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Apple reportedly looking to create original video content

Today, 12:01 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
According to a new report, Apple may be flirting with getting into video content production. The company is said to be in very early discussions with Hollywood executives as it explores the prospect of producing original video content for streaming. From Variety:

The scale of Apple's ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive who talked with the company said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies–or both.


Given the relatively early nature of discussions if the report is accurate, it's best to hold expectations in check. However, Apple has dipped its toes into original content with its Beats 1 radio station on Apple Music. Further, if the tech giant's rumored streaming TV service comes to fruition, Apple could have the perfect platform to launch original programming.
It's definitely an interesting prospect that would place Apple in direct competition with Netflix, Amazon, and others. However, with its financial backing and established studio connections, Apple certainly seems primed to make a noticeable splash in the market.
Source: Variety; Via: 9to5Mac


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Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still...

Yesterday, 07:40 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...ill-suck-women'title="Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still suck for women"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/giant-smartwatches-apple-watch-lg-moto-hero.jpg?itok=OWhNboO-' /></a></p> <p class="intro">Hey, smartwatch manufacturers: Ladies want to wear these things, too.</p> <p><em>Update: Android Wear is now compatible with iOS, at least in part.</em></p> <p>I like my 38mm <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-watch">Apple Watch</a> a lot. It fits well into my day-to-day activities, it helps keep me fit, and, oh hey — it <em>fits my wrist</em>.</p> <p>When I first heard about Android Wear last year, I thought the folks behind the OS were doing a lot of things right. And I still do: the approach to notifications is smart, custom watch faces are neat, and Google Now — while creepy — works exceptionally well at providing smart information for your day.</p> <p>There's only one problem: There's not a single Android Wear device designed to fit a small-wristed person.</p> <!--break--> <h2>You're wearing it wrong</h2> <p>If wearable technology is the next big thing for our tech-connected society, why is Apple the only company paying attention to the smaller-wristed set? Lady or dude, there are quite a few people on this earth whose arms don't resemble the trunk of a Sequoia tree — many of whom would be excited to use a smartwatch. I was thrilled when Apple announced multiple sizes for the Apple Watch, and moreover that both were reasonably-sized for the wrist; sadly, I have yet to find an Android Wear device that will fit on my wrist without making it look like the technology equivalent of an iron shackle.</p> <p>Here's the thing: I <em>want</em> to like Android Wear. As I said previously, the company is doing a lot of smart things on the software side. And the hardware isn't terribly-designed: On the contrary, for those with applicably-sized wrists, the watches look quite natural.</p> <p>On my wrists, however, I find Android Wear too large for comfort, let alone style. I happened to find myself in a house today with some of the folks from <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com">Android Central</a>, and just for kicks, decided to see just how well these watches compared to my 38mm Apple Watch. From right to left: the LG Urbane, Moto 360, 42mm Apple Watch, and 38mm Apple Watch.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/i-tried-latest-android-wear-watches-and-they-still-suck-women' title="Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still suck for women"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-all-watches-android-wear-hero.JPG?itok=FF8kWHIN' /></a></p> <p>Here's each of them in turn, starting with the LG Urbane:</p> <div class="media-gallery-flat"><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-lg-urbane-front.JPG?itok=4Cwy9juH" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-lg-urbane-front.JPG?itok=4Cwy9juH);"></div><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-lg-urbane-side.JPG?itok=ig1BMCgH" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-lg-urbane-side.JPG?itok=ig1BMCgH);"></div></div> <!--/media-gallery-flat--> <p>The Moto 360:</p> <div class="media-gallery-flat"><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-moto-360-front.JPG?itok=DDsc-0sL" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-moto-360-front.JPG?itok=DDsc-0sL);"></div><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-moto-360-side.JPG?itok=sAS-cpN5" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-moto-360-side.JPG?itok=sAS-cpN5);"></div></div> <!--/media-gallery-flat--> <p>The 42mm Apple Watch with Milanese:</p> <div class="media-gallery-flat"><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-apple-watch-42mm.JPG?itok=v5dbjuB3" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-apple-watch-42mm.JPG?itok=v5dbjuB3);"></div><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-42mm-side.JPG?itok=o5a1asT2" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-42mm-side.JPG?itok=o5a1asT2);"></div></div> <!--/media-gallery-flat--> <p>The 38mm Apple Watch Sport with Milanese:</p> <div class="media-gallery-flat"><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-apple-watch-38mm.JPG?itok=ticvpUbk" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-apple-watch-38mm.JPG?itok=ticvpUbk);"></div><div data-title="" data-big="/sites/imore.