Back in June, we passed along the news that the Los Angeles Board of Education had approved a controversial measure to spend $30 million on iPads for students at a select group of schools. And now, as the L.A. Times reports (via Cult of Mac), the board is expanding the initiative to include 38 additional campuses, as well as buying laptop for students in seven high schools.
One of the better app ideas to come along in a while is Horizon, which corrects one of the most annoying aspects of using an iPhone to create video. Just start up the app, and regardless of how you're holding your phone, it'll start recording the footage in landscape mode. In other words, as long as you're using the app, no more portrait-oriented videos.
It's a slow news day for Apple folks, but that doesn't mean there's not some noteworthy stuff lurking out there in the data streams. For one, Cult of Mac reports (via Business Insider) that you if you ask Siri what the fox says, she'll give you a number of responses from the insanely popular viral video made by Norwegian comedy group Ylvis.
If the third beta of iOS 7.1 serves as any proof, Apple is at last allowing users to delete the installation files up for upgrades to the operating system that automatically start downloading when the device is connected to AC power. As reported by German site Macerkopf.de (via MacRumors), users who don't want to install the updates will soon be able to delete the installation files to free up room on their iDevices.
Another year, another report of Apple products and crime in New York City. Today's take on the old story comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple products made up around 18 percent of all grand larcenies in New York in 2013. Put another way, almost one-fifth of the 47,000 items reported as stolen in the Big Apple last year were Apple products.
Apple's so-called iBeacons have only been out for a short while, but as MacRumors reports, some developers are already testing their potential for mobile gaming. In an interview with Re/code, Dave Bisceglia, CEO of The Tip Lab, outlines some of the ideas for how this the technology could work for location-based games.
Siri has improved considerably since her (or his) first appearance back in 2011, but what happens when she improves to the point of self-awareness? As Cult of Mac reports, that's the joke behind the latest short released by the Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse chain of indie theaters, which is directed at rude moviegoers thinking about sending texts while attending screenings of Spike Jonze’s film Her.
Few games can command so bold a spot in the history of games as Pac-Man, and if you've never played the legendary game in all the years since its release back in 1980, you'll be happy to know that you can pick it up for free this week on the App Store. No more buckets of quarters, no pricey iOS downloads. Now, you have no excuse.
The latest entry in our "cool stuff from CES 2014" file comes from 3D systems, which today announced an iPad version of its unique Sense 3D scanner. Appropriately enough, it's called the "iSense," and it can scan three-dimensional objects and then send the data to your iPad, thus eliminating the need for the large, bulky scanners usually required for such technology.
So it seems official--this year's CES in Las Vegas is all about showing us the different ways in which we can integrate iOS into our lives. The Crock-Pot mentioned yesterday was only the beginning. Now Haier is telling us about Made-for-iPhone air conditioners, and Macgasm is passing along news that there's a spiffy new case called the FLIR ONE that has thermal sensory capabilities.