iOS 8 How-To: Use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store

iOS 8 How-To: Use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store
Sometimes searching the App Store can be an overwhelming task. You might already know what you want to download, or other times you might get distracted when you open the store and forget why you were there, and typing in what you want to download is old fashioned now. With iOS 8, you can use Siri to […]

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ – Meet the Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli at SoHo Apple Store [video]

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ – Meet the Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli at SoHo Apple Store [video]
Apple is clearly a fan of the new Becoming Steve Jobs book (review) by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli ($12+Amazon, $13 iBooks, Free Audible). Apple execs including Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue and PR head Steve Dowling have all praised it and it is has headlined the iBookstore for over a week.  Its latest promo of […]

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ – Meet the Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli at SoHo Apple Store [video]

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ – Meet the Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli at SoHo Apple Store [video]
Apple is clearly a fan of the new Becoming Steve Jobs book (review) by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli ($12+Amazon, $13 iBooks, Free Audible). Apple execs including Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue and PR head Steve Dowling have all praised it and it is has headlined the iBookstore for over a week.  Its latest promo of […]

Opinion: As Nintendo ponders iOS, it’s time for Mac console game emulators to shine

Opinion: As Nintendo ponders iOS, it’s time for Mac console game emulators to shine
When Nintendo announced last week that it will collaborate with DeNA to release iPhone and iPad games, gamers split into two camps: people intrigued by the promise of brand new Nintendo titles designed for mobile devices, and others — including myself — who expect Nintendo to release shallow mobile minigames, mostly to promote console titles. Nintendo hasn’t actually committed to bringing the Super […]

Tim Cook calls out controversial Arkansas and Indiana legislation, says “Apple is open for everyone”

Tim Cook calls out controversial Arkansas and Indiana legislation, says “Apple is open for everyone”
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter today shared Apple’s opposition to a controversial new law in Indiana while calling on the governor of Arkansas to veto legislation before it becomes law. Both laws relate to religious freedom protection but have been criticized as enabling LGBT discrimination. Apple joined a crowd of companies publicly opposing similar legislation passed by […]

The best Apple Watch accessories: bands, cases, docks, screen protectors & more

The best Apple Watch accessories: bands, cases, docks, screen protectors & more
Apple Watch preorders, reservations, and sales are set to kick off in the coming weeks, so we’ve prepared a running list of the best accessories available to purchase and preorder online. Companies aren’t waiting around for an official Apple third-party accessory program for the device, as a long list of straps, cases, charging docks, screen protectors and […]

9to5Toys Last Call: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more

9to5Toys Last Call: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, 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: 64GB PNY 90MB/sec MicroSD Card: $25 Prime Shipped PreSonus Powered Speakers + Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones $209 (Reg. $430) Save 20% off Patagonia, […]

Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros

Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros
Thanks to Apple’s patent on the MagSafe connectors used in MacBook Airs and Pros, the list of third-party external batteries for MacBooks previously began with Hyper’s HyperJuice/HyperJuice 2 and ended with Lenmar’s ChugPlug — not much of a variety. Apple’s legal department chased Hyper for attaching harvested MagSafe connectors to its batteries, and Lenmar chose a workaround, sending ChugPlug’s […]

Millions of British Safari users able to sue Google over secretly-dropped cookies

Millions of British Safari users able to sue Google over secretly-dropped cookies
UK Safari users have been given the go-ahead to sue Google for continuing to drop cookies on their devices even after they had refused permission through their browser settings. It was revealed in 2012 that Google bypassed the setting in Safari which instructed sites not to drop cookies, enabling it to deliver personalized ads. The FTC in […]

Chinese smartphone company wins bad taste of decade award, compares Apple to Nazis

Chinese smartphone company wins bad taste of decade award, compares Apple to Nazis
Rival tech companies haven’t been shy when it comes to Apple attack ads, but one Chinese company has definitely crossed the line in a promotion for its forthcoming Android smartphone. LeTV has posted to Weibo a poster likening Apple to Nazis, a red Apple armband replacing the Nazi logo. The underlying message is supposed to compare the claimed freedom […]

Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new Intel/Micron technology

Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new Intel/Micron technology
SSDs are fast, but still expensive compared to spinning metal drives, giving us less storage capacity in today’s Macs than we got in older models. Pick up a classic 13-inch MacBook Pro with a hard drive, for example, and you’ll get 500GB of storage for $1100, compared to just 128GB of SSD storage in the […]

Apple announces grand opening for Apple Watch shops in department stores in London, Paris and Tokyo (Gallery)

Apple announces grand opening for Apple Watch shops in department stores in London, Paris and Tokyo (Gallery)
We reported last month that Apple was creating Apple Watch displays inside department stores in London and Paris, adding earlier this month that Tokyo was joining the party. All three stores-within-a-store are now official, with entries on Apple’s website. As we previously noted, the locations are Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo. All […]

App Store, iTunes, Apple TV and more experiencing service disruptions (Update: Restored)

App Store, iTunes, Apple TV and more experiencing service disruptions (Update: Restored)
Update: Apple says all services are restored. Following an outage of many Apple services earlier this week, several of Apple’s iTunes and App Store services are again today experiencing disruptions, according to Apple’s system status page. Apple is currently listing outages for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, […]

10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales

10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales
KGI It has been a tough slough for Apple’s iPad since the height of its popularity in 2013. Facing its second straight year of negative growth, there isn’t a consensus on why iPad sales have declined. I believe the slump is attributable to a combination of factors. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the declining iPad sales a […]

10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales

10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales
KGI It has been a tough slough for Apple’s iPad since the height of its popularity in 2013. Facing its second straight year of negative growth, there isn’t a consensus on why iPad sales have declined. I believe the slump is attributable to a combination of factors. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the declining iPad sales a […]

Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Apple Watch apps

Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Apple Watch apps
The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away from being available to preview in Apple Stores, but a select few apps selected by Apple to be available for the Apple Watch have started hitting the App Store today. These app updates that add Apple Watch support include Twitter, […]

Review: August Smart Lock provides smart home security features for your front door (Video)

Review: August Smart Lock provides smart home security features for your front door (Video)
I’m always in the market for new smart home stuff. Just about every room in my house has some gadget or accessory to make things a bit easier. Recently, I moved this smart home mission outside with the addition of Ring Video Doorbell, but now I’m tackling the front door with the August Smart Lock… […]

Wired video abuses ultra-protective iPhone cases, two withstand slams, one even survives falling safe

Wired video abuses ultra-protective iPhone cases, two withstand slams, one even survives falling safe
Most cases will protect your iPhone during regular use, and many can handle accidental drops and a little abuse, but very few can withstand deliberate punishment. An amusing new Battle Damage video from Wired uses abusive tests to crown the “toughest iPhone case ever” from four different ultra-protective models: Griffin’s $50 Survivor,* LifeProof’s $80 Fre, Lunatik’s $125 […]

Here are the new Apple Pay decals for business owners [Gallery]

Here are the new Apple Pay decals for business owners [Gallery]
Earlier this week, we noted that Apple has opened up a new web portal for business owners to order Apple Pay decals to promote their support of the service. Now, these stickers have begun arriving to those who have ordered. As can be seen in the image gallery below, the decal pack includes a placement […]

How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Part 2

How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Part 2
As I noted in Part 1 of How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Apple has designed the Mac purchasing process to be easy: pick a model, pick the good, better, or best configuration, hand over your cash, and enjoy your computer. Since most people get confused by tech specs — bullet points filled with […]