Apple's "Complete My Album" feature is great for music fans, but don't you wish there was a way to do the same thing with TV series? VUDU announced just such a feature this week that allows customers to complete an entire TV season at a discounted price, and better yet upgrade the quality to 1080p HDX for less. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for our Thursday edition of the MacLife.com news recap...
We all know the iPhone 6 is coming; it's just a question of when. Since 2008, Apple has unveiled an entirely new handset every two years, and assuming it sticks to the same timeline, we're only a few months away from the eighth iteration of the iPhone — naturally, we're pretty stoked. We're sure Apple will have a few tricks up its sleeve on the big day, but there's a lot we already know about the new iPhone.
One of the big announcements at WWDC this year was the introduction of Continuity for both iOS 8 and Yosemite, which allows Apple users to continue what they were doing on one device on another. Although Apple made no mention of extended compatibility in the keynote, it now looks as though the Cupertino company is extending that same functionality to Apple TV.
We've heard in the past that Apple plans to fit the upcoming iPhones with a wide range of sensors pertaining to health, but today 9to5Mac relayed news that suggests the new units will also support a barometer. Similar information popped up in vague rumors last March, but new evidence suggests there might be some truth to them.
Tuesday was a big day for app releases, so we've rounded up a whole bunch of them in this edition of the daily recap. If you happen to be looking for some quick cash, the free eBay Valet app might be worth a look, taking the pain out of selling on eBay by letting a faceless team of valets do the heavy lifting in exchange for a 30 percent cut of the take. If that's not quite your speed, dive in...there's plenty more to be found ahead!
In case you haven't heard, there's a currently a major legal battle being fought between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group. While the battle wages on, Amazon is refusing to sell books by the popular publishing company. Apple isn't, however, and Re/code reports that the Cupertino company is even taking advantage of the situation by offering a sale on digital copies of Hachette titles.
It's been a while since we've seen a good mockup of an unannounced Apple product, but never fear — some unidentified case makers for the next iPad in China or Japan allegedly have us covered. It's not clear if the photos are entirely accurate (although it's touted as a "perfect replica"), but they look as though they could be authentic owing to the relatively few deviations from the existing model.
Privacy is one of the most important words in tech today. It seems like we hear about new threats to our identities almost daily, whether someone’s hacking into our credit card company’s files or the government is peeking into our emails and messages. But it’s not just our personal information that’s vulnerable. The files on our Macs that we never see — cookies, caches, download histories, recent items, even icons — can be used to track our digital fingerprints and compromise our privacy without us ever realizing it. If you don’t want all of this data to come back and haunt you, you should get rid of it.
The Dropbox service lets you store and access your files remotely, but that's just the beginning. Once your files are uploaded, the service lets you do a whole lot more, particularly when it comes to sharing and collaboration. Read on to find out how.
Facing a jury trial next month with $840 million in potential damage claims on the line in a dispute over alleged e-book price fixing, Apple has instead decided to settle out of court to make the problem go away.
Amidst rumors Google is about to swallow up voice recognition provider Nuance, Domino's Pizza has teamed up with the current Apple partner to provide a new voice ordering assistant in the latest version of its U.S.-based app, which pretty much brings us full circle back to ordering on the phone, although without any human interaction. That's progress... right?
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
Dedicated gaming machines got the most attention at last week’s E3 show in Los Angeles, but there was still plenty of promising content shown for iOS and Mac. Here are the top 20 games we encountered that are on their way to Apple devices. (And if you need your gaming fix now, check out our lists of the best Mac games, best iPad games, and best iPhone games.)
Of all the companies that would make sense for Apple to acquire, Nuance — the company behind Siri — would seem high on the list. That's apparently not the case. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple's chief rival Samsung is moving in to acquire the influential creator of voice-recognition software, which could mean dire things for the folks in Cupertino if the deal goes through.