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  • News: Notes from Apple’s Q2 2014 earnings call

    23 April 2014, 5:00 pm by: Phil Dzikiy

    Apple’s conference call after the company’s reported Q2 2014 earnings started with CEO Tim Cook calling the results “very strong.” The results were Apple’s “strongest non-holiday quarter ever,” Cook said. Cook pointed out that iPhone sales were…
  • News: Apple announces 7:1 stock split, increased share buyback, dividends

    23 April 2014, 4:48 pm by: Nick Guy

    Apple today announced a seven-for-one stock split, with shareholders receiving six new shares for every one they own at the close of business on June 2, 2014. This is the first split since 2005. The company’s share repurchase program will be increasing from…
  • News: Apple Q2 2014: 43.7M iPhones, 16.3M iPads, 2.7M iPods

    23 April 2014, 4:38 pm by: Phil Dzikiy

    Apple reported its second quarter 2014 financial results today, as the company sold 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, and 2.7 million iPods. The company also reported $45.6 billion in quarterly revenue, and a quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion.…
  • News: Former employee says Apple left iOS users vulnerable

    23 April 2014, 4:00 pm by: Phil Dzikiy

    Apple left iOS users vulnerable by not fixing security weaknesses in iOS at the same time as in OS X, former Apple employee Kristin Paget wrote in a blog post. Paget points out that an OS X fix included a number of the same issues which popped up about three…
  • Mac: Broken Rules Secrets of Raetikon

    23 April 2014, 2:15 pm by: Nick Guy

    From Broken Rules, the developer of the extremely well regarded And Yet It Moves, comes Secrets of Raetikon ($10), a new game now available in the Mac App Store. Not surprisingly, it’s a visually stunning adventure, although the style is totally different…
  • First Look: iDevices Kitchen Thermometer

    23 April 2014, 1:40 pm by: Nick Guy

    Similar in concept to iGrillmini, iDevices' new Kitchen Thermometer ($80) uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate food temperatures to compatible iDevices. The base station with this one is much larger with a digital display, and it features the ability to connect…
  • Review: Divoom Voombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    23 April 2014, 11:31 am by: Nick Guy

    Based on earlier Divoom units we’ve seen, such as Bluetune-Solo, we weren’t expecting a lot from the brand. Voombox sports a build quality and feature set that helped change our mind, though. Weighing just over 1.5 pounds, it’s heavy, but in a good way.…
  • News: Siri coming to Apple TV?

    23 April 2014, 10:33 am by: Phil Dzikiy

    It’s possible that Siri could appear on Apple TV in the future, judging by code found in the iOS 7.1 SDK. According to 9to5Mac, an SDK file showing which platforms are compatible with Siri uses the number 3 as an identifier — the number 3 internally…
  • News: Google covering some Samsung defense costs in Apple case

    23 April 2014, 9:39 am by: Phil Dzikiy

    Google has agreed to take over defense of some of Samsung’s claims in Apple’s current patent lawsuit, also agreeing to indemnify Samsung on potential losses from those claims, Re/Code reports. Though Google agreed to cover four patents, two were dropped…
  • News: Changes introduced to Apple’s app content rating system

    23 April 2014, 9:17 am by: Phil Dzikiy

    Apple has sent an email to developers about recent changes that may affect the content rating of certain apps. A new rating system has been instituted in Brazil to meet local regulations — the rating is determined by an app’s existing content description.…
  • News: iOS 7.1.1 makes in-app purchases clear in Top Grossing chart

    22 April 2014, 5:00 pm by: Nick Guy

    Along with minor tweaks and bug fixes, today’s release of iOS 7.1.1 sees Apple continuing to make it clear which apps support in-app purchases. Now, the Top Grossing chart in the App Store lists when an app has in-app purchases.…
  • Review: Pelican ProGear Voyager for iPhone 5/5s

    22 April 2014, 4:28 pm by: Nick Guy

    Much like CE1150, Voyager splits vertically. It’s mostly plastic, but augmented with rubber for extra shock absorption. The soft material can be found in two horizontal strips across the back, as well as the border where the two pieces meet, and lining the…
  • Review: ZeroChroma Vario-Edge for iPhone 5/5c/5s + Vortex for iPhone 5c

    22 April 2014, 3:24 pm by: Nick Guy

    Vario-Edge is composed of two pieces: a TPU bumper, and the stand mechanism, located south of center on the back. By definition, a bumper is a simple style of case, but this one shows some nice attention to detail. The button coverage is great, for example,…
  • First Look: Logitech Hinge for iPad Air

    22 April 2014, 2:36 pm by: Nick Guy

    Having previously focused largely on producing keyboard cases, Logitech today introduced a handful of new iPad folios. Among them is Hinge for iPad Air ($60); an iPad mini edition is also available. The outside of the case is a cool gray polyester fabric,…
  • First Look: Logitech Turnaround for iPad Air

    22 April 2014, 2:35 pm by: Nick Guy

    Having mostly produced keyboard cases in the past, Logitech today introduced a handful of new iPad folios. Among them is Turnaround for iPad Air ($60); an iPad mini edition is also available. Made of a vinyl-like polyurethane material, the lid continues around…
  • News: Apple releases iOS 7.1.1

    22 April 2014, 1:01 pm by: Nick Guy

    iOS 7.1.1, an update to Apple’s mobile operating system, is now available for download. The update lists improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition, the virtual keyboard, and Bluetooth keyboard usage.…
  • News: Apps: 1Password 4.5, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Health Mate 2.0 + WeMo 1.5.1

    22 April 2014, 11:58 am by: Phil Dzikiy

    AgileBits is calling its newest version of 1Password ($9) its biggest update ever — an apt time for it, considering the catastrophic Heartbleed bug. The password manager and secure wallet app has been rebuilt for speed and productivity in version 4.5.…
  • First Look: Ele eleMount

    22 April 2014, 11:51 am by: Nick Guy

    Made of machined aluminum, Ele's eleMount ($80) is a mount option that uses sticky pads to hold any iDevice. Shaped like a barbell standing on one of its edges, the mount tapers in towards the middle, where the two ends meet at a ball joint. Both flat ends are…
  • Mac: Lytro Illum

    22 April 2014, 11:48 am by: Nick Guy

    When Lytro’s Light Field Camera came on the market a few years ago, the concept seemed really cool: unlike traditional cameras, this one allowed you to focus your pictures after you took them. Having tested the hardware, though, we weren’t thrilled with…
  • Review: JBL Synchros S300i Stereo Headphones

    22 April 2014, 11:31 am by: Jeremy Horwitz

    Synchros S300i is effectively a fully wired version of the wireless S400BT. While the designs aren’t completely identical, they have a lot in common: plasticky circular earcups that straddle the line between “on-ear” and “over-ear” by using soft…

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