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-38mm-side.JPG?itok=swbG7CNE" class="flat-img " style="background-image:url(/sites/imore.com/files/styles/w800h450crop/public/field/image/2015/05/apple-watch-comparison-38mm-side.JPG?itok=swbG7CNE);"></div></div> <!--/media-gallery-flat--> <p>Here's the thing: My wrists are small, but they're not waiflike — I have about a 57mm height in which to wear a watch. But everything aside from the 38mm Apple Watch feels more like a pair of handcuffs than a comfortable timepiece.</p> <p>Even the 42mm Apple Watch feels too large on my wrist. I <em>could</em> wear it, but <a href="http://www.imore.com/why-im-going-38mm-apple-watch">as I said in my initial thoughts on Watch sizing</a>, it's the difference between wearing something comfortable and wearing something to have access to technology. I've carried a variety of bulky tech devices over my years in this field, but having something on your arm is different: It's personal, and if it doesn't blend into your daily activities, you're going to notice it constantly.</p> <p>The Moto 360 is technically the smallest Android Wear watch available at 46mm tall, but it feels positively gargantuan on my wrist — especially when the screen goes dark. In part, that's due to its circular form, but it's still frustrating as a small-wristed person who otherwise liked its design.</p> <p>The LG Watch Urbane... to be honest, it just feels like playing dress-up. It's a beautifully-designed piece of Android Wear, to be sure. But it's not in any way meant for ladies or small-wristed people.</p> <h2>Marketing and technical challenges</h2> <p>It just baffles me. Women buy phones. We like technology. And, by and large, we like nice-looking jewelry on our wrists. Yet Apple is the only company that even considered including women in its initial watch marketing. It's especially telling that their guest at the Apple Watch event was charity organizer, runner, and former model <a href="http://www.apple.com/watch/christy-turlington-burns/">Christy Turlington Burns</a>.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/i-tried-latest-android-wear-watches-and-they-still-suck-women' title="Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still suck for women"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/05/hero_large.jpg?itok=YCSSbIFn' /></a></p> <p>But let's play devil's advocate for a moment: It might not be that other manufacturers don't care about women and smaller-wristed men; they may just not have the technology to execute it well. Smartwatches are essentially computers on your wrists, and it may just be that Android Wear manufacturers haven't figured out how to fit the computer they want within the space of a 42mm or smaller watch face.</p> <p>Apple's technology is impressive, and what they've crammed into a 38mm tall device is nothing short of a feat. It's the advantage they get from designing the whole widget. Heart rate sensors, 14-18 hour battery life, the taptic engine, the S1 chip — Android Wear might have similar internal ambitions, but they're still assembling components and that might hurt the miniaturization.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/i-tried-latest-android-wear-watches-and-they-still-suck-women' title="Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still suck for women"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/05/giant-smartwatches-apple-watch-lg-moto-hero.jpg?itok=IVmx_41O' /></a></p> <p>But if that's the issue, Android Wear manufacturers are going to have to step up, and quickly. Even if you love Android, the current offerings are so paltry for the smaller-wristed that I can't in good conscience recommend them.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385032948/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973aeff/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4973aeff/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/AsadNJ8ldHw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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NFL Game Pass brings on-demand football to Apple TV

Yesterday, 07:38 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...tball-apple-tv'title="NFL Game Pass brings on-demand football to Apple TV"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/08/nfl-game-pass-apple-tv.jpg?itok=svzxbgrD' /></a></p> <p>A fresh football season is upon us, and the NFL app on <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-tv">Apple TV</a> has updated in preparation with access to the new Game Pass feature, giving football fans access to a large variety of on-demand games. <!--break--> With NFL Game Pass on Apple TV, users will be able to catch out-of-market preseason games as they air, along with a back catalogue of on-demand games going all the way back to 2009. In addition, once the regular season starts, users will have access to those games on-demand as well.</p> <p>As announced <a href="http://www.imore.com/nfl-game-pass-will-give-you-demand-access-whole-football-season">in late July</a>, NFL Game Pass will replace a similar feature known as Game Rewind, and is available for a subscription cost of $99.99 per year — though highlights are available for free.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238384988395/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4973879a/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4973879a/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/AZqnTjNRxxY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes gets its first trailer ahead...

