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iOS 8 privacy changes bring big layoffs to retail tracking startup

iOS 8 is cruising through the final stages of development ahead of its fall release, and while most users can’t wait for its arrival, one NY-based startup already had to cut a third of its staff, after privacy changes in iOS 8 have threatened to already make its retail tracking technology …

President Obama makes smartphone unlocking legal again

A new smartphone unlocking bill has made its way through the Senate and House of Representatives, and now it’s getting the seal approval from President Obama.<p>Today The White House announced that Obama will sign the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” into law, which gives the …

People save and change lives in Apple’s newest iPhone 5s ad

Apple has a new TV ad out for the iPhone 5s, and it’s the fourth installment in its “You’re More Powerful Than You Think” campaign. The ads have previously shown people using the iPhone to do stuff like play music, workout, and parent.<p>Titled “Dreams,” the latest spot is a collection of ways people …

Leaked shell gives us our first good look at the iPad Air 2

First debuted in November last year, the iPad Air is coming up on a year old. In Apple terms, that means it’s due for an upgrade, but we still don’t know what the iPad Air 2 will be. Will it be a spec bump, or will it be a redesign?<p>According to new leaks from China purporting to be the rear shell …

IPad Air

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha could be its biggest iPhone knockoff yet

Although Samsung’s commercials often mock Apple and its devices, the South Korean company has been known to use Apple products as its inspiration. In …

Make way for Big Daddy! Bioshock is coming to iOS this summer

First released in 2008, <i>Bioshock</i> remains, to this day, one of the most unforgettable first person shooters you can play. The game takes place in the dystopian city of Rapture, an underwater metropolis built upon the ocean floor so that it’s citizens can pursue Ayn Rand style objectivism and …

Apple TV beta gets iOS 7-style makeover with new icons and font

iOS and OS X weren’t the only platforms that got some Apple beta loving today. A new update for Apple TV beta 4 was seeded to developers as well this morning that comes with a long awaited UI makeover.<p>Apple still hasn’t completely done away with the grid of icons approach for Apple TV, but it has …

5 changes Apple made in OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5

Today Apple released the fifth developer preview of OS X Yosemite, its next major OS release for the Mac coming later this year.<p>Like usual, there are some noticeable and not-so-noticable changes in the new version of Yosemite. Don’t worry about spotting them yourself, though. We’ve got you …

Hands on: See iOS 8 beta 5’s new features in action

Each developer preview of iOS 8 brings new changes to Apple’s mobile operating system in preparation of it’s official fall release, and while the newly unleashed version Beta 5 boasts many bug fixes, some small new changes to the interface have been sprinkled throughout the new update.<p>In today’s …

U.S. proposes ban on all in-flight cellphone calls

If you’re worried about noisy plane passengers being able to make calls in the air, the U.S. Department of Transportation is on your side.<p>The government agency is looking to ban all in-flight calls from cell phones, which would mean that every airline would have to comply with the rule. The other …

iPad Art: The Snail King

Today’s featured iPad art is titled ‘The Snail King’ and is the work of Jaime Sanjuan Ocabo.<p>I have to say I find this image striking and powerful, and also more than a little surprising. I mean, I’ve never seen such a regal and impressive looking snail. Hell, I’ve never seen even just an impressive …

San Juan

Booqpad for iPad Air: Analog and Digital Notes Together In One Folio

My boss recently got our entire team a set of Evernote Moleskine notebooks to enhance our note-taking and info sharing practices. I’m not usually one for carrying paper around because I prefer to keep my notes digital (and therefore searchable), but now that I’m handling larger projects, I’m …

IPad Air

Duolingo: The Future of Learning a Language

Every iPad user has that app he or she uses when they have some time to blow. Generally, it’s something that isn’t very constructive. Some entail throwing birds at pigs, while others reading through gigantic amounts of news you’re never going to use. For those of us who want to be more …

Language Learning

AgileBits Introduces The 1Password Extension for Third Party App Integration in iOS 8

http://vimeo.com/102142106<p>This week AgileBits announced that 1Password will support extensions for iOS 8. That’s a big deal because it will allow the 1Password app to send passwords straight into other App Store apps, instead of merely acting as an external password vault. That’s the major …

Apps

iPad App of the Week: 80 Days

Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for …

Apps

iPad Art: Hipster

Today’s featured iPad painting is ‘Hipster’.<p>It’s the work of another of our long-time favorite iPad artists, Helene Goldberg. I love how this image manages to keep Goldberg’s abstract style while also being quite a clear portrait of a prototype hipster. It’s just fun to look at I think.<p>You can see …

Art

The Big Daddy of Gaming, Bioshock, Is Hitting The iPad This Summer!

Here’s some pretty cool iPad gaming news from today: Bioshock is coming to iOS this summer, and it looks quite good! I don’t like the idea of playing it using the touchscreen (<i>yuck</i>), but it’s games like Bioshock that could really drive Bluetooth controller sales and make the concept more …

Gaming

Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?

Studying how adorable animals can turn us aggressive<p>Seeing something cute actually does bring out aggression in us, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in New Orleans last Friday.<p>Researchers found 109 people to look at pictures of animals …

Researchers Reconstruct Speech Recorded in the Vibrations of a Potato Chip Bag. No, Seriously.

What the?<p>Researchers have figured out how to turn everyday objects into “visual microphones” by developing a software algorithm that can translate vibrations picked up on high-speed video into the sounds that caused them.<p>It works even when the motion can’t be detected by the naked eye. In fact, the …