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.
Love Taco Bell? Ordering burritos and crunchy tacos at the popular fast food chain is about to get a lot more convenient. According to Nation's Restaurant News (via MacRumors), the restaurant is planning on introducing a mobile ordering platform that'll let you orders your tacos in advance and pick them up fresh at your nearest location.
How times have changed. Americans used to marvel that the television brought conflicts such as the Vietnam War "into the living room," but a new app brings the reality of contemporary warfare in the Middle East to our iPhones. It's called Metadata+, and its purpose is simple: it tells you when drone strikes have killed someone in the Middle East.
The story goes that Apple originally intended for iTunes to be a "break-even" business, but the popular music and video service has proven more successful than those earliest projections could have dreamed of. Indeed, based on Asymco's calculations (via 9to5Mac), iTunes on its own would rank as 130 in the Fortune 500 list of the top U.S. companies.
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.