Yesterday, 07:24 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
Electronic Arts has now released the first gameplay trailer for their upcoming mobile collectible card RPG game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. The game, which was first announced in June at E3 2015, will be released sometime this holiday season.
The trailer shows how players collect cards featuring the characters from all part of the Star Wars series and then have them battle it out in turn-based matches. EA says:

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes allows you to join the galactic hologames in a cantina far, far away. Build your team and fight in memorable, RPG-style turn based battles across iconic locations to become the most legendary hologamer in the galaxy!


This isn't the only upcoming mobile Star Wars game as Kabam has plans to launch its own RPG, Star Wars: Uprising, later this fall.
Source: Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes


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Apple Pay comes to the University of Oklahoma campus

Yesterday, 07:01 PM

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We've already seen Apple Pay land in numerous retailers since its debut, and now it's starting to trickle out to college campuses. The University of Oklahoma has just announced that it will start accepting Apple's mobile payments platform campus-wide starting this week. From the University of Oklahoma:

Starting this week, Sooners are now able to pay for items at any one of OU's 400 point-of-service locations — everywhere from Couch Restaurants to the One University Store and the OU Bookstore. That's right: Buying textbooks, technology and food on campus has never been easier — or more techy.


Previously in Apple's Q3 2015 earnings call, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Pay will begin arriving at 700 universities and colleges starting this school year. Some of the colleges include Auburn University, the University of California Irvine, and Colorado State University. For its part, the University of Oklahoma says it is the first university to roll out support for Apple Pay campus wide.
Source: University of Oklahoma; Via: MacRumors


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You can now browse Google+ by topic on iPhone with Collec...

Yesterday, 06:28 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...ne-collections'title="You can now browse Google+ by topic on iPhone with Collections"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/08/google-plus-collections-iphone6hero.jpg?itok=PFG6Jofw' /></a></p> <p>If you're an avid <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google+/id447119634?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Google+</a> user on your iPhone, you'll be happy to know that the app has been further brought up to parity with its Android counterpart with Collections. The feature allows you to easily group posts by topic, much like a similar feature in Pinterest for those who are familiar with the service. <!--break--></p> <p>Collections essentially help cut down on the noise, allowing users to browse by specific things they are interested in. You'll be able to customize each collection with a color and header image of your choice, and set them to be private or public so others can follow along.</p> <p>Collections have already been live on the web since May, so frequent Google+ users who are taking advantage of them should see them carry over on their iPhone with the latest update.</p> <ul><li>Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google+/id447119634?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/+JohnKilcline/posts/PBfcqarM2BU">John Kilcline (Google Plus)</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238384986275/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972e23e/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4972e23e/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/3FYE_KX-5m0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Apple and Cisco announce new enterprise-focused partnership

Yesterday, 06:19 PM

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Apple and Cisco have announced a new partnership focused on enterprise users. The partnership will see Apple's devices work even better with Cisco's networks and services, including voice and video communications products.
Cisco will work to optimize its networks and services specifically for iOS devices, and together with Apple, will work to make iOS devices better tools for collaboration in enterprise environments. The goal, ultimately, is to give users "a seamless experience between iPhone and their desk phone."
More specifically, the two companies will focus first on the following, according to Cisco:

  • Delivering unparalleled performance and end-to-end solutions on Cisco networks and iOS devices
  • Extending the Cisco Unified Communications experience to the iPhone
  • Transforming team collaboration with iOS experiences on Cisco Spark, Cisco TelePresence, and Cisco WebEx

This isn't Apple's first major enterprise partnership. Last year, the company announced a major initiative with IBM to produce a new class of mobile enterprise software across several types of businesses. Early in August, IBM also announced a new suite of tools for deploying Macs inside large businesses.
You can get the full details on the partnership in the press release below.

