The folks over at Pebble know the iWatch is coming, but that isn't stopping them from delivering a great experience for the many fans of its successful smartwatch. And with today's launch of the dedicated app store for the device we first heard about back in December, that experience just got better.
As expected, today's launch of Paper by Facebook for iPhone marks the social media giant's latest attempt to shake up its effective but aging template. If there's a problem, it's that it triggers a touch too much deja vu. Existing apps like Feedly and Flipboard already offer similar services drawn from RSS feeds and the like, but Paper cobbles its magazine-like interface out of posts from your Facebook home feed and a hodgepodge of other links suited to your interests.
It looks as though our favorite Cupertino tech company is out to prove that an Apple a day really can keep the doctor away. Apple's reportedly working on an app that will gather and compile data about your health with the help of the iPhone's new M7 processor, reports 9to5Mac, along with the fitness data commonly found in smart watches like the Pebble.
Major League Baseball wants you to come out to the ballgame, and there's a good chance that it plans on using iBeacon technology to help you find those peanuts and crackerjacks. According to an unnamed source "familiar with the plans" who spoke with MacRumors, we could see "thousands" of iBeacons scattered throughout America's ballparks by the time the season starts next March. Sounds like a home run for Apple.
The Touch ID payment feature that began life as a novelty item for the iPhone 5s might turn out to be Apple's next big thing. PayPal's keeping a close eye on Apple's associated progress with mobile payments, reports Re/code (via MacRumors), to the point that it's trying to convince Apple to let it help the Cupertino giant with processing payments for physical goods.
If there was any clear loser during Apple's earnings call this week, it was the once mighty iPod. After the news broke that only 6 million units of the portable music device had been sold--around half as many from the same time last year--pundits across the Internet hopped on their soapboxes to declare the iPod dead. But not so fast, 9to5Mac says--evidence suggests that Apple might have big plans for the device yet.
With the release of iOS 7, Apple finally recognized the demand for physical gamepads via built-in support through its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program, which means all game developers and peripheral manufacturers alike can use the same compatibility standards. Now, any game that supports iOS 7 controllers should work with any MFi gamepad — in theory, at least. That hasn't exactly worked out thus far, with at least one game only compatible with a certain early controller, and a few titles that work better on some gamepads than others. If you're thinking about investing in an iOS 7 game controller now, here's a concise look at the strengths and weaknesses of each, complete with our review scores from the full appraisals.
If you use Gmail, you might want to dig through your Trash and Spam folders to see if there's anything that shouldn't be in there. As The Verge reports, between January 15 and January 22, Gmail applied the wrong actions to certain emails while users were managing their inboxes, which caused some messages to end up in the wrong folders.
Ever found yourself wishing you could access your bookmarks on Safari or your iPhone when either device isn't available? Judging from an error notice that popped up today on a link to iCloud.com, a solution might be on the way in the near future. The message said it all: "iCloud Bookmarks are coming soon."
Perhaps the biggest bit of mobile gaming news to drop yesterday was Japanese newspaper Nikkei's report that Nintendo would soon offer an iOS app to market games for its WiiU and 3DS systems. Not only would the app feature information about upcoming games, but in some cases, it'd even offer demos. Alas, according to Engadget, that's all hogwash.