It’s a week of the new and the old all together in one fine batch of stories. Got a hobbyist enthusiasm for early code? Have we got some news for you. Wanna speculate on what comes next? Do we ever! And do you want to know what’s in your wallet? The answer may surprise you. That and a whole heaping helping more where that came from. Just mosey on up.
It's a good year to be a music lover. Earlier this year Apple gave us iTunes Radio as a worthy alternative to popular services like Pandora and Spotify, and today Google finally released its native Google Play Music app for iOS. Whereas Apple's design for iTunes Radio seems to mimic Pandora, Google Play takes a tack that's more reminiscent of Spotify, but with the welcome option to add all the music files from your computer and play them in the Cloud.
If you've been wondering when Apple would finally update iBooks and iTunes U to match the iOS 7 aesthetic used for almost every other program, your wait is over. Today, Apple released a new version of iTunes U and its book app for both the iPad and the iPhone, along with an update to the store for the latter.
Devices like iPhones and iPads get a lot of flak these days for supposedly keeping us from being more active, but a new sensor kit on the way from Zepp Labs actually allows you to use them to perfect your athletic training. Mind you, this isn't another heartbeat sensor; rather, the sensors and mounts monitor your movements in baseball, golf, and tennis and offer suggestions for how to improve.
Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is right up there with Charles Schultz's Peanuts as one of the most beloved strips in the world, and its relevance has scarcely diminished since the last strip was printed on the last day of 1995. And the best part? As of this week, Cult of Mac reports, you can get the bulk of the series on iBooks.
Developers of iOS apps received a pleasant surprise this morning in the form of additional promotional codes for their programs, reports MacRumors. In the past, Apple apparently only gave developers 50 download codes to work with after each app update, but today it seems to have bumped that number to 100.
It’s the week of updates and shutdowns, of explosions and insomnia. In short, it’s another week of the biggest news stories from the writer of Mac|Life, getting you up to date with everything you ever might have missed that you shouldn’t have. So without further ado….
Yesterday I wrote about how Apple puts comparatively little cash into its advertising budget, and last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, five-year-old Arden Hayes showed us why word-of-mouth works just as well for the folks in Cupertino. During his interview, Hayes utterly devastated Sony's attempt at product placement when he expressed preference for Apple's iPad.
If the information from a new patent is correct, Apple's still doing more in the innovation department than investors may have realized. According to AppleInsider, the patent allows users to activate home devices through data on devices and objects such as iPhones, iPads, or even credit cards by alerting them of your approach, which would in turn affect climate control, on/off switches for lights, and much more.
Surprisingly enough, Apple has yet to bring all of its iOS software in line with the design shift of iOS 7, but it's been making slow inroads with almost every week. The latest app to get the makeover treatment is the Remote app for the iPhone and iPad, which brings the whole program in line with the icon redesign it received last month.