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Sep 2 2015 12:29PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Sep 2 2015 12:38AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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Sep 2 2015 12:12AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have all caught the "original television programming" bug, and now Apple apparently wants in on the action, too. In other news, you can now download videos from Amazon Prime Video to your iPhone or iPad for offline viewing, and the first of Apple's next-generation retail stores is reportedly coming to a Memphis suburb.

Apple Allegedly 'Flirting' With Producing Its Own TV Shows

Apple recently bolstered its presence in the music world with the introduction of Apple Music, and according to a new report from Variety, the Cupertino company now wants to get on some of the action that services like Netflix and Amazon are enjoying and start making its own television programming. Apparently, "preliminary conversations" have already started. As with all of Apple's digital content endeavors, Apple's Eddy Cue is reportedly heading the project.

It's currently unknown, however, just how far Apple wants to go with the idea. One source who spoke with the magazine claims that Apple wants to make its own original shows and movies and is prepared to create the necessary production departments. Yet another claims that Apple is merely "flirting" with the idea, although reportedly it did recently make a try to nab Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond after their departure from the BBC.

Apple's current homegrown media offerings are largely limited to the Beats branch of the business, through which Apple hosts the acclaimed Beats 1 radio station and reportedly produces videos for the likes of Drake and Eminem.

 

Amazon Prime Video Now Allows Offline Viewing for iOS Devices

Speaking of television content services, Amazon just scored a massive victory over Netflix today with its announcement that Amazon Prime Video users can download movies and television shows on their iPhones and iPads for offline viewing. Best of all, there's no additional charge for the service if you're an Amazon Prime member. The company expects to have a wider release for the service down the road, but for now the service is limited to Prime customers in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and Austria.

The catch is that not all shows are available for offline viewing, although Amazon claims that "thousands" are ready to download. And these aren't piddly releases, either — current offerings include everything from Downton Abbey to Star Trek: Into Darkness.

"There's no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing — anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today," said Amazon digital video chief Michael Paull in the release. "We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing — on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection."

Amazon previously allowed offline viewing through its Kindle Fire tablet, but this marks the first time that the feature has been available outside of the company's own ecosystem. You can download the relevant app for free here.

 

Apple's First 'Next-Generation' Store in U.S. Coming to Memphis

Apple is reportedly seeking a building permit to renovate a new storefront at 2031 West St. in Memphis' Germantown suburb, which isn't really news in itself. But as the Memphis Daily News reports, Apple representative Rick Millitello claims that the new store will be one of the first next-generation Apple Stores. Rumors about what to expect from Apple's overhaul of its stores have been circulating ever since The New Yorker's profile of Jony Ive mentioned an upcoming "redesign," and the Germantown plans provide us our first glimpse of what to expect.

Apple's existing Germantown store. Photo: Daniel McGarry

Some of the changes aren't too surprising, such as Apple's plan to replace the building's existing brick facade with three huge glass panels and to fill the room with natural oak display tables. But hints of what to expect reveal themselves in other details, such as the way the building's exterior will have matte granite reinforced panels and a changeable display that exhibits artwork, "living plants at times, TV displays," and other things.

Apple's existing store in the area is across the street at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd. in the Shops of Saddle Creek North. Once it opens, the new store will be located in the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Millitello also said that multiple overseas locations will also see the redesigned stores this fall.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Sep 1 2015 9:38PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Sep 1 2015 9:14PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Believe it or not, Apple subsidiary FileMaker turns 30 this year, and the latest version of the venerable productivity solution proves that, like wine, some things only get better with age.

FileMaker Pro 14 continues a recent trend of updated interfaces following the introduction of Launch Center, which streamlines the appearance of favorite or recently-opened files. Solutions can now be assigned one of 29 colorful icons, or have custom graphics applied. The approach has been implemented across the FileMaker universe for a consistent look and feel on Mac, Windows, iOS, or web browsers.

Likewise, the Starter Solutions feature introduced with version 12 has been redesigned, with 16 layouts that also work on WebDirect and mobile. This makes it far easier for novice users to get up to speed with ready-made templates for contact, invoice, inventory, project, or event management databases. Three of these layouts — Personnel Records, Time Billing, and Research Notes — are not available on iPhone.

