The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published two patents for Apple, Inc. that refer to environmental sensors that can be embedded into portable electronics like the iPhone, iPad, and even a “wrist-watch” device. The sensors would make it possible for you to read the temperature of the immediate environment around you, not just the weather outside.
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Sure, there are dozens of step sequencers in the App Store that let you make awesome loops and beats, but how many of them let you actually alter the sound your loops and beats make?
A newly released app called birdStepper is not so much a step sequencer, but more like a step sequencer effect. It lets you manipulate sound using automated time-synced effects.
For the first time since its launch, the iPad did not meet expectations for Apple’s second quarter of 2014. At today’s earnings result conference call, CEO Tim Cook noted that iPad sales, which reached 16.4 million units in the second quarter, did meet the company’s expectations, even if it fell short by 13 percent of analyst predictions. While the decline may seem like the death toll for Apple tablets based on what tech bloggers are saying, Cook says he is still “bullish” on the iPad, despite concerns for the year-over-year decline in the second quarter.
Today, Apple released its quarterly earnings report for the second quarter ending March 29. Thanks to popular demand for the iPhone 5s, as well as record growth in China, the company was able to pull of another excellent quarter for revenue. While iPad sales were not part of the official report, we are sure to hear more about the company’s revenue during the financial results conference call.
I used to work at a movie theater. After every show, I’d pick up trash, sweep the floor, and check the seats for lost items. At least once per week, someone would leave a phone behind, snugly tucked into the folded crevice next to a candy wrapper or a very old piece of chewed gum. The very first thing I would do was check the phone to see if the owner had included a “home” contact (This was before cell phones had passcodes). At least 90 percent of the time, there wasn’t one. So, I’d try calling a person on the contact list that I thought would be able to help.
I always thought it was silly not to include some kind of “home” or “my other number” contact so that a Good Samaritan could help return a lost device. In my contacts, I have designated one such number. If someone finds my iPad or iPhone, they can easily see in my contacts and favorites list which number to call to return my devices.
The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is about six weeks away. So, everything Apple does right now can be interpreted as getting ready for the big event. The iPad maker traditionally holds a keynote address the first day of the conference and typically shows of new products and software that will launch later in the year. Today, Apple sent out a subtle user interface update to iWork, which may point to new features that will be demonstrated at the WWDC on June 2.
You may recall that I’ve recently become fascinated with Washi tape. This decorative, glamorized masking tape is great for turning solid colors into exiting patterns. Because it can easily be removed, it allows you to go crazy decorating your tech, without worrying about its resell value. We recently spotlighted a simple DIY project involving Washi tape. With just one small strip of the stuff, you can make your tablet stand out from the rest.
Apple is really trying to make a point today. The company recently launched an Environmental Responsibility campaign that highlights everything Apple is doing to reduce its carbon footprint and “leave the world a better place then we found it.” Today, apply announced that it has expanded its Reuse & Recycling program to include older models of the iPad. You can now take your clunky, slow iPad into any Apple Retail Store and get credit toward a new one.
It is no secret that the tech news world thinks Apple is going to launch the rumored iWatch sometime this year. Everyday, new information surfaces that points to Apple’s involvement in wearable computing. Yesterday, CNN speculated on a possible collaboration between Nike and Apple that spawns from the fact that the former recently reduced its FuelBand team and shelved future updates to the fitness monitor. Today, MacRumors reported on some in-depth research that points to the possibility of Apple using a false company name to secretly secure the iWatch trademark around the world.
Agilebit’s password security app 1Password has been in the news quite a bit lately. With the recent revelation of Heartbleed, the company dropped the price of both the iOS and OS X apps by 50 percent. Today, the company has launched the biggest update since 4.0 and it brings with it some fantastic changes that will make your password updating experience even simpler than before.