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 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.
Just last month, we reported that iOS 7's adoption rate stood at an impressive 74 percent just three months after its release, and now, a month later, it stands at 80 percent. Not bad, considering the near-constant litany of vocal dissatisfaction with Jony Ive's "flatter" design. As MacRumors notes, you can find the information on the App Store support page for developers.
First there were iBeacons; now there's a service that may allow you to use your iPhone as a replacement for the key to your hotel room. As The Wall Street Journal reports, you can currently only find them at two Aloft hotels owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Manhattan and in Apple's own Cupertino, but it's possible other chains will pick it up if the trial proves successful.
You know it's a strange world when Apple can break its own records and still disappoint analysts. That's the news from Apple's latest quarterly earnings report, which covers the first fiscal quarter of 2014. During that time, Apple generated a staggering $57.6 billion in revenue with a profit of $13.1 billion. The disappointment? As Fortune notes, Apple "only" sold 51 million iPhones out instead of the 56 million some analysts were projecting.
When it comes to near-field communication (NFC) enabled payments, the iPhone has been left out of the party by Apple's refusal to add the necessary chip to its hardware -- that is, until the release of a new case from Incipio.
So just how safe is your Apple.com account from intruders? Pretty darn safe, according to Dashlane (via Ars Technica), at least if you're talking about password protection. Dashlane studied the password protection policies of over 100 companies ranging from Microsoft to Dick's Sporting Goods and found that only Apple deserved a perfect score of 100.