Re/code recently spoke with an inside source at financial online payment startup Square. Over the past few years, the company has skyrocketd in popularity and is actively upsetting the credit card industry with its simple, mobile payment services. We’ve reported on a lot of the company’s activities in the past and are interested in the future of Square just as much as the next tech guy. According to the unnamed source that spoke with Re/code, Square is a hot commodity for bigger companies, but isn’t sure it wants to be bought up by just anybody.
Yesterday, rumors of Apple’s supposed iWatch began to swirl again. Like a wildfire in the wind, one rumor spreads fast, heating up the forest of tech blogs and starting new rumors that spread even further. Yesterday’s report claimed that Apple had already ordered 65 million units to be made and the wearable computing devices would be ready to launch late this summer. Now, Digitimes is reporting that three circuit board manufacturers have sent samples to Apple for approval with the expectation that the iWatch would be unveiled in September.
Apple’s iBeacon technology is slowly beginning to make its way into a variety of events and locations. Goldenvoice recently updated its official Coachella app with on-site iBeacon notification so attendees can use the location-based data to find out information about events, schedules, and more.
There is very little information at this time as to what kinds of things the iBeacon will produce. The app update is to “Enable On-Site iBeacon notifications by enabling Location and Bluetooth!” and the official website notes, “Use Bluethooth to interact with beacons placed around the grounds.” We’ve contacted Goldenvoice for more information, but they have not yet responded. We will update this post when we find out more.
When I was in school, computers were still fairly new. Students could enroll in a “computer class,” which basically taught us how to use WordPerfect. The word processor software was the biggest program across the US. That is, until Microsoft came into the picture with its fancy Word program. Although never completely removed from existence, WordPerfect has slipped into relative obscurity. Today, however, the company that created the program in the late 1970, Corel, has announced the upcoming launch of an iPad companion app that may just rekindle our love of WordPerfect.
Apple recently added a new chapter to the “Your Verse” story. In January, the company launched the iPad campaign by providing us with a wide-sweeping advertisement showing different ways the iPad has been used in arts and entertainment. The original commercial, layered with Robin William’s recitation of Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life!” shows a variety of painters, writers, musicians, and filmmakers all using the iPad to help further their work.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 67% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
‘Ask me anythings’ (AMAs) are all the rage right now and mostly because they are often interesting and entertaining. Thanks to reddit.com we are getting to know people that otherwise might have remained a mystery and today a fascinating exchange took place with the Office for iPad development team. Here’s what we learned about them.
The popularity of iOS 7 has reached a record high. Today, Apple published the most recent data on adoption of the mobile operating system. Within the past two weeks, iOS 7 has grabbed the loyalty of two percent more iPhone and iPad owners, leaving only two percent using an operating system older than iOS 6 and only 11 percent using iOS 6. This news comes as Apple is preparing for the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which takes place June 2 – 6.
Every year at the conference, Apple demonstrates an early version of the next mobile operating system. This year, it is possible that the iPad maker will be able to boast a 90 percent adoption rate of the current mobile operating system as iOS 8 is waiting in the wings.
Adobe has released a mobile version of its flagship photo enhancing and organizing software Lightroom 5. Comparable to Apple’s Aperture, Lightroom is the perfect companion to Photoshop for the digital photographer. Adobe Lightroom Mobile is free to download, but requires one of two subscription options to access its features.
If I’ve learned anything in my time writing about Apple news, its that rumors are just that, rumors. Last year, the supposed television set was the big buzz. Suppliers were reportedly making giant screens. Apple was purported to be in talks with cable providers for exclusive content. Nothing came of it. This year, the iWatch is the biggest buzz. But, whenever I hear news about the rumored wearable computer from Apple, I think, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
According to unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain, I’ll see it this summer.