So when BlackBerry CEO John Chen calls QNX one of the crown jewels of the company, he's not kidding. Here's what Chen said in December on BlackBerry's last earnings call:QNX is probably one of the crown jewels. Every time I come here, … Read more
The change not only brings the policy in line with Apple's other products, it also makes the return window consistent with those of most phone carriers. Previously, customers who wanted to return an iPhone could do so within 30 days, but were still on the hook for early termination fees with carriers if the return was made after two weeks.
But as 9to5Mac, which first reported the news, points out, the extra time was helpful for customers looking to make minor changes to their iPhone, … Read more
iTunes Radio could split off as its own separate app for iOS 8.
Apple is now testing its music service as a standalone app for the next version of iOS, according to 9to5Mac, which cited "sources briefed on the plans." The idea is that Apple could feature and market iTunes Radio more readily as its own app than as an option tucked away into the iOS Music app.
For iOS 8, iTunes Radio would be pre-installed and borrow its look and feel from the familiar Music app. iOS users could listen to Featured Stations, create and manage their … Read more
Worried about your kids running up a big bill for in-app purchases on an iPhone or iPad? You can avoid sticker shock by disabling or limiting those purchases.
The parental controls that limit in-app purchases aren't new. They've been around since Apple added them in iOS 4.3 in 2011. But the option is worth revisiting in light of Apple's recent reaction to the legal trouble caused by the in-app purchasing process.
You must enter your iTunes password to confirm an in-app purchase. But by default, that password is good for 15 minutes. Make additional in-app purchases … Read more
Make an in-app purchase via iOS 7.1, and you'll now be warned that the buying spree can continue for another 15 minutes without need of your password.
After you type your password to confirm an in-app purchase, the following message pops up:
"In-App Purchase Complete You can now make additional purchases in any app for the next 15 minutes without reentering your password. To change this, tap Settings and go to Restrictions."
Tap OK, and the message goes away. If you want to restrict this behavior, tap Settings and launch the Restrictions screen. From there, you … Read more
Sprint subscribers who own an iPhone 5 can now bring their phones to Ting. OK, but what exactly is Ting, you may ask?
Launched in 2012, Ting is a mobile service that attemps to avoid the limitations and frustrations of the typical wireless plan. Ting offers various rates based on how minutes, messages, and megabytes you use. Use more than your allotment, and there's no penalty fee (though there is a charge, of course). Use less, and anything extra is carried over into the next month.
As an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) partner of Sprint, Ting allows you … Read more
Just 45 hours after its release on Monday, iOS 7.1 has snagged 12 percent of all iOS Web traffic seen by Chitika for North America.
In this regard, iOS 7.1 adoption has taken off at a rate close to that for iOS 7.0.6, Chitika said Wednesday. Launched on February 21, iOS 7.0.6 reached a 13.3 percent adoption within 48 hours. Given Apple's notification process for new updates, future minor iOS 7 version updates will likely see comparable levels of adoption, according to the ad network.
The latest adoption rate for iOS 7.… Read more
The new store is designed by Foster + Partners, the UK-based architecture firm that designed the company's new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, slated to open in 2016. So clearly, the new location is something of a flagship store for the company, especially given its proximity to Apple's corporate home in Silicon Valley. Apple already has an existing store nearby, on Stockton Street.
"We are thrilled that the … Read more
As you drifted from one ridiculous work problem to another today, as you wondered whether your tolerance threshold was being reached, you probably mused to yourself: "I wonder how much Shaq spends on apps."
Because this blog is primarily a sociopsychological service, I can help you with that question. For at SXSW, Shaquille O'Neal revealed the true depths of his inner geek to The Wall Street Journal.
"I'm not ashamed to say I'm a geek," he said. Which is good, as he might be ashamed to say he's a Laker, given that … Read more