The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published two patent requests from Apple that refer to a system for locking and unlocking iOS devices. The patents, titled “Gesture entry techniques” refers to drawing patterns and shapes on the screen to unlock an iPhone or iPad.
New Apple Retail executive Angela Ahrendts is able to officially take up her post in Cupertino having completed the six month transition period required by her contract but may postpone the move until early summer to receive substantial bonuses. How much are money are we talking about? £8 million!! ($13.4 million) Apple seems to be doing okay with its retail business, in spite of being without a permanent head since 2012, yet it will be interesting to see what changes will trickle down after Ahrendts takes over.
Less than two months from now, Apple will likely demonstrate features for its next big update to iOS at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June. While much is still unknown regarding what Apple will “wow” us with in 2014, rumors are starting to pop up here and there. Today, Bloomberg reported that Apple and Shazam Entertainment are collaborating on new software that will let a user identify songs and artists directly in iOS, possible with the help of the personal assistant, Siri.
Thank goodness for Bluetooth technology. It makes it possible to connect your iPad to a sweet sounding speaker system instead of trying to hear your beats through those tiny speakers. We’ve been able to test some fantastic mobile Bluetooth speaker systems for Sound Stage, but thanks to Logitech, we don’t need to invest in new speakers anymore. With the Bluetooth Audio Adapter, you can connect your iPad or iPhone to any receiver and listen to music through any speaker. We’ve got a hands-on review of this little connector device.
Last August, Blizzard officially revealed that a new free-to-play collectable card game (CCG) based on the World of Warcraft lore. The PC and Mac version came out a few months later and was a big success. Today, Blizzard has announced that the iPad version is finally ready and available for download in the App Store.
You may recall Anki from last June when Apple held its annual keynote address at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The company showed off its upcoming toy battle racecars, track, and interactive app. The company successfully launched Anki DRIVE last October. Today, Anki announced it would be adding two new cars to the lineup, plus you can add two new expansion tracks, and add Race Mode to the compatible Anki Drive app.
These days, smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are all the rage for petty thieves. Last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman put out a call to action for tech companies to do something that would make stealing gadgets a waste of time. Implementing a kill switch program into smart phones and tablets would not be difficult to do and would be a major deterrent for criminals that can currently wipe a device back to the factory settings and use it like its brand new. Today, a number of tech companies have promised to add new anti-theft technology in mobile devices beginning next year.
City building games can be lots of fun, but they can also be a bit of a pain. No matter how patient you are and how frugal you are with your money, you always hit a pay wall. And, it’s not like a single purchase of gems or coins or whatever the in-game currency is, will be enough. You can drop $0.99 on a few bits of money to get you through the next building, but the money runs out again. It’s genius and evil, all at once. A Guinness World Record Rubiks Cube holder figured out a way to keep the money coming in, even while he sleeps, by building a tapping device out of LEGOs and an Arduino circuit board.
Texas Instrument is adopting Apple’s proximity notification technology with a new Bluetooth connected iBeacon transmitter. The SimpleLink SensorTag and compatible SensorTag app makes it possible for brick-and-mortar stores to push location-based alerts to costumers.
When it comes to crafting your own iPad case or sleeve, the most important thing is to ensure it is protected. When you shove your tablet into your stuffed backpack, you don’t want those loose marking pens to scratch your brushed aluminum backside. Once you’ve got the basics covered, it is nice to have some additional features to increase your case’s usefulness. That is where pockets come in. Having a separate section for storing your Lightning cable, EarPods, and those loose marking pens really makes a case more than just a sleeve.