Apple and Cisco Partner to Deliver Fast Lane for iOS Enterprise Users

CUPERTINO, California and SAN JOSE, California — August 31, 2015 — Apple® and Cisco today announced a partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone® with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad®.
"iOS is the world's best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love."
"Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive," said Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. "Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we're offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we're going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness."
To address the ever-increasing demands on corporate infrastructure, Cisco networks and iOS devices will be optimized so that they work together more efficiently and reliably with the goal of providing users with even greater performance.
Apple and Cisco are also working together to make iPhone an even better business collaboration tool in Cisco voice and video environments, with the goal of providing employees with a seamless experience between iPhone and their desk phone.
With Apple's support, Cisco will deliver experiences specially optimized for iOS across mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience.
Cisco is the worldwide leader in helping companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by delivering the amazing results that come from connecting the previously unconnected. Cisco is empowering countries, cities, industries and businesses around the globe to move faster in order to keep pace with digital transformation and the move to the Internet of Everything (IoE). With approximately 70,000 partners, Cisco is very well positioned to provide our customers with next generation of networking, security, data center, and collaboration products and solutions that help them achieve their desired business outcomes. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.
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Gaming, Siri said to take center stage on new Apple TV

Yesterday, 06:10 PM

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With the rumored additions of an App Store and motion control, it's not surprising that gaming is said to be one of the major areas of focus for the upcoming Apple TV. While a number of games for iPhone and iPad offer support for play on current-generation Apple TVs, the addition of the App Store to the box will apparently see Apple push gaming as one of the main uses of the device.
Additionally, the Apple TV will reportedly support dedicated Bluetooth gaming controllers, according to 9to5Mac:

In addition to the convenience of downloading games directly from the Apple TV's built-in App Store, and controlling many of them via a new bundled remote control, Apple will also support more complex, console-style Bluetooth game controllers with the pressure-sensitive buttons and joysticks previously introduced for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.


The bundled remote for the Apple TV, which has been reported to feature both tactile buttons and a touchpad, will apparently include a dedicated Home button, as well as a button for triggering Siri through the built-in microphone. The remote is also said to retain the use of replacable batteries, much like the current Apple remote.
The new Apple TV will also reportedly have support for Bluetooth 4.2, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi. We expect to know more about the upcoming Apple TV next week, when it reportedly makes an appearance at Apple's iPhone event.
Source: 9to5Mac


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iOS 9 content blocking extensions: Explained

