Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.1.3 with Security Updates

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Screenshots for iOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.1.1

Apple released iOS 10.2.1 Monday, as well as watchOS 3.1.3. The patch notes for both updates say they include, “bug fixes and improves the security” of your devices. There are no other features or improvements specified.

Sprint Buys Its Way Into Streaming Music Market with Tidal Investment

· Jeff Gamet · News

Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal

Sprint wants in on the streaming music game, so it just bought 33% of Tidal. The deal gives Sprint access to what they’re calling exclusive content available only to their subscribers, and it gives Tidal the financial boost it’s been looking for.

Samsung Delaying Galaxy S8 Launch Following Note 7 Fire Investigation

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

Word leaked last week that Samsung’s official Galaxy Note 7 fire investigation would point to the device’s battery as the cause of the problem, and that’s exactly what the company said on Monday. Samsung also it’s delaying the launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone as a result of its Note 7 investigation.

Samsung's Note 7 Fire Report: Surprise, It's the Batteries

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

Samsung will officially announce the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires next week, and there won’t be any big surprises because they’re pointing the finger that the smartphone’s battery. The company is also going to say there were manufacturing issues, although it’s not clear yet what those were.

Simply Mac Stores Closing, but it Isn't Apple's Fault

· Jeff Gamet · News

Some Simply Mac stores closing due to poor performance

GameStop is shutting down several of its Simply Mac stores across the U.S., and initial reports claimed it’s because Apple ended its Authorized Reseller agreement with the retailer. GameStop representatives say that’s not true and that the stores are closing because they don’t perform well enough.

Get Jim Dalrymple and Bryan Chaffin iMessage Stickers

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Bryan Chaffin and Jim Dalrymple as Emojis

OK, get this. Nodconcept made this custom emoji of me for the company’s Facebook emoji app for iOS. They made one for my friend Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, too. Facebook emoji apps are so 2009, but the Emoti emoji are available as an iMessage sticker pack. And—more importantly—Nodconcept told me they added the emojis for me and Jim to that sticker pack.

Netflix Joins Apple's TV App, Sort Of

· Jeff Gamet · News

Netflix in Apple's TV app

When Apple introduced its TV app for Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad Netflix and Amazon were both missing from announcement. Now Netflix is on board, but with a big string attached: none of its original content is available through the TV app.

How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

rainbow emoji message

Another messaging crash for iOS devices is making the rounds. This time, it involves the colorful rainbow emoji. The bug affects both iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.1 or below, but a variant of the crash can affect devices running iOS 10.2. Luckily the fix is very easy, and we’ll show you how.

Just Discovered Fruitfly Malware Uses Pre-OS X Code

· Jeff Gamet · News

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Malwarebytes discovered a Mac malware threat dubbed Fruitfly that’s being used to target biomedical research facilities. Calling Fruitfly new, however, may not be correct because it looks like it’s been around since at least 2014, and it also relies on some system calls that predate OS X and macOS.

Apple Offers 'Major Updates' to Logic Pro X and GarageBand

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Logic Pro X 10.3 Interface Screenshot

Apple announced “major updates” to GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X on Wednesday (for NAMM), going so far as to issue a press release for the updates. The consumer-oriented GarageBand is getting the Alchemy synthesizer and a new browser for finding and using sounds. Apple’s professional DAW—Logic Pro X—gets support for Touch Bar, Track Alternatives, an updated interface, and other changes. Both updates are free.

Verizon Now Intercepting Calls From Note 7 Users Refusing to Give Up Their Phone

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung bricking Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to prevent them from catching fire

Following Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 combust-a-phone mess and product recall, Verizon went from “We won’t do anything,” to “OK, let’s brick them,” and now is at the “Seriously people, give us the phone before you hurt yourself” stage. Verizon’s latest move is to reroute calls from Note 7 phones to customer service to convince users to exchange their phone for something less flammable.

AT&T Officially Kills Off 2G, Original iPhone Support

· Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T shuts down 2G/EDGE wireless network

Farewell, 2G. AT&T officially ended 2G support on its network as of the first of the year, and it’s a safe bet almost no one noticed. Dropping 2G support means older phones like the original iPhone won’t work for phone calls any more, and it also opens wireless spectrum that’ll eventually benefit LTE.

Goodbye Vine, Hello Twitter's Vine Camera

· Jeff Gamet · News

Vine becomes Vine Camera for Twitter

Vine’s six seconds of fame, so to speak, has come and gone. As of January 17th, the Vine video sharing social network has shut down and is being replaced with an app that posts short videos on Twitter.

Brexit Drives Up UK App Store Prices 25%

· Jeff Gamet · News

UK App Store prices going up 25%

Apple’s App Store is about to get more expensive for U.K. shoppers. App prices are going up by 25% because the pound has been dropping in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Apple Music Wants to be Pop Culture Central with Music and TV Shows

· Jeff Gamet · News

Original TV shows coming to Apple Music in 2017

Apple Music front man Jimmy Iovine all but confirmed last week’s report that Apple is on the hunt for original scripted TV shows for the subscription service. He said Apple is looking for ways to set the streaming music service apart from Spotify, and that Apple Music is going to be a big part of the pop culture experience.

Jeff's 4 Must-have Touch Bar MacBook Pro Adapters

· Jeff Gamet · News

Touch Bar MacBook Pro dongle list

After spending a month with Apple’s 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro I’ve found there are only four must-have Thunderbolt 3 adapters I need to attach everything I use with my computer. I don’t need all of them all the time, but they’re my go-to set for all of my wired connection needs.

Apple Shopping for Original TV Shows for Apple Music

· Jeff Gamet · News

Original TV shows coming to Apple Music in 2017

We already see the Netflix and Amazon logos at the beginning of original shows on TV, and soon we’ll see Apple’s logo, too. Apple is reportedly on the hunt for premium television content on par with the quality we’re seeing from Netflix and Amazon to entice more people to subscribe to Apple Music.

Astropad Studio Turns Your iPad Pro into a Pro-level Mac Graphics Tablet

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Astropad Studio for the iPad Pro and Mac

Astropad is a cool app that lets you use your iPad as a full-on graphics tablet for your Mac, but may be a little limited for pro users looking for an alternative to Wacom’s Cintiq tablets. That’s not a problem any more thanks to today’s Astropad Studio launch.