Apple to celebrate ‘Green Cities’ 2014 Earth Day campaign on April 22nd

Apple to celebrate ‘Green Cities’ 2014 Earth Day campaign on April 22nd
Apple will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd in its retail stores and on its Cupertino, California campus, according to multiple Apple employees. Earth Day is an annual day of focus on environmental protection and initiatives that has taken place in several countries since 1970… Each year, the Earth Day organization focuses the April […]

10-second setup lets Siri control Nest, lighting and more via web app

10-second setup lets Siri control Nest, lighting and more via web app
It’s not quite as clever as it looks, but an app created during a hackathon and spotted by Engadget allows Siri to control web-enabled devices like Nest, services like Spotify and even a Tesla car. It’s not coincidence that the app is named GoogolPlex, as what it actually does is intercept Google searches for Plex and redirect […]

Strange bug has stopped some streaming video apps from playing content

Strange bug has stopped some streaming video apps from playing content
As noted by the BBC, some video apps on iOS have inexplicably stopped working today. Videos simply fail to stream, resulting in error messages like the one shown above. The cause of the issue is still unclear, but the bug is affecting multiple high-profile apps in the UK such as BBC iPlayer and Sky Go. Whether the issue is more widespread is […]

Wall Street predicts just two percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales

Wall Street predicts just two percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales
Fortune has its usual roundup of what the analysts are expecting Apple to report in iPhone sales next week, and the forecasts make worrying reading. The overall average is for quarterly sales of 38.2 million, which would represent year-on-year growth of just two percent. Adding to the concern, ten of the 32 analysts included in Fortune‘s poll predict a fall in […]

3D imaging system that might be destined for future Apple television spotted in Google prototype

3D imaging system that might be destined for future Apple television spotted in Google prototype
A 3D imaging system-on-a-chip made by PrimeSense, a company acquired by Apple last year, has been spotted inside the prototype of a Google device. Project Tango is an Android phone that uses highly-sensitive 3D motion-tracking and measurement to create automatic maps of interior locations. After taking apart one of the 200 prototypes, iFixit later identified one […]

Apple website confirms aftermarket CarPlay installations coming soon from Alpine, Pioneer

Apple website confirms aftermarket CarPlay installations coming soon from Alpine, Pioneer
Update: Pioneer has updated with a CarPlay Microsite Apple has quietly added a line on its CarPlay microsite acknowledging that it will indeed support the feature in existing cars through aftermarket systems. Specifically, Alpine and Pioneer are listed under the line “And you’ll soon be able to add CarPlay to your current car with an aftermarket […]

Apple and Shazam planning to team up for music identification feature built into iOS

Apple and Shazam planning to team up for music identification feature built into iOS
Apple and Shazam are teaming up to build a music identification feature natively into iOS, according to a Bloomberg report. The feature will allow users to find the name and artist of a song that’s playing, likely with the option to download the song from the iTunes Store or create an new iTunes Radio station. Unlike some of […]

Marissa Mayer planning to push Apple to make Yahoo! the default iOS search engine

Marissa Mayer planning to push Apple to make Yahoo! the default iOS search engine
Re/code reports that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is planning an attempt at persuading Apple to switch its default iOS search engine from Google to her company’s own offering. According to Re/code’s sources, Mayer has built what she hopes will be a convincing arguement in favor of the change. Yahoo! current powers the weather and stocks […]

Fandango 6.0 for iPhone & iPad adds colorful new icon, Facebook & Google+ sign in, more

Fandango 6.0 for iPhone & iPad adds colorful new icon, Facebook & Google+ sign in, more
Fandango 6.0 for iPhone and iPad is out now with a colorful new orange and blue icon replacing the previous white and red version. It also brings the Spotlight carousel to both iPad, a feature previously limited to the iPhone, which lets you swipe through poster-style cards of movies being promoted. Signing in is easier […]

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Two D-Link WiFi cams $50, new Sony 4K TVs are almost affordable, SquareTrade 40% off, more

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Two D-Link WiFi cams $50, new Sony 4K TVs are almost affordable, SquareTrade 40% off, more
Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed,Facebook, Google+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. Today’s can’t miss deals: 2-pack of D-Link DCS-930L wireless network cams with iOS/Android app: $50 shipped (Reg. $160) New Sony 4K UHDTVs go up for preorder, and a couple are even halfway affordable SquareTrade Protection […]

