If you’re someone who likes to carry a spare iPhone battery around with you just in case, then you might want to check out this very handy new gadget from Scosche, as reported on by 9to5 Mac.
Scosche’s new MagicMount magnetic battery is attached to your iPhone via a very slim magnetic pad, and connected via a built-in Lightning connector. So it acts like a battery case by being attached to your phone, but also means that you don’t have to put up with the excess bulk of a battery case all the time as you can simply remove the battery when it’s done its job.
The MagicMount costs $59.99 from Scosche’s website, and includes a 4000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery and 2.1A output, which should be enough for approximately two complete charges for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.
The MagicMount is available in black, silver, gray, gold, and rose gold.
Following on from a story earlier in the week about how Apple had offered to help retrieve information from an iPhone belonging to one of two Florida teenagers who disappeared from their boat during a fishing trip, AppleInsider writes that the process is now underway.
According to a lawyer for the Stephanos family, the iPhone 6 that belongs to Austin Stephanos is to be sent to Apple so that its forensic experts can try to extract the data and hopefully find clues as to the disappearance at sea of Austin and his friend Perry Cohen.
The information was imparted by the Stephanos family’s lawyer during a court hearing that was held on Friday to decide on the best way to preserve the iPhone 6.
Drake has today released his new album exclusively on Apple Music for one week, after which it will be available elsewhere.
AppleInsider writes that Drake held a global listening party for the new 20-track album, “Views,” on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show on Thursday, during which he announced that Apple Music would have exclusive rights to the album for one week, starting today, Friday, April 29. The album is also available to buy exclusively from iTunes for one week.
Views includes singles One Dance and Pop Style.
Drake already has a very close relationship with Apple Music, having been one of the artists who announced the service, and Apple even financed his Hotline Bling music video.
Google is back at it again, this time pushing out the latest update to its Google Maps application on iOS. Google Maps 4.18 is now available for download, adding features like a Travel Times widget and a new Night mode.
The Travel Times widget, which can be enabled in the Notification Center, shows the estimated time to locations like Home or Work. Dropping down the Notification Center's Today view, the widget can show time estimate for driving or transit, depending on what the user enabled in the settings.
Night mode seems pretty straightforward. A user can choose between the standard day view or night view, while also being able to set a custom color scheme in the settings.
Folks and fans of live streaming applications will be happy to know that Periscope has been updated with a handful of new features. The live streaming social network app has made some under the hood improvements, along with features like doodling and the addition of analytics.
Doodling seems to be the big feature in this new update. Streamers on the Twitter-owned app can now tap and hold while broadcasting to select a Sketch option. The option allows for three primary colors or a dropper tool to pick colors from the actual stream. Other than drawing fun things on one's stream, to tool can be used for practical use, i.e. drawing a circle around the main focus on-screen.
For folks who like to see how many viewers have watch their streams over time, Periscope has added a section were streamers can view charts and statistics for all broadcasts.
Fast Company reports today on the first wave of health apps that have been developed to take advantage of Apple’s CareKit, with the CareKit service just launching today via Github’s open source community. The service is designed to enable developers to create apps that can help patients collect their own health data, manage their own symptoms, and also send reports to their care team.
While not much has been heard publicly about CareKit since it was announced by Apple in March. the CareKit team has been busy beavering away behind the scenes, working with three startup companies that were given early access to the CareKit code. These are One Drop, for diabetes management; Glow, for reproductive health; and Iodine, which is an app to help people with depression manage their medication. The Cleveland Clinic is also currently working on an app for people who have respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
"We had about a month to play with CareKit," says Iodine founder and CEO Thomas Goetz. "It has been especially helpful for us to slot in important context in a way that makes sense to patients, like our trend data on what they can expect from an antidepressant."
It’s going to be fascinating to see what all these developers come up with, and how CareKit could revolutionize personal healthcare.
Yesterday we saw Apple seed the third beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers. What seems to be the norm now, folks signed up through Apple's public beta testing website can now join in on the fun.
iOS 9.3.2's release notes show that the new firmware update contains bug fixes and improvements. Hidden in the background, iOS 9.3.2 seems to bring fixes to a major Game Center bug, which caused users to experienced the so-called "white screen of death".
The third beta of iOS 9.3.2 is now available to developers through over-the-air update, or by downloading the correct firmware in Apple's iOS developer center.
Apple's Beta Software Program is available for anyone who would like to join for free. The process doesn't take much longer than a few seconds, but if you aren't a developer or don't know what you're doing, it's much better to wait for the final build.
It won't be too much longer until we see Apple unveil the next generation iPhone some time this fall. On Wednesday, Japanese tech blog Mac Otakara posted images from monthly MacFan magazine depicting alleged iPhone 7 Plus schematics.
The schematics seem to show many of the rumored features of the iPhone 7 Plus we've been hearing. Started off with the dimensions, the image calls for a device at 158.22mm x 77.94mm x 7.3mm, meaning that it should be roughly the same size as the iPhone 6S Plus.
Going on we see the cutout for the dual-lens system and a Smart Connector, which we've seen on a previous alleged leak. The schematics on the bottom of the device are missing a headphone jack. The iPhone 7 is rumored to be the first device of its kind, switching from a standard analog jack to Bluetooth or digital (through the Lightning connector).
MacFan has been an accurate source in the past when it comes to anything related to Apple. Rumors about all of the aforementioned features have been flying around for months. We might be seeing a final product here.
The third expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning online strategy card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now live. From today, players have the chance to collect and battle 134 new cards, including the legendary Old Gods, C’Thun, N’Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y’Shaarj.
This latest expansion, entitled Whispers of the Old Gods, will turn the familiar world of Hearthstone on its head, as former allies have been corrupted, new monstrosities have entered the fray, and the Old Gods of Azeroth have reappeared to spread their sinister power throughout the tavern.
“Whispers of the Old Gods adds an exciting new set of creepy, corrupted cards to Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see how creative players are with the ancient evil of the Old Gods in their hands.”
Players will receive legendary Old God C’Thun, as well as two Beckoner of Evil cards, when they open their first Whispers of the Old Gods card pack. And as an added bonus, for a limited time only, everyone who logs into Hearthstone will receive three free Whispers of the Old Gods card packs.
Players also now have the chance to win Whispers of the Old Gods card packs as quest rewards or prizes in the Arena, and can also craft cards from the expansion with Arcane Dust, collected from disenchanting unwanted cards.
MCV reports on exciting news from Nintendo today, which has revealed that it will be bringing its Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises to the smartphone market, something that fans have been wanting for a long time.
“Both of these are pure game applications,” said Nintendo today. “Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business.”
Nintendo said that it “will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of people.”
Nintendo also said that the Fire Emblem smartphone game will be “more accessible” than the previous console and hand-held versions of that franchise, and that the Animal Crossing game will be “connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems.”
The Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games will arrive on iOS and other devices sometime this Autumn.