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HealthKit app Lark talks to you to help you stay active

MacWorld - 1 hour 55 min ago

After a brief delay on Apple’s part, HealthKit-compatible apps are now available in the App Store. Finally! Thanks to this back-end feature, you can view all of the health data that your iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus is already tracking within other apps, and view everything within a single app of your choosing—be it Apple’s own Health app, or another third-party app. 

Lark looks at your daily activity, compares it to your average, then reminds you when you're not quite at your goal—all in a friendly conversation.

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Apple's next-gen iOS Remote app solution could boast full Apple TV GUIs, interactive content

AppleInsider - 2 hours 12 min ago
An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a next-generation iOS Remote app system capable of translating the Apple TV's UI to smaller format iPhone and iPad screens, while streaming back external content like movie trivia from those same devices.

Get to know iOS 8: Five convenient new tricks in Safari

MacWorld - 2 hours 12 min ago

Safari for iOS is as old as the iPhone itself, and even with all the apps that have come and gone in those seven plus years, Safari is the old standby, the essential app that’s in the dock row of millions of iPhones and iPads. Apple improves Safari in every iteration of iOS, and iOS is no exception. The changes aren’t radical, but they do add some extra flexibility and convenience to browing the web on your iPad and iPhone.

Get a website’s desktop version

Sometimes you don’t want the stripped-down mobile version of a website. Google’s Chrome has long had a “request desktop version” option, and now Safari does also. 

This is especially helpful for sites that insist on serving the mobile version to your iPhone 6 Plus or iPad.

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Reservations for Apple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus in China reportedly hit 2 million in first 6 hours

AppleInsider - 5 hours 25 min ago
News outlets in mainland China are reporting that initial reservations for Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models across retailers and the nation's three mobile carriers have reached the two million mark.

Apple CarPlay goes live in Pioneer NEX and AppRadio systems, giving real people early dibs for once

MacWorld - 6 hours 17 min ago

Apple CarPlay went live on Pioneer's NEX and AppRadio 4 installable systems late Wednesday night, making this new, smartphone-safe auto interface available for older cars before it's shown up in any new cars (except the Ferrari, which is too fancy-shmancy to count).

If you have or install of these systems in your car, you'll be able to plug in your CarPlay-compatible iPhone (iPhone 5 or later) to make calls, send and receive text messages, and use compatible apps safely from the display and other controls.

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Apple releases iCloud tool to check device Activation Lock status

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-01 20:12
Adding to its collection of Web-based security tools, Apple on Wednesday published a webpage that allows users to check a device's Activation Lock status, ensuring safe and smooth transfer of ownership for used iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-01 19:00
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Fragment - Prismatic...

ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value, Protesting and Jailbreaking

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-01 18:40

What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.


Marc Newson confirms only working at Apple part time on secret projects

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-01 18:11
In a interview on Wednesday, Superstar designer and new Apple hire Marc Newson confirmed his role at the tech giant is strictly part time, saying that he will continue to lead his own company out of the UK while working on special projects in Cupertino.

Video shows iPhone 6 Plus Wi-Fi speed compared to iPhone 5s

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-01 18:00
As if we didn't already know that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are awesome, here comes proof from iClarified (via MacRumors) that the devices offer extremely fast Wi-Fi throughput compared to the iPhone 5s. How fast? The iPhone 6 Plus was able to rip...

True HDR adds a third exposure and fine tuning of your photos

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-01 17:00
True HDR (U.S. $1.99) has always been one of the best third party HDR (High Dynamic Range) apps for iOS. Apple includes an HDR feature with the built-in Camera app, but it really doesn't measure up to dedicated apps. The new version 3 of True HDR...

Verizon will not throttle unlimited 4G LTE data users, to double data plans in promotion

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-01 16:05
In a statement released on Wednesday, America's largest cellular provider Verizon said it will not be throttling 4G LTE data speeds for users grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, while at the same time announcing a buffed data plan promotion.

Equil Smartpen 2 captures notes, sketches with a real pen

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-01 16:00
For a lot of people, there's no substitute for taking notes with a pen and piece of paper. You can draw, annotate, write, and organize your information in a real notebook. The problem comes when you want to get some of that information into a...

Patent holdings firm WiLAN loses second suit against Apple

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:34
A Southern California court on Wednesday granted Apple a summary judgment absolving the company of infringing two LTE patents asserted by Canadian patent holdings company WiLAN.

iOS 8: News In Notification Center

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:25

We've already heard about science apps using Notification Center, now we are seeing some news apps that want to keep you informed from your lock screen. Some are free, some are limited unless you have a subscription. Kelly shows you a few of the notable apps fixing to inform you without even unlocking your iPhone.


Apple Store app updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:07
The Apple Store app, one of the few first-party iOS apps left untouched when iOS 8 launched last month, was finally updated on Wednesday when Apple added support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Slidely Show lets you combine media to make nice video slideshows

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:00
Among slideshow creation apps for iOS, Slidely Show is a good one, allowing you to make a slideshow movie presentation without making almost any adjustments. It's completely automatic, allowing you only to choose the music, and then you can watch the...

Shoutout takes on Snapchat with a much better design

TUAW - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:30
Shoutout is a free app for iPhone entering the App Store this past September that strives to make photo sharing as simple as possible without all the bells and whistles some apps seem to tack on. In fact, it's so quick that Shoutout lacks a shutter...

The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:19

Here's something pretty darned cool: 47,792 people have bought our Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle. That's a lot of people on their path to programming, and it's a pleasure to be a part of it. The way it works is this: pay what you want. If it's below the average price, you get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3. If you pay the average price or more, you also get six other developer course, including Python, Apple's Xcode, PHP, and more. The average price? Only $15.01 as of this price. But, you have an incentive to pay more, because 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities, you choose: Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Commons. If you've wanted


Waterfield Spinn Pouch Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Excellence in Leather

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-10-01 14:11

The new Waterfield Spinn pouch case for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is made of full grain leather, features an ultrasuede lining and comes in three rustic colors. Notable is the option to have it custom built for a bare iPhone or one with a very slim or Apple case. A belt loop is optional.


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