Archive for March, 2016

Sorry, Oculus, but HoloLens gets my money

holo-bw The battle between headsets you strap to your heads is being brought to a rolling boil this week, as Microsoft’s HoloLens Dev Kit and Oculus Rift both start shipping to customers. Being a lover of cutting-edge tech, you’d expect I’d be in lust with both technologies, but no. HoloLens did something to me that Oculus never managed: It made me think I was leaping into the… Read More

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Haje Jan Kamps

March 31st

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Sprint users affected by LTE connectivity bug following iOS 9.3, fix coming soon [Update]

[Update: Sprint says the issue has been resolved as of today and apologizes for the convenience.]

While Apple has fixed a few issues relating to iOS 9.3 with a subsequent iOS 9.3.1 update, there’s still at least one bug plaguing Sprint users that appears to be out of Apple’s hands. According to a handful of Sprint users across Twitter and Reddit, they have been unable to connect to LTE data following the iOS 9.3 update and are forced to use only 3G data. Today, however, Sprint acknowledged the issue and confirmed that it is working on a fix.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, carrier, iOS 9.3, iPhone, Sprint, update

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Chance Miller

March 31st

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Top 15 new iPhone SE features + 5 not-so-good features [Video]

Today is the official release day for the iPhone SE, and I was fortunate enough to be able to pick up my unit early this morning. For those of you who will likewise acquire an iPhone SE in the near future, or for those of you who are still unsure about a purchase, have a look at our hands-on video that touches on the top 15 iPhone SE features. We also have a brief look at some of the downsides of the iPhone SE for those wanting a balanced look at the latest new iPhone. more…


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 16GB, iPhone SE, iPhone SE review, Rose Gold, unboxing

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Jeff Benjamin

March 31st

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How-To: Install NitoTV on a jailbroken Apple TV 4

If you have a jailbroken Apple TV 4, and are wondering what you can do with it, then look no further than Kevin Bradley’s NitoTV 1.0. The just-released utility is an all-in-one tool for those of you who have jailbroken their Apple TV 4. NitoTV 1.0 lets you install packages, and is sort of like the Cydia equivalent for tvOS. Check out the full how-to guide inside. more…


Filed under: How-To, Apple TV Tagged: Apple TV, Apple TV 4, guide, how to, jailbreak, Nito TV Take 4, NitoTV

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Jeff Benjamin

March 31st

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New Apple Campus 2 drone flyover offers latest close-up of construction progress [Video]

A new drone flyover video courtesy of YouTuber Matthew Roberts gives us our latest close-up look at Apple’s Campus 2 site scheduled for completion by the end of the year. 

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4k, Apple, April, campus 2, Construction, Cupertino, flyover, manipulators, research facility, Theatre, update, video

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Jordan Kahn

March 31st

Apple

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Flex is an alternative to tampons you can have sex while wearing

Flex Feminine Product Things can get messy if you have sex on your period, so many couples avoid it. But The Flex Company wants to replace outdated pads and tampons with a sleek, disc-shaped blood blocker. Flex can be worn during sex to prevent making a mess. The Flex discs are disposable, can be worn for up to 12 hours and even come in a stylish little packet. They’re doctor-approved to be… Read More

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Josh Constine

March 31st

Gadgets

Apple invents ‘universal magnetic adapter’ to bring MagSafe to everything w/ a single port

Yesterday we detailed an Apple patent showing work on a stackable Smart Connector plug of sorts. Today we get a look at a similar invention aimed at making the I/O on future devices more versatile with Apple’s invention of a “Universal Magnetic Adapter” that could allow for more future-proof devices using only a single port. As pictured in the drawing accompanying the patent above, the technology allows for a single port that uses magnetic inserts as adapters for your various devices. Or in other words, MagSafe for everything using a single port and adapters for the various connectors.

In its patent, Apple describes the problem with the current mess of adapters and cables users have to deal:

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: Adapter, Apple, iPhone, Mac, magnetic, MagSafe, Patent, single port, universal magnetic adapter, USPTO

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Jordan Kahn

March 31st

Apple

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Apple CEO Tim Cook stops into Palo Alto Store to meet iPhone SE/iPad Pro buyers

As is becoming a tradition, Apple CEO Tim Cook stopped by the Palo Alto Apple Store close to Apple’s Campus today to meet and greet folks buying up Apple’s latest releases, the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7. While the store wasn’t quite packed, it does appear that Cook got to meet and get some ‘facetime’ with both employees and customers.

The Palo Alto Store isn’t the closest to Apple’s campus but it is the one that Steve Jobs used to show up to unannounced frequently and is one of the more open layouts in the area.

Cook wasn’t the only CEO greeting customers buying up a new product today.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Inc, Apple Store, iPad Pro, iPhone SE, Palo Alto, Tim Cook

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Seth Weintraub

March 31st

Apple

Mac

iPhone SE first impressions: Migrating from the iPhone 6s Plus is huge

My experience with using every iPhone and iPad screen size to date has taught me two things: one size does not fit all, and you can usually get used to using any screen size if you use it long enough. The tricky part is that it’s not super easy to know immediately which screen size is right for you, and using any one screen size for an extended period of time tends to make it feel normal.

iPhone displays were at first large by most standards at 3.5-inches diagonally in 2007; BlackBerry “smartphones” had tiny displays and large keyboards. Android handsets gradually raised the scope of what qualified as a phone, pressuring Apple to go bigger with the 4-inch iPhone 5 in 2012. Then even bigger and much bigger in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

I spent just a few days with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus before I decided I needed to exchange it for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but after a year with that screen size I decided to size up with the iPhone 6s Plus last September. The experience has been mostly okay as I really think we can all get used to any screen size (even 3.5-inch!), but extended use this go around has made the drawbacks for me very clear. More on that below, but as promised I’m venturing over to the 4-inch iPhone SE at least until the new iPhones come out in September. These are my day one observations after making the jump:

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Opinion Tagged: iphone 6s plus, iPhone SE

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Zac Hall

March 31st

Apple

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Apple now collecting some ResearchKit data from users for its own research

Apple has started collecting some of the research data that users submit through apps using the company’s ResearchKit platform for the first time.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps, ResearchKit Tagged: App Store, Apple, Data, HealthKit, iPad, iPhone, permissions, Privacy policy, research, researchkit, study

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Jordan Kahn

March 31st

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