Today Neil Young revealed his Toblerone-shaped "PonoPlayer," which he hopes will launch a successful counterattack against (of all things) Apple's iPod. It seems Mr. Young has missed all the memos about the device's "declining business," in the words of Apple CEO Tim Cook, particularly in the wake of the emergence of integrated devices like the iPhone and iPad.
After weeks of speculation and rumors, iOS 7.1 is here at last — and still in time for SXSW as expected. The release marks the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch back in September. Along with the expected bug fixes and UI tweaks, the release also brings new features such as support for Apple's new CarPlay system.
Apple may have wowed competitors with the announcement of its A7 chip for the iPhone 5s (even in spite of some vocal dissenters), but now it's already moving past that and starting production of its new A8 chip. And guess what? Samsung isn't making it.
Apple's Lightning cable is pretty neat, aside from that whole rendering-all-our-previous-iOS-peripherals-useless thing. But that's not to say that there haven't been problems. Since its introduction with the iPhone 5, the cable has suffered from frequent reports of breaking and fraying, and now ZDNet's John O'Grady has noticed that it's prone to corrosion as well.
Tired of controlling your Apple TV with your iPhone or iPad? Logitech has just the thing for you. It's the new Harmony Smart Keyboard, and it's compatible with Apple TV and a host of similar computing devices for the living room. It brings together the best of Logitech's famed keyboard line and its Harmony remote units, and it offers a more tactile method of entering information on the screen from the couch. Just be sure to ignore that Windows logo in the bottom left-hand corner.
Apple's stuffing a lot of improved features into iOS 7.1, just as it's filling its roster at SXSW (South By Southwest) with memorable acts. It turns out that the two may have more in common than it initially seems. Based on info from a "little birdie," John Gruber of Daring Fireball stated that Apple's dedicated app for steaming performances from SXSW's iTunes Festival will need iOS 7.1. The upshot? Considering that SXSW starts on March 11, that means we could see iOS 7.1 in the next couple of days.
Few consumers, it seems, really care for Windows phones. But what if Microsoft brought its beloved Xbox Live service to iOS--would you be more interested then? Microsoft certainly hopes so, as The Verge claims that the Redmond giant is on the verge (sorry) of bringing the service to iOS "in a big way." The problem? That would bring it into direct competition with Apple's own Game Center.
Few would disagree that the original iPhone was revolutionary, but a former Apple senior director apparently feels otherwise, going so far as to dismiss the iconic smartphone for not being all that fantastic.
You may have heard that Apple's acclaimed iTunes Festival is coming over to this side of the pond for next month's SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, and now The Loop has more news on what to expect. Along with Coldplay, Imagine Dragon, and other groups, '90s sensation Soundgarden will be performing at the festival.
It's often said that we live in a "post-PC" world, but few reports verify the truth of that statement quite like analyst Benedict Evans' recent research. During the holiday quarter, according to Evans, Apple achieved higher sales numbers with combined sales of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch units, and Macs than were achieved by the global Windows PC industry. It also marks the first time Apple has outdone PCs in terms of hardware sales.