Yesterday, 05:46 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...ions-explained'title="iOS 9 content blocking extensions: Explained"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/08/ios-9-content-blocking-extensions-hero.jpg?itok=MjRwu8nQ' /></a></p> <p class="intro">Content blockers aren't ad blockers. But that's what most people will use them for.</p> <p>Safari content blocking extensions don't automagically identify ads and prevent them from loading. Instead, they identify elements and resources on a web page and can, optionally, hide those elements and prevent those resources from loading. The goal is to show how fast the modern web—read: Safari—really is when you remove all the extraneous code that's been dumped on top of it. And they're coming as part of <a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9">iOS 9</a>.</p> <p>The vast majority of the time the elements and resources blocked <em>will</em> be those used to serve ads. Other times they'll be things like social networking buttons, performance and audience analytics, article comments, navigation headers, "hamburger and basement" sidebars, and more.</p> <p class="disclaimer">Note: iOS 9 is currently in beta and governed by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that doesn't allow for screenshots or video. All the material contained in our iOS 9: Explained series is from previous, now public versions of iOS, from iOS 9 features shown off during the WWDC 2015 keynote, and from our coverage of the event, including our iOS 9 first look.</p> <h2>Content blocker compatibility</h2> <p>Content blocking extensions require Safari or an app using the new Safari View Controller in iOS 9 to work. They also require 64-bit processors to handle the work. That means content blocking extensions are compatible with iOS devices released in 2013 or later—the ones that include a 64-bit Apple A7 processor or later. In addition to any iPhones and iPads Apple announces this fall, that list currently includes:</p> <ul class="col2"><li>iPhone 6</li> <li>iPhone 6 Plus</li> <li>iPhone 5s</li> <li>iPhone 5c</li> <li>iPhone 5</li> <li>iPad Air</li> <li>iPad mini 2</li> <li>iPod touch 6</li> </ul><p>That means content blockers won't work with iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, iPod touch 5, or with apps that use the old UIWebView or UKWebView controllers.</p> <h2>Content blocking basics</h2> <p>Blocking content, especially ads, has been common on desktop browsers for a while. With content blocking extensions, however, Apple is formalizing them for OS X and, for the first time, making them available on the iPhone and iPad. Apple is also fundamentally changing the way content blockers work.</p> <p>In the past, content blockers were services that Safari consulted at load time. That meant the act of blocking content itself could reduce performance, and information about the page being visited could be shared with the service doing the blocking. In some cases, that meant the blockers themselves could theoretically be worse than the content or even malicious.</p> <p>Apple doesn't want to replace heavy CSS and JavaScript with just-as-heavy plug-ins, and they don't want to replace ad trackers with blocker trackers. They want something that's genuinely fast, light, and performance-focused. And they want something that's private and secure.</p> <p>That's also the biggest difference between content blockers and content cleaners, like Safari Reader. With Reader, which debuted in iOS 5, the content is loaded first, including ads, scripts, and everything else, and then its re-rendered for maximum legibility. So, ads still get displayed, no matter how briefly, and hits still get tracked.</p> <p>With blockers, the content is never loaded.</p> <h2>A brief history of Extensibility</h2> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/ios-9-content-blocking-extensions-explained' title="iOS 9 content blocking extensions: Explained"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/01/action_extensions_iphone_6_plus_macro_hero.jpg?itok=LVSJ9SHB' /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.imore.com/extensibility">Extensibility</a>, introduced in iOS 8, is one of the most important advances in the recent history of mobile computing. They unbundle apps so features are no longer trapped in a single binary but can present remote interface and functionality in the system, in other apps, and even on other devices.</p> <p>With Extensibility, apps can project widgets into Notification Center's today view; provide custom upload and update functionality, and custom actions in Share Sheets; hook filters into the Photos app; provide custom keyboards system-wide; access your files anywhere via iCloud Drive or third-party document providers like Dropbox or Google Drive; fill in passwords or translate text right inside the Safari browser; and process data on your iPhone and display it on your Apple Watch.</p> <p>And they can do all this while maintaining the high level of security built into iOS. That's because the app that's receiving the interface has no visibility into the data that interface is showing. It's just the host, not the container.</p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.imore.com/extensibility-ios-8-explained">Extensibility: Explained</a></li> </ul><h2>How content blocking extensions work</h2> <p>With content blocking extensions in iOS 9 (and now OS X as well), what's being blocked needs to be declared ahead of time. That way nothing gets consulted at load time and nothing about the page itself gets shared with anyone.</p> <p>Content blockers, like other extensions, are hosted inside an app that gets downloaded from the App Store. Also, like any other extension, content blockers aren't enabled by default. You have to go to Settings &gt; Safari &gt; Content Blockers and switch them on.</p> <p>Unlike other extensions, once enabled you don't have to tap a Share button to invoke content blockers or cycle through a set of options to use them. Content blockers are on all the time and applied automatically.