visible.

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Getting the Lightning cable into the dock is a difficult task because the fit is so tight, and the purely visual instructions are a bit lacking. The whole cable holder is an inelegant solution because each time the phone is placed on the dock, it pushes the Lightning cable down further and eventually you will need to readjust because the phone no longer fits.

With the maple cover on (held in place by a built-in magnet), the cable holder and the top part of the steel base are successfully concealed. Fully assembled, the dock's design is clean and it fits into many different decors thanks to its neutral colors. Grovemade even makes a whole range of desk accessories to match the dock and the iPhone case, in maple and walnut. There's a keyboard stand, a monitor stand, a mouse pad, a pen cup, a paper clip holder, and two plant holders.

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Who Are They For?
These are attractive, high-quality accessories, designed for those who appreciate the careful work that goes into making them and those who don't mind paying for that work. All of Grovemade's products are made by hand, and if you're someone who enjoys well-crafted handmade accessories, the Maple & Leather iPhone Case and the Maple iPhone Dock won't disappoint.

If you're looking for an iPhone case that's compact and doesn't add a lot of bulk, the Maple & Leather iPhone case isn't for you, but if you don't mind sacrificing form for function, the case does offer a lot of protection because it covers both the back and the display. Its wood and leather look is also undeniably attractive, even to those who don't necessarily appreciate that design aesthetic.

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As for the dock, it's like any other iPhone dock, so what you're buying here is the design. It's just a piece of wood and steel that holds your iPhone in place on your desk or nightstand, but it looks pretty good doing it. Don't buy the dock if you want it to work with Grovemade's leather iPhone case -- they're not compatible.

While we think the Maple & Leather iPhone offers a build quality and a feature set that makes it worth the price tag, we were less convinced with the dock. It looks nice, but it's a lot to pay for something that's sole claim to fame is its look.

Pros:

  • Handmade by a small company

  • Made of high-quality wood and leather

  • Excellent craftsmanship

  • Case offers complete iPhone protection


Cons:

  • Dock and case don't work together

  • Expensive

  • Case is bulky

  • Dock is difficult to set up, Lightning cable shifts


How to Buy
The Maple and Leather iPhone Case can be purchased from the Grovemade website for $129. The Maple iPhone Dock can also be purchased from the website for $99.mf.gif


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