Posted by JenThorpe at 4:30 PM on September 15, 2013
Apple has decided to discontinue their Cards iOS app service. September 10, 2013, was the last day it was usable. The service is no longer available.
If you were someone who used, and enjoyed, the Cards app this news may come as a disappointment. Apple says that you will still be able to view your previous purchases by opening the app and tapping “Saved Cards”. That is the only function that the app will continue to have.
What are your options for replacing the app? Apple suggests that you use iPhoto instead. In the announcement about the discontinuation of the Cards iOS app, Apple points out that you can order letterpress cards, customized with your photos and text, through iPhoto.
You place your order, and the cards will be shipped to you “through a carrier such as FedEx rather than through the United States Post Office”. I’m not sure why Apple has decided against using USPS, but there you are. Apple has a page with lots of information about iPhoto Print products that you can check out if you are considering using iPhoto as a replacement of the Cards app.
Posted by J Powers at 11:14 AM on September 11, 2013
Last time I had to deal with co-processors was in the 90′s when I put in a 386SX/DX combo into a PC. Technically, co-processors are in your computer still – just as one chip. However, Apple has separated the processors once again with the iPhone 5S. The A7 and the M7 processor.
The A7 processor will be the primary processing unit for your iPhone. A chip that brings the smartphone to 64-bit processing, the A7 will be able to give you some great gameplay while managing your apps and even using the muli-task features of iOS7.
The M7 is going to handle the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass information. This instantly turns your phone more into a pedometer, heart-rate monitor, location tracker and more.
The M7 runs at lower power so it doesn’t drain your battery when you are on a walk or run. It can also free up CPU time from the A7 chip so location-based apps work a little better.
Expect the healthcare industry to utilize this chip as they put out more apps that can monitor your health. Companies like Fitbit and Nike Fuelband can utilize this chip for their exercise apps. If an iWatch is in the works, it could possibly have monitors that would report straight to the M7. As for location tracking, the M7 will be able to geo-tag photos and video better.
Ultimately, with this co-processor, Apple has been able to tout a 40x difference in speed and 56x graphics difference from the original iPhone. It even is close to doubling the speed of a iPhone5 (from the chart Apple provided at the event).
The 5S breaks some new boundaries. The M7 chip looks to give location tracking and healthcare apps the ability to build strong programs that help in your everyday life. If it all comes together right, the iPhone 5S could be a major shift in the mobile computing market.
Apple may have slowed down in innovation department lately, favoring litigation instead, but one area where the company has excelled is in lending itself to parody. After last year’s countless videos and images of an iPhone that resembled a bean pole, the new 5S is set to be announced and becoming the subject of comedians before even being unveiled.
The latest video purports to be a group of Apple employees discussing the next-generation of the popular mobile device. The actors do an excellent job of playing the parts of the prototypical Apple hipsters. This is a production YouTube’s Matthias, who has previously posted popular and comical pieces in the past.
I will not spoil the fun, you can’t watch the three-minute clip as it truly needs to be seen to be appreciated. You can check out the clip posted below.
While some people have suggested that podcasting is a dying art, the data indicates an entirely different reality. Apple announced on Monday, July 22, 2013, that there have been more than 1 billion podcast subscriptions through the iTunes store. Thats a big number!
If you visit the iTunes store today, and visit the part about podcasts, you will see the image that accompanies this blog. It is part of Apple’s special promotion to commemorate the 1 billion podcast subscriptions.
The data from Apple notes that the 1 billion subscriptions are spread over 250,000 unique podcasts. The podcasts are in over 100 languages. More than 8 million episodes have been published in the iTunes store (so far).
Those 1 billion podcast subscriptions do not necessarily equate to the same amount of “listens”. Many people, myself included, have fallen behind on listening to the podcasts that they have subscribed to. Personally, I have more podcast episodes that are sitting in my iTunes, waiting for me to get around to listening to them, than is reasonable. My intent is to get to them all, eventually!
It is never a good sign when you visit a website and see “We’ll be back soon” at the top of the page. Sometimes, it can mean that the site is going through normally scheduled maintenance and truly will be back online in a little while. Not so with the Apple Developer website!
To clarify, the website (at the time I am writing this blog) actually does say “We’ll be back soon”. It also says that it was taken down on Thursday, July 18, 2013. When will it return? At the moment, that is unknown. The situation is undoubtedly causing frustration for developers who need to access the website.
Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email address may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.
It goes on to say that they are going to be completely overhauling their developer systems, including updating their server software and rebuilding the entire database. If you are a developer who needs that website, all you can do is be patient and wait for the overhauling to be completed.
On the positive side of things, Apple says that if you are a developer, and your program membership was set to expire while this overhaul is happening, not to worry. They will extend your membership and your app will remain on the App Store.
When Apple began building its flagship retail store in Madrid, Spain, the company probably wasn’t expecting to find the remains of an old hospital on the building site. It’s rather amazing what can sometimes be found when construction work is done in old cities!
The new Apple store in Madrid is located at number 1 Puerta Del Sol, where the Paris Hotel once was located. Workers who were involved in renovating what is intended to become the basement level of the Apple store discovered remains of a 15th century hospital that was once called the Buen Suceso hospital. The hospital was originally created by Catholic Monarchs in 1489.
