Apple won't provide any funding or support to the Republican presidential convention because of Donald Trump's negatively charged position on women, minorities, and immigrants. Other tech companies are staying out of this year's event, too, and some are scaling back their support, showing how controversial the Republican presumptive president nominee is.
Squarespace announced support for Apple News Format this week. Squarespace is a do-it-yourself website publishing platform that specializes in gorgeous themes. The move to support Apple News Format means Squarespace customers can publish to that format directly from their site, and that means their content could be subscribed to in Apple News and be discoverable within the service, too. Apple News is a curious beast whose top quality as of this writing is that it's part of Apple's Proactive service on iOS devices. That sort of real estate ensures it has eyeballs, which in turn makes it a desirable place to be. Services like Squarespace supporting Apple News Format is not only beneficial to its customers, it increased the value of Apple News, too. I also imagine developments like this indicate that Apple's little news service is picking up steam, because supporting it is does require resources for a small company like Squarespace. Speaking of which, competitors like Wordpress require third party plugins to support Apple News Format, for now. I suspect it will eventually be built into the Wordpress engine, too.
Beijing's Intellectual Property Bureau has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city because it infringes on a Chinese company's design patent. Of course, Apple is appealing the ruling and—wait...there's an intellectual property bureau in China?
The iPhone and Apple Watch contain sophisticated security and encryption protocols for use with Apple Pay. To make it very easy for customers, Apple has brilliantly made the setup and use incredibly simple. Has that simplicity fooled customers into thinking that the Apple Pay process is risky and makes them vulnerable? A Pew study suggests that potential customers mistake the simplicity for various kinds of vulnerabilities, and they shy away.
I found one of those games. You know, the ones that look sort of interesting, so you download it. No worries, you'll just try it out a little. It's not like it's going to suck you in until you're left scrambling to understand what just happened to the last hour of your life, and ZOMG THAT REPORT ISN'T FINISHED AND YOU'RE GOING TO GET FIRED! It's called CoogyLoop, and the instructions are easy: "Tap anywhere when the ball is inside the coloured area. Easy, right?" The ball spins in a circle, and a random portion of the circle is highlighted once per rotation. Just tap the screen when the ball is inside that random area, and you're good to go (find a new job because you will probably get yourself fired after playing this all day). It's free, with an in-app purchase to remove ads if you wish. Good luck. And oh: you're welcome.
Check out Bone Machine, Bluetooth headphones that conduct sound to your inner-ear through your skull—without them being over your ears. That has the practical effect of allowing you to listen to music, a podcast, a voice call, or whatever without blocking out the road. There's a promo video on the deal listing featuring a woman running, for instance, an excellent example of a when you might want to still hear your surroundings. The price on this device through our deal is $69.99, some 30 percent off retail.
Mobile payment platforms aren't taking off because consumers don't trust them. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Pew study looking at who uses mobile payment systems like Apple Pay, and they also dive into Apple's reasoning for not bringing iMessage to Google's Android platform.
Apple's iPhone 7 won't sport dual lens cameras, contrary to earlier rumors that claimed it would. Or, more accurately, there's a new rumor that says something different than the old rumor, and no one knows what Apple really has planned for the next iPhone update.
I love inspiring someone to do something really cool, and one of TMO's readers totally ran with my suggestion to get a quality chair mat instead of the plastic kind every office supply store sells. Reader Geoduck took my glass chair mat advice to heart, but went above and beyond by designing his own portable hardwood mat. It looks great, is functional, and was made from reclaimed parts that otherwise would've become just more waste in a landfill. The whole project cost Geoduck under $100, and now he has a quality office chair mat that should last pretty much for ever.
Netflix slipped out an update with a very cool feature this week: picture-in-picture (PIP) support. This allows you to watch a streaming movie on newer iPad models in a small window while another app is running. Models covered include iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 2 and newer. To use the feature, simply press the home button while a movie is streaming—the movie will collapse into a small window that shoots to the corner of your screen. You can move it to another corner by dragging or flicking it around. Tap the movie to get the option to pause, quit it, or go back to full-screen mode. This was a feature technically added to iOS 9, but developers had to specifically implement it. I'm delighted Netflix has now done so. In the screenshot below, Supernatural is playing inside Angry Birds 2. Don't judge me*. *Go ahead and judge me.
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