WebDirect (FileMaker’s tech for running Solutions directly in your web browser) has also gone mobile in this version, allowing tablets to run desktop solutions on Safari for iPad, or Chrome for Android. (Chrome for iOS isn’t recommended, and didn’t work so great in our tests.) We found the print options to be less robust, there are a few limitations involving container fields, and many dialog boxes haven’t yet been touch-optimized, but the experience was otherwise quite smooth. WebDirect is also now up to 25% faster at running many web-optimized layouts and you’ll feel the difference; an overhauled toolbar offers finger-friendly tap targets for mobile devices, and menus that slide in or out and automatically collapse or expand when the device is rotated. Other interface improvements include a new button bar, button icons, and in-field labels, along with a color palette coordinated with the selected theme.

Switching to mobile is more seamless, thanks to a new look for the free FileMaker Go 14 iOS app and the ability to launch solutions in fullscreen mode. There’s also more control over video or audio playback (which can now be done from container fields). There’s still no iCloud sync, though — only through dedicated servers.

The bottom line. A significant refresh for the veteran software that unifies the experience across desktop and mobile.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

FileMaker Pro 14

Company: 

FileMaker

Contact: 

Price: 

$329 ($196 upgrade)

Requirements: 

Mac running OS X 10.9 or later, 2GB RAM (4GB recommended), DVD drive (for boxed product)

Positives: 

Launch Center streamlines favorite and frequently used files. WebDirect solutions now work on mobile tablets.

Negatives: 

WebDirect solutions offer less functionality. No iCloud sync between desktop and iOS apps.

Sep 1 2015 12:20AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

More "leaked" information about the next Apple TV came in over the weekend, and the latest rumors claim that the device will support Bluetooth gaming controllers. Elsewhere, Apple added Cisco to its growing list of enterprise partners, Apple Pay is now available on an entire university campus, and a quarter of a million iPhone jailbreakers found their iPhones affected by a particularly nasty strain of malware.

Next Apple TV Said to Support Bluetooth Game Controllers

Less than a week ahead of the expected announcement of the next-generation Apple TV, new rumors about the device continue to pour in, and they continue to make the device sound amazing in comparison to its current incarnation. The latest batch comes from insider sources who allegedly spoke with 9to5Mac, and they claim that the next Apple TV will support Bluetooth game controllers that closely resemble those for gaming consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — in other words, they'd be a lot like the MFi controllers currently available for iOS devices. As with those controllers, it's Ilikely that third-party manufacturers like Logitech will make the actual controllers.

That's cool and all, but the report also dispels some other exciting rumors, specifically the ones claiming that the next Apple TV would support the kind of motion controls you find on the Nintendo Wii. Instead, the sources claim, it'll just mimic the same tilting features you already find on the iPhone and iPad.

Other "leaked" information about the device came in from 9to5Mac earlier in the day, claiming that the device will cost somewhere between $149 and $199 and that it'll be available in October. In addition, the sources claim that Apple's long-awaited cable-cutting streaming TV service will come to both the third and fourth generations of the device, with the $69 third (and current) generation mainly being regarded as an entry-level device.

 

Apple and Cisco Announce Enterprise Partnership

Apple first made big headlines in the enterprise market when it announced its surprise partnership with IBM last year, and now the Cupertino company has teamed up with Cisco to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users. The press release announcing the partnership is light on details (as was an appearance by Tim Cook at Cisco's Global Sales Experience (GSX) today), but it notes, for instance, that switching between an iPhone and a desk phone should be seamless with the resulting optimized technology.

Source: Eric J. Bell

"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 Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release. "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."

As partners, Apple and Cisco will reportedly work together to create "experiences" for "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."

 

Over 225,000 Jailbreakers Affected By New Malware Attack

If you've ever considered breaking away from Apple's "walled garden" and jailbreaking your iOS device, consider this: Today Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech revealed that malware known as KeyRaider has affected around 225,000 jailbroken iOS devices. That's a quarter of a million Apple IDs that the people responsible for KeyRaider have access to, and they're reportedly already using it to make fraudulent purchases off the App Store. Worse yet, the malware removes the ability to unlock an iPhone from the lock screen, and the culprits are sometimes using that feature to demand ransoms before the phone can be unlocked again.