Hyundai announces CarPlay coming this summer to its 2015 Sonata

Hyundai announces CarPlay coming this summer to its 2015 Sonata
Hyundai announced today at the New York International Auto Show its 2015 Sonata will be the first of its vehicles to feature Apple’s new CarPlay technology bringing phone, messaging, music, and navigation functionality from the iPhone to the in-dash display through iOS and Siri. Apple rebranded its iOS in the Car feature announced at WWDC […]

Texas Instruments adds iBeacon support to its Bluetooth LE chip and dev kit products

Texas Instruments adds iBeacon support to its Bluetooth LE chip and dev kit products
Texas Instruments announced today that it is adding iBeacon support across its Bluetooth LE chips and development kits. The company is starting by adding support to some of its Bluetooth wireless micro controllers, an automotive connectivity device, and other combo Wi-Fi/Bluetooth products and development kits. TI’s Oyvind Birkenes imagines support for iBeacons in its Bluetooth […]

Death of Steve Jobs prompted Samsung’s U-turn on Apple attack ads

Death of Steve Jobs prompted Samsung’s U-turn on Apple attack ads
We learned yesterday from patent trial evidence that Samsung was worried about running ads that directly attacked Apple, wanting Google to do it for them. We now know that it was the death of Steve Jobs which prompted Samsung’s change of mind, running the Next Big Thing ads which directly mocked Apple customers. An email trail shows that Samsung America’s VP […]

Alleged iPhone 6 cases reflect rumored design changes, repositioned power button

Alleged iPhone 6 cases reflect rumored design changes, repositioned power button
We’re still months away from Apple’s expected announcement of the iPhone 6, but ambitious manufactures are already designing accessories based on current rumors. Additional silicon cases rumored to fit the iPhone 6 were recently published on NoWhereElse and provide a closer look at some of the device’s possible design changes. The case pictured above has slightly rounded […]

8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Ireland and several others

8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Ireland and several others
After a brief period of downtime, the Apple Store website around the world has now gone back up. Aside from a bit of Mother’s Day promotional advertising, there is no change to most regions. For some countries, however, Apple has now made the 8 GB iPhone 5c introduced last month available for sale. The device is now available […]

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers
Approximately one week following the previous beta release, Apple has provided build 13D43 of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store Software Update section for those on earlier betas and can also be found on the Mac Developer Center website. Apple has not announced when […]

Apple agrees to participate in “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” program

Apple agrees to participate in “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” program
Apple has agreed to back a new initiative along with a host of Android manufacturers and all of the major U.S. cellular carriers that would require all smartphones manufactured after July 2015 to come with specific anti-theft features. The program is the latest attempt to prevent theft of smartphones, which some have blamed for increasing […]

Physical iPhone 6 mockups & upcoming accessories shown off at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Physical iPhone 6 mockups & upcoming accessories shown off at Hong Kong Electronics Fair
Following a number of leaks claiming to show prototypes, cases, and manufacturing tools for the next-generation iPhone, today yet another leak of a physical iPhone 6 mockup has popped up via Japanese blog Macotakara.jp. The site posted images from the Hong Kong Electronics Fair taking place from April 13-16 that apparently show mockups of the […]

Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning and tutorial service

Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning and tutorial service
Google has added yet another app to its collection of iPhone apps today. This time it’s Google Helpouts, which connects users over its Hangouts service to experts knowledgeable in a specific subject for tutoring. Google’s Helpouts service first launched last fall. Google on what Hangouts has to offer: What you can do on the iOS […]

9to5Toys Last Call: SquareTrade protection plans 40% off, Speck/Incase accessories, Kingston memory products, more

9to5Toys Last Call: SquareTrade protection plans 40% off, Speck/Incase accessories, Kingston memory products, more
Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed,Facebook, Google+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. This weekend’s can’t miss deals: Last Call updates: Save 40% on SquareTrade protection plans for smartphones, tablets, and more FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker $35 shipped (Reg. $60) wp.me/p1xTlR-nUD— 9to5Toys (@9to5toys) April 16, 2014 […]