Apple hiring hardware engineers to work on display & projection systems for virtual reality environments

Apple hiring hardware engineers to work on display & projection systems for virtual reality environments
We discovered late last year that Apple was hiring software engineers with experience in virtual reality gaming and user interfaces, but new job listings this week point to Apple’s interest in the development of hardware for virtual reality. Apple is seeking a Senior Display Systems Engineer for “display systems design and development related to VR environments.” […]

What will the Apple Watch Edition cost? Jewelry and watch people weigh in

What will the Apple Watch Edition cost? Jewelry and watch people weigh in
[Ed. Note: Rob Bates, is a senior editor for JCK, and blogger/writer about the diamond and jewelry industries—this post originally posted here] When we first started talking about the Apple Watch, some predicted that the highest-end model—the 18k gold Edition—could retail for more than $1,000. Now that seems almost quaint. Apple-focused blogs such as Daring Fireball […]

Pages, Numbers, & Keynote apps arrive on iCloud.com for users without Apple devices

Pages, Numbers, & Keynote apps arrive on iCloud.com for users without Apple devices
Apple has opened access to its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps at iCloud.com to all, even those without an Apple device (via TechCrunch). Earlier this month Apple opened the apps to those without an Apple device while offering 1GB of free storage (an iCloud account with an Apple device has free access to 5GB). However, previously access to the apps for […]

Tapbots aiming to release major Tweetbot updates for iPhone & iPad before June, Tweetbot 2 for Mac coming next

Tapbots aiming to release major Tweetbot updates for iPhone & iPad before June, Tweetbot 2 for Mac coming next
  Tapbots has announced on its website that it is officially discontinuing some of its apps to focus on Tweetbot and Calcbot, for the time being. Convertbot’s features have been built into Calcbot, as we covered last week, so it’s not surprising that app is going away. Pastebot and Weightbot have also been discontinued. Although Pastebot is getting pulled, Weightbot […]

Poll: What do you expect to see from Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event in March?

Poll: What do you expect to see from Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event in March?
Okay, so you’ve heard by now that Apple is having a ‘Spring forward’ special event on March 9th (just a day after the clock springs forward in the US for DST), and Tim Cook has pinned the Apple Watch debut down to sometime in April, so it’s a no-brainer that we’ll be filling in lots of blanks […]

Review: Moshi’s VersaCover for iPad Air 2 uses pyramid power to prop up your tablet

Review: Moshi’s VersaCover for iPad Air 2 uses pyramid power to prop up your tablet
Several months after the iPad Air 2 hit shelves, form-fitting cases still remain few and far between, and even our favorite case makers have been rushing out “quick fix” options reusing most of earlier, thicker iPad Air 1 designs. Moshi’s VersaCover for iPad Air 2 ($60) is different. While the “origami cover” front lid is identical to one […]

Apple announces live stream coverage for March 9th Apple Watch event

Apple announces live stream coverage for March 9th Apple Watch event
In addition to sending out invitations to its upcoming March 9th event, Apple has announced on its website that it will provide a live stream for what is anticipated to be an event focused largely on the Apple Watch. On the event page, Apple also invites you to “follow every moment” on its live event […]

9to5Toys Last Call: Printer Pro for iOS goes free, Speck 50% off sitewide, iPad Air 2 $99 off, more

9to5Toys Last Call: Printer Pro for iOS goes free, Speck 50% off sitewide, iPad Air 2 $99 off, more
Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Last Call Updates: Amazing Indie Game iOS sale: up to 50% off Kingdom Rush, Banner Saga, more These AA and AAA batteries can be recharged […]

Apple announces ‘Spring forward’ event on March 9th in San Francisco ahead of Apple Watch debut

Apple announces ‘Spring forward’ event on March 9th in San Francisco ahead of Apple Watch debut
Apple has just invited several media outlets to a ‘Spring forward’ special event on Monday, March 9th. We’re sure to see a whole lot more of the Apple Watch at this event ahead of its April debut. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Apple first unveiled the Apple […]

Apple Maps adds animated 3D imagery starting w/ UK’s London Eye & Big Ben (Videos)

