Stunned by the high costs of many of the new "Made for iPhone" (MFi) products? Apparently those high costs at least partially spring from Apple's high licensing costs. Change might be on the way, though, as Japanese site Mac Otakara reports (via MacRumors), as Apple has both reduced the licensing costs for the program and the price of the associated Lightning cables and other accessories.
The more news we hear about the beta patches for iOS 7.1, the more it sounds like a release of Apple's operating system that should make even the staunchest critics happier. And according to 9to5Mac (which seems quite in-the-know these days), we won't have to wait much longer. Based on their "reliable" sources, we'll likely see the highly anticipated patch sometime in March.
Get ready for a tougher iPhone. Word came in today via 9to5Mac that Apple's partner GT Advanced had received equipment for sapphire glass manufacturing and testing at its new plant in Arizona, and the whole setup is allegedly capable of putting out between 100 to 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays per year.
If current trends hold their course, it looks as though we may end up with that highly anticipated iOS port of Final Fantasy VII after all. But first we're being treated to Final Fantasy VI, which makes its first appearance on the App Store today (well, following yesterday's sudden appearance on the New Zealand app store).
Your desktop has gotten rather long in the tooth. Yes, yes, it has. Sure, you've thought about upgrading to one of the sweet newer iMacs, but the price. Well, you can keep on limping along with slow processor speeds, or you can grab one of the many great and great-priced refurbs we've got going on this week. And if you need some cut-price gear, you've come to the right place.
Ever felt as though you should be devoting your time to other, nobler pursuits while gaming? Cancer Research UK knows the feeling, and in response the British charity has created Genes in Space, a space exploration game for iOS that lets you voyage throughout the cosmos and help find the cure for cancer. And yes, at the same time.
Isn't the entire point of the Olympics to bring together diverse groups and let them participate in friendly competition? That's not how Samsung sees it, apparently, as the South Korean tech giant has asked all participating athletes to cover up Apple logos on their devices during the opening ceremony. Samsung is one of the big sponsors of the winter games at Sochi, reports Slashgear, and it has little patience for participants who prefer iPhones over Galaxies.
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.
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.