</p> <p>Here's a simulation of what iMore would look like with ads blocked (red) and with navigation and non-essential text fields (orange) hidden.</p> <p><a href='http://www.imore.com/ios-9-content-blocking-extensions-explained' title="iOS 9 content blocking extensions: Explained"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/08/ios-9-review-content-blocker-results.jpg?itok=kpsM9vVv' /></a></p> <p>Developers can add action extensions as well, to make it easier to add or remove specific sites or content types, for example, but otherwise content blockers really are "set it and forget it".</p> <h2>Content blockers for developers</h2> <p>To create a content blocker, developers add a Content Blocker Extension template in Xcode and create a list of rules in a JSON file. The rules define what gets blocked. The rules contain triggers and actions. Triggers determine when the rules get run and actions determine what happens when they do.</p> <p>For page elements like divisions (div), the trigger can be as simple as coming across a CSS class and the action, setting its display property to "none". For example, if "#about-the-author" is encountered it can be made to go away or if ".hulk-all-caps" is found it can be forced into lowercase.</p> <p>Developers can choose to target all domains, or to include or exclude specific domains. They can also choose to target all resources or to include or exclude specific resources.</p> <p>For scripts, it can be as simple as blocking them from loading. Again, developers can choose all scripts or to include or exclude specific scripts, and to exclude first party (same scheme, domain, and port as the page itself) or third party scripts.</p> <p>Filtering is handled by regular expression (regex). Developers can even create rules that, if the proper conditions are met, negate other rules. So, to prevent anything about "special editions" from showing or loading, you could hide or block "special" except when it's part of "despecialized".</p> <p>Once the content blocking extension is downloaded and enabled, Safari will compile the extension's rules into bytecode and apply them whenever it loads a website. If an app uses the new Safari View Controller, then the same will happen in the in-app browser as well.</p> <p>That makes the extensions incredibly efficient and, because the extension has no idea what page is being loaded, incredibly private.</p> <p>Since developers can provide ways to change rules in the app that contains the extension, in action extensions, and in Settings, developers can notify Safari about updates and have the rules recompiled. That includes when white lists or black lists are imported or re-imported, sites are added or removed, different elements or resources are enabled or disabled, etc.</p> <h2>The ethics of content blocking</h2> <p>There's no denying content blockers are well thought out and well executed. And when they're running, Safari <em>flies</em>. If Apple succeeds at nothing else, they'll succeed in making it wickedly obvious <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/20/9002721/the-mobile-web-sucks">who's really to blame</a> for poor mobile performance.</p> <p>The speed difference, especially on <a href="http://thenextweb.com/apple/2015/08/24/ios-9-content-blocking-will-transform-the-mobile-web-ive-tried-it/">large media sites</a>, is ludicrous. It's like unhitching a trailer filled with lead and watching a truck, no longer burdened, take off like a rocket.</p> <p>Unfortunately, there's also no denying that it's ethically questionable.</p> <p>Free web sites aren't free. Even if there's no pay wall, there's still a value exchange: You "pay" with attention and data, just like you do Google Search and Gmail. Blocking the elements and resources that collect the attention and data is effectively withholding payment. Some might call that a protest. Others, stealing.</p> <p>Whether or not it's analogous to <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/01/16/fox-dish-dvr-lawsuit/">commercial skipping</a> on a DVR, <a href="http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones">torrenting TV shows</a>, or cracking and pirating apps, or whether it's closer to <a href="http://www.marco.org/2015/08/11/ad-blocking-ethics">pop-up blocking</a>, <a href="https://www.eff.org/issues/do-not-track">do not track</a>, or even the <a href="http://www.apple.com/ca/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/">push-back against Adobe Flash</a>, is beyond the scope of this explainer.</p> <p>When you add <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/05/yahoo-users-malvertising-campaign-malware">malvertising</a> to the mix, who broke what social contract first might well be a moot point anyway.</p> <p>Indisputably, an ethical form of content blocking would prevent an entire site from loading. If someone determines that a site is over the line on advertising or anything else, they can add it to the list and, if they ever click a link or type in a URL that tries to take them back to that site, the browser or web view prevents it and reminds them they've blocked it. Site blocking would also protect artistic integrity in cases where, for example, a creator considers a web font integral to their design.</p> <p>Beyond that, what's acceptable is something everyone will have to decide for themselves.</p> <h2>A brave new web</h2> <p>Optimists will hope that providers like Google Ad Exchange will clean up their act or sites like iMore will be able to make a go of ethical <a href="https://stratechery.com/2014/buzzfeed-tech-company/">native advertising</a> and sponsorship models. Pessimists, that advertorials and <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/under-senate-pressure-verizon-improves-its-supercookie-opt-out">supercookies</a> from providers like Verizon will expand to fill the void and sites like iMore will give way to sites like Buzzfeed.