It's still not entirely clear if iBeacons will ever take off quite like Apple wants them to, but Major League Baseball is determined to give them a fighting chance. Over the past few months the organization has outfitted 28 stadiums with the technology, and now it's entering phase two with a special project at this year's All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Summer's in full swing now, and we've got deals on everything from portables to good old-fashioned desktop units. Act quickly, and you'll even save a few bucks of some peripherals to enhance your enjoyment of each. Pick up a few and save the rest of your cash for a few days in the sun.
Apple released the third beta build of iOS 8 today after a three-week lack of updates, and it's full of tweaks that were neither in previous updates nor mentioned in the keynote at WWDC 2014. While there's nothing earth-shattering about the update, it does include a number of modifications to settings and the UI as well as an option to switch on iCloud Drive. Cult of Mac and MacRumors have nice rundowns of all the changes included in the update.
In honor of the vacation schedules of our readers coming up with holidays and the summer vacation season, we've got some portable deals here. No desktops tying you down and inside, but everything light and ready to roll outside. So let's see what you can grab and go.
This month in Mac|Life magazine, we detail the many ways in which iCloud can improve your life, we examine Apple's CarPlay, and we show you how to start podcasting, how to secure your Mac, and much more! (Click through for a detailed table of contents.)
Regardless of whatever happens to Nuance, it looks as though Apple's about to extend Siri to a greater segment of the world's population. MacRumors reports that the Cupertino giant recently posted job listings for "Siri Language Engineers" fluent in Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, and Russian — none of which are currently supported by the service.
One of the first changes to iOS 8 that beta testers noticed was that Yahoo, long the source of Apple's data for its default Weather app, had been ousted by The Weather Channel. At the time, some commentators wondered if it was a simple mistake. But according to Re/code, the switch was all part of a plan by Weather Channel CEO David Kenny, formerly a Yahoo board member, to wrest the high-profile logo placement from his former company.
The Mac minis are back. These little pint-sized wonders do magical things despite their tiny size, so if you're looking for the very lowest Mac buy-in point, this is the way to go. Granted, you gotta come up with the peripherals, but if you want a Mac and it's time to ditch your old machine, this is a nice way to go. But get 'em while they're hot. Meanwhile, with the iMacs seeing a good price drop on new models, there's not much in the refurb line that can compete in pricing, so hit up the store and grab a new one of those beauties.
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.
Well, have we all cooled down since WWDC? Good. Sure, little bits of info keep on trickling in of this discovery inside the code of iOS 8's beta or in Yosemite's plist files, but for now we're firmly focused on new hardware - - until some new beta is released with lots of new goodies to dig into. For now, we've got some good news, some weird news, and some improvements all around, so let's get newsing.