Source: Palo Alto Networks

The bulk of the damage is in China, where users unassumingly downloaded affected apps through the jailbreaking tool Cydia, although Palo Alto notes that it has also affected some devices in the U.S. and the U.K. In addition to Apple IDs and passwords, KeyRaider also gains access to each affected device's unique GUID identifying code, its security certificates, its private keys for push notifications, and its App Store purchase history. Indeed, one of the ways jailbroken devices get affected is when the user download two jailbreak features that allow users to download apps from the App Store for free.

 

Apple Pay Now Available Throughout University of Oklahoma Campus

Apple Pay has been making steady inroads into retail establishments across the U.S. since its debut last year, but as of this week, it's also available throughout the entire University of Oklahoma campus. That means students can use it at any of the Norman, Oklahoma campus' 400 point-of-service locations, which include everything from restaurants to bookstores. It's the first time a university has so fully embraced Apple's mobile payment technology.

Source: Wikipedia

And it's apparently just the beginning. Back during Apple's earnings call for the third quarter last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that more than 700 colleges and universities would start using the service. The University of Oklahoma was among the universities Cook specifically mentioned at the time, as was the University of Kentucky and Cook's own alma mater Auburn University.

As for the University of Oklahoma itself, it's certainly enthusiastic about the service's potential, as it released a meme-filled list today detailing why "having Apple Pay campus wide is so awesome."

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 31 2015 11:07PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 31 2015 8:18PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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Aug 30 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 29 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 29 2015 12:25AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The next Apple TV is set to be revealed at Apple's next big media event on September 9, if you believe the rumors, and the latest batch claims that it'll feature some spiffy motion-sensing technology that could make it a big hit with casual gamers. Meanwhile, Apple and other companies are joining up with the Pentagon to create "flexible hybrid electronics," and it looks like we're stuck with 16GB baseline iPhones for another year.

Next Apple TV Said to Have Motion-Sensitive Remote

Rumors that the next big Apple TV will support motion-sensing technology have been around since 2010, but they resurfaced again in a report from TechCrunch detailing new aspects about the feature mere weeks ahead of the device's expected reveal. The motion control itself will center on a redesigned remote with the touchpad and Siri support we've all heard so much about it, but the report notes that insider sources claim that it'll have "several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote."

The report suggests that Apple likely aims to use the features to attract "the broad casual gaming market" but notes that it also allows the possibility of innovative gameplay. The design would also fare well for multiplayer gaming, as the players involved could use the built-in voice support, and the Apple TV would provide a better home for party games that are a tad too awkward to use on the iPad on the iPhone.

While the motion capabilities of the device are the highlight of the article, the report also cites anonymous sources who note that the combination of the device's "polish, polish, polish," its own App Store, and other factors will "blow away the types of junky smart TV interfaces we’ve had to deal with so far." The changes are so extensive, apparently, that they end Apple TV's long designation as a "hobby" and elevate it into "the first real Apple TV product."

If that's all true, the debut of the new Apple TV would have been even more impressive with the inclusion of Apple's long-rumored streaming TV service, but multiple reports claim that it's being held up by negotiations. The latest report in that regard comes from The Information's Jessica Lessin (via AppleInsider), who said in a letter to subscribers this morning that Apple's rumored $40 monthly fee for the service is the main sticking point. It's apparently simply too low for the content makers to want to bite, and thus it might be a bit higher when (and if) the service ever sees the light of day.

"There's still a big gap between the price media companies want for their TV channels and the roughly $40 a month Apple wants to charge consumers," Lessin wrote in her letter. "Something has to give."

 

Apple Teaming Up with Pentagon to Make Military Wearable Tech

The Apple Watch, it seems, was only the beginning: The Cupertino company's wearable technology might soon be coming to a soldier near you. According to a new report from Reuters, Apple is one of 162 tech companies teaming up with the Pentagon in order to make high-tech, stretchable and wearable electronics for soldiers in order to keep track of their vitals. In the future, the Pentagon expects warplanes and warships will use the same technology in their hulls order to monitor their structural integrity in real time.