Apple Maps adds animated 3D imagery starting w/ UK’s London Eye & Big Ben (Videos)
Apple has added some nice new touches to Apple Maps with animated 3D imagery for iconic landmarks starting with the UK. Apple Maps now shows the correct time on Big Ben and a rotating London Eye when users viewing the landmarks access the app’s 3D Flyover feature. Videos showing off the animated London Eye and Big […]

Watch Modern Family’s Apple episode on your own iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac

Watch Modern Family’s Apple episode on your own iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac
In case you weren’t in front of your TV set last night when ABC aired its Apple-centric episode of Modern Family, the “Connection Lost” episode that plays out entirely on a MacBook screen using FaceTime, iMessage, and other Apple products is now available to stream on your own Apple devices… iPhone & iPad For cable […]

Mini review: Lightning Rabbit Triforce USB charger – cute & fast

Mini review: Lightning Rabbit Triforce USB charger – cute & fast
It seems pretty much every gadget in the world these days–from phones to bicycle lights–is charged via USB, so you can never have too many USB charging points in your home. The Lightning Rabbit Triforce is a simple device with two goals: to charge your devices quickly, and to look cute (if quirky) while doing so. […]

Spotify’s Mac app getting integrated Musixmatch lyrics in the coming weeks

Spotify’s Mac app getting integrated Musixmatch lyrics in the coming weeks
If you’re a fan of impromptu karaoke sessions, Spotify is about to make life easier by integrating Musixmatch lyrics into its desktop apps. Simply fire up any song on our desktop app and hit the new Lyrics button. You can also search and browse popular lyrics from Spotify’s top songs using the Explore feature. The […]

Apple’s growing presence in Israel geared to chip design, suggests WSJ

Apple’s growing presence in Israel geared to chip design, suggests WSJ
The WSJ is suggesting that Apple’s growing presence in Israel is focused on expanding the company’s chip design capabilities, reporting that it has hired most of the local employees of a chip design company shut down by Texas Instruments and is advertising new positions in silicon and semiconductor design. “Apple’s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show […]

Chinese government removes Apple from list of approved tech companies for state purchases

Chinese government removes Apple from list of approved tech companies for state purchases
The Chinese government has removed several prominent US tech companies, including Apple, from its list of approved vendors for state purchases, Reuters reported today. The change is hardly unexpected following the government’s response to accusations several years ago that the US National Security Administration had been using backdoors in Apple products to spy on users. Some […]

Tim Cook to give commencement address at George Washington University in May

Tim Cook to give commencement address at George Washington University in May
Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the commencement address at George Washington University’s graduation ceremony this May, the school announced today. Cook, who will receive an honorary degree during the event, was selected after being suggested by GWU students. The commencement will take place on May 17th on the National Mall. The full GWU press […]

Apple Maps adds GasBuddy and GreatSchools as data providers

Apple Maps adds GasBuddy and GreatSchools as data providers
Apple has recently added two new companies to its list acknowledging data providers for Apple Maps. The two latest additions, GasBuddy and GreatSchools, first spotted by applemapsmarketing.com, are likely a sign that Apple intends to add additional features or points of interest to its maps apps for iOS and Mac. GasBuddy is a service that aggregates data […]

First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X hits theaters this week

First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X hits theaters this week
It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011. A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app […]

Happy Hour Podcast 003 | All things Apple Watch

Happy Hour Podcast 003 | All things Apple Watch
Welcome to episode 003 of the Happy Hour podcast! Today we’re discussing all things Apple Watch. Can Apple succeed in the smartwatch game? It’s clear Apple has been developing this product for a while and we’ll get into all of the need-to-know information surrounding it. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes […]

Sesame is a $99 smart lock that lets you unlock your current deadbolt from your iPhone

Sesame is a $99 smart lock that lets you unlock your current deadbolt from your iPhone
Note: Kickstarter currently appears to be down possibly because of a certain new smartwatch… The iPhone-connected smart lock market is getting a new player today as Candy House introduces a new, competitively priced device called Sesame—a play on the phrase “open sesame”—that retrofits your existing deadbolt lock with modern smarts. While current smart lock options carry higher price tags […]