The old hospital was once connected to a church (which was also called Buen Suceso). In 1854, both the hospital and the church were demolished. In 2009, construction was being done on the Sol Metro and Cercanias light rail station when the remains of the Buen Sucesco church were discovered. That project stopped for 10 months so that the ruins could be preserved. They are currently behind glass and viewable by the general public.
Apple is not expected to halt their construction. Instead, the company has been asked to change the flooring of the basement to “symbolically” trace the outline of where the old walls of the hospital were located. They have also been asked to put up an informational panel explaining why there is a path drawn on the floor. Right now, it unknown if the general public will be able to visit the basement of the new Apple store in Madrid after it is completed.
There are so many apps out there that are intended to attract children. It is easy to see why parents are hesitant to let their children go ahead and buy whatever apps they like – especially if those apps allow for in-game purchases (using real money). What if your child does it without your permission?
A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2011 against Apple by 5 parents. The parents were upset because their children were able to purchase and download apps from Apple’s online store on the parent’s accounts without the parent’s knowledge or permission.
Earlier this year, Apple agreed to a settlement of this class-action lawsuit. It will end up costing Apple around $100 million. Apple has agreed to provide around 23 million affected customers with a $5.00 iTunes store credit.
Have your kids been downloading things from Apple that you didn’t give them permission to? You might want to read over the details of the settlement to see if you are eligible.
The settlement is specifically about apps or in-app purchases of game currency that were purchased by a minor without the parent’s knowledge or permission in the 45 days prior to May 2, 2013. If you qualify, you must file an online claim by January 13, 2014.
The settlement is only including qualified apps This means all apps from the App Store in the games category with an age rating of 4+, 9+, or 12+ that offer in-app purchases of consumable game currency.
Vikings have suddenly become big business for the first time in several hundred years, thanks to the TV series that just completed its season one run with high ratings and critical acclaim. Now Rovio, famous for the Angry Birds franchise, capitalizes on the the popularity with its latest game.
Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is launching on iOS devices. The game comes from UK-based studio Nitrome, and is the first game published under the brand new Rovio Stars initiative, which will bring you new games.
“In Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage an icy wind has swept away a band of vikings to leave them stranded in a perilous landscape of trolls, traps and a lot of ice. Your mission as a lone icebreaker apprentice is to save your fellow vikings by cutting through tangles of ice, ropes, traps, troll snot and yes, even chickens! Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage offers 95 levels crammed full of puzzles, side quests, epic final bosses and offbeat humour”
For now, the posted download link does not yet display the game, but it should be rolling out today and can be found in the iTunes Store, though there is no mention of pricing in the announcement.
In an interesting turn, the US International Trade Commission ruled that Apple violated Samsung patents regarding technology that sends information over wireless networks. If an appeals court cannot overturn or presidential veto (which has to happen within 60 days), certain Apple products would be barred from AT&T’s network.
This ruling does not affect 3rd or 4th generation iPad, iPhone5, iPhone 4S or iPad mini (These models are on or have option for 4G/LTE). It does affect iPhone 4, 3GS along with 1st and 2nd Gen iPads with 3G (aka iPad1 and iPad2).
Since the models that could be banned are older models, many are writing this ban off. All iPhone models in the ban are available for upgrade anyway and a report last year on Gigaom said that only 1 out of 10 iPads sold were 3G models (mostly in the 64GB flavor).
It’s a small victory for Samsung in the patent wars against Apple – even though the blow is more like a mosquito bite to the leg.
Want to buy the famed Apple I computer? Well you better get your wallets out because it won’t come cheap.
One of six original Apple computer that still works will be bid upon Saturday in Cologne, Germany. Auction Team Breker(which, by the way, REALLY needs a new website built for them) sold an Apple I back in November 2012 for $640,000 and now they are planning to do it again. You can see the Auction Lot 14 Apple I here.
From the Auction description: This is the sensational 1st product of today’s highest-valued company (approx. 600 billion US$). – The “Apple 1″ was designed and handmade by Steve Wozniak in the famous “electronics heaven” of “Silicon Valley”, USA, and was marketed in April 1976 by Wozniak and Steve Jobs through electronics retail chain, the “Byte Shop”, which bought the first 50 units. – The “Apple 1″ was always delivered as a motherboard only and is seen here with the very rare original “NTI” sign. The peripheral equipment such as power pack, keyboard, monitor and cassette recorder had to be obtained personally by the user. “Apple” never offered a housing; every user had to make his own. – The “Apple 1″ was the 1st PC in the world with monitor and keyboard access!
Bidding will start at $116,000 (90,000 Euros). Many will expect this Apple I will get as high as $400,000 or more.
There are many other items up for auction if you don’t want (or can’t afford) the Apple I computer. The Rare Six-Digit “Pascaline” Calculator By B. Pascal, a Curta “Type I” Calculator, The Calculus bu American computing machine, Laytons Improved Arithmometer and much more.
Oh yeah. Winning bidder also has to pay for shipping…