</p> <p>I'll save my personal opinions on content blockers for my iOS 9 review, coming this fall when Apple ships, so for now I'll leave it at this—<a href="http://www.imore.com/content-blockers-bad-ads-and-what-were-doing-about-it">mobile ads served both publishers and readers poorly</a> long before content blockers. Little could change or everything could change. The future is tough to predict even when, later, it's obvious in hindsight.</p> <div class="devicebox"> <h3><a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9">iOS 9</a></h3> <p><a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9"><img src="http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/field/image/2015/07/ios-9-custom-thumb.jpg" /></a></p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9-first-look">iOS 9 Preview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9-faq">iOS 9 FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9-help">iOS 9 Help</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/ios-9">iOS 9 News</a></li> <li><a href="http://forums.imore.com/ios-9/">iOS 9 Discussion</a></li> </ul></div> <div> <style> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .devicebox { background-color: #5CB8DB; border: 1px solid #E2E9EB; float: right; display: block; margin: 0 0px 10px 10px; max-width: 350px; overflow: hidden; width: 50%; } .devicebox h3 { background: #8D98BD; font-family: "camptonmedium",sans-serif; font-size: 20px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 0; padding: 0; text-align: center; } .devicebox h3 a { display: block; line-height: 30px; padding: 0 10px; } .devicebox h3 a:hover { background: #7e88aa; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox .video { margin: auto; } .devicebox p, .entry-content .devicebox p > img, .devicebox img { margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; } div .devicebox *, div .devicebox li, div .devicebox a:active, div .devicebox a:hover, div .devicebox a:link, div .devicebox a:visited { color: #fff; } .devicebox a:hover { text-decoration: underline; } .devicebox p, .devicebox ul li, .devicebox ol li { font-size: 16px; padding: initial; } .devicebox ul { margin: 0; padding: 0.5em 1em 1em 30px; } .devicebox ul li { display: list-item; line-height: 24px; list-style: disc outside none; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { padding: 0px 15px 15px; line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox { float: none; margin: 0 auto 30px; max-width: 700px; min-height: 225px; position: relative; width: 100%; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox .video, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox .video { bottom: 0px; left: 50%; position: absolute; right: 0px; top: 30px; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox .video_iframe, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox .video_iframe { height: 100%; padding: 0px; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox h3 + p, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 0; left: 50%; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; right: 0; top: 30px; width: 50% } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox h3 + p img, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox h3 + p img { float: right; height: 100%; width: auto; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox ul, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox ul, div *:last-of-type + .devicebox p, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox p { width: 43%; } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { float: none; margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: 100%; width: 100%; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox .video, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox .video { left: 0; position: relative; top: 0; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox .video_iframe, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox .video_iframe { padding-bottom: 56.25%; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox h3 + p, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox h3 + p { left: 0; position: relative; top: 0; } div *:last-of-type + .devicebox ul, div *:last-of-type + div ~ .devicebox ul { width: auto; } } /*--><!]]]]]]><![CDATA[><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385028313/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4972ebf3/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/PKz_mD9Fy0o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Apple seeds eighth OS X El Capitan beta to developers, si...

Yesterday, 05:11 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...eta-developers'title="Apple seeds eighth OS X El Capitan beta to developers, sixth beta hits for Public testers"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/07/os-x-el-capitan-install-hero.jpg?itok=IZ1qvVEG' /></a></p> <p>A new beta of <a href="http://www.imore.com/os-x-el-capitan">OS X El Capitan</a> has been seeded to developers by Apple. This marks the eight beta, which is now available from the <a href="https://developer.apple.com/osx/download/">Mac Developer Resource Center</a>, as well as from the Update tab of the Mac App Store for developers who are already using a previous beta. Additionally, Apple has seeded the sixth beta for members of its <a href="https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/">Public Beta Software Program</a>.</p> <p>OS X El Capitan is expected to arrive for consumers at some point this fall. Upon its arrival, it will offer several improvements, including a new Notes experience, enhanced Spotlight, and many other behind the scenes improvements.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238384982974/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4972d459/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4972d459/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/4316OEDIu7E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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