Above: Silicon Valley's Ames Research Center (via Wikipedia)

The San Jose-based group goes by the name of the FlexTech Alliance, and it includes several other powerhouse companies and organizations such as Boeing and Harvard. The project will reportedly receive around $171 million in funding over the next five years to further develop "flexible hybrid electronics," with $90 million of that coming from Apple and its partner companies and $75 million coming from the federal government. The remainder will come from local governments.

"I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at NASA's Ames Research Center as he awarded the project the government's share of the funding.

Interestingly enough, the news comes on the same day that Politico ran an article on how current Apple CEO Tim Cook has embraced Washington politics. Steve Jobs famously shunned it.

 

'Leaked' Photo Suggests 16GB Baseline Units for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

Many commentators had hoped that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be the last iPhones to start out with 16GB of storage, but in line with earlier rumors, a newly "leaked" photo of an information sheet for the upcoming devices suggests that might not be the case (via Steve Hemmerstoffer). Even in this digital storage hungry world, it appears that the base models for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature 16GB of storage.

There's always a chance, of course, that some bored guy faked the photo or that it merely represents an earlier stage of Apple's production process that has since been abandoned. It's possible, yes, but at this stage it seems like wishful thinking.

Apple is widely expected to reveal the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the media event on September 9 Apple announced yesterday. While the devices likely won't look terribly different from their current counterparts on the surface, they're expected to sport much better cameras, Force Touch technology, improved cellular connectivity, and stronger aluminum for the exteriors. The devices are also expected to come in a new "rose gold" color and to support animated lock screen wallpapers in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 28 2015 11:42PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

After years of being available on the developer’s website and Steam Early Access, Kerbal Space Program is finally available as a full release on Mac. Part space sim, part sandbox management, Kerbal Space Program is extremely ambitious. It’s not jaw-dropping to look at, but that’s easy to forget when you see the wide-eyed awe on the faces of your pilots as you launch.

Kerbal Space Program takes place on a planet similar to Earth, except its inhabitants are little green aliens sharing the last name “Kerbin.” It’s your job to build up the game’s meager space program: managing employees, taking contracts, researching technology, and building aircraft and spacecraft, among other things. It’s an overwhelming number of things to manage, so KSP offers three modes: Sandbox, which has no restrictions on inventory; Science, in which data is gathered and funds aren’t an issue; and Career. Career Mode is the heart of KSP, starting you with very little money and not much inventory to build ships from. As you collect data, research new things, and conquer goals, you’ll gain access to better parts, smarter crew members, and upgraded buildings.

Once you successfully build a craft and make it out of orbit into space (no small feat in itself) the space sim portion kicks in. It’s up to you to control your ship, aiming for regions unknown, new planets, or getting into orbit. There are tutorials outside of the core game, but once you’re in Career Mode there are no training wheels, and a more organic training process would have been helpful. There’s a lot of patience required, and trial and error involved in just figuring out how not to blow up your ship and kill your pilot a few hundred meters in the air.

Even after years in development, Kerbal Space Program has its fair share of technical difficulties. Multiple freezes and crashes to desktop make it hard to progress, and less serious glitches are distracting. Despite these issues, there’s definitely something engaging about it. You might find yourself building better spacecraft in your head when you’re not playing, or saying “Just one more launch” over and over again.

The bottom line. A great blend of micromanagement and spaceflight, but it’s marred by tech issues.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Kerbal Space Program

Company: 

Squad

Contact: 

Price: 

$39.99

Requirements: 

Mac running OS X 10.6 or later, Intel processor, 3GB memory, 512MB graphics, 1GB HDD

Positives: 

Incredibly deep interaction. Effortlessly combines management and simulation aspects.

Negatives: 

Freezes and crashes aren’t ideal. Training is dull but necessary.

Aug 28 2015 10:04PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Aug 28 2015 9:14PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 28 2015 8:16PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
A turn-based Tomb Raider game? Sounds crazy, but the Hitman Go formula totally works for this winning Lara Croft adventure.









Aug 28 2015 6:46PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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