The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new Apple patent application on Thursday describing a system for controlling your smart home from a single device that can learn new functions. The patent sounds a lot like an iPhone with HomeKit, which is no coincidence at all.
Bryan Chaffin would like to like to take a moment to note that at a combined US$38.8 billion in profit, both companies add up to less than Apple’s $45.7 billion.
Man, kids today get all the cool toys! Check out the Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder by Radio Flyer. I mean, it looks like Luke’s landspeeder, and it actually goes. It GOES! It’s an electric car, for goodness’s sake! For kids! The gear shift switches between 2mph forward, 5mph forward, or 2mph reverse, and it holds one or two kids with a combined max weight of 130 lbs. The company described the dashboard as “interactive,” too. How fun! Oh, and pricey for a kid’s toy. It’s $499.99, and available in the U.S. More countries are coming.
If you haven’t installed the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch yet, hop to it because it including a fix for the BroadPwn Wi-Fi security vulnerability.
It’s amazing what the cameras in our iPhones are capable of.
Apple’s Clips app got an update today, with posters and overlays from Disney and Pixar featuring characters from Toy Story and Inside Out.
Jeff Butts and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their favorite iPhone, iPad, and Mac third party app alternatives for Apple’s Mail, Calendar, and Reminders apps.
When Apple bought AuthenTec John Stimpson learned the hard way that insider trading is a really bad idea.
It’s the last chance to Pay What You Want for The World’s Biggest Mac App Bundle. The full bundle is 15 apps, and you can get all of them if you beat the average price ($13.01 as of this writing). Pay less than the average—even a penny—and you get two of the apps. Beat the leader’s price at any point and you’ll be entered into the a giveaway. Check it out!
John Gruber penned a piece at Daring Fireball with this premise: iOS is so good at managing background apps that you never need to force quit them. He is 100% correct that this is true about iOS and most apps. Unfortunately, as with most general advice, there are exceptions. We’ll show you how to find them.
Just like the Mac, the iPhone and iPad have a Print Center where you can see and cancel what you’re printing—if you know where to look.
At last. Another new messaging service. Maybe. And why?
In episode 420, Bryan and Jeff discuss whether or not Amazon was high when it came up with Amazon Pay Places. They also discuss Atari Flashback 8 Gold, the new Atari retro gaming box, as well as Apple’s new emojis.
You don’t even need to download anything.
Zachary and Kelly Weiner are the brilliant minds behind The Holy Bible Abridged Beyond the Point of Usefulness, and now they’re back with a new book: Science Abridged Beyond the Point of Usefulness. The book explains every scientific field with only a couple sentences each, and it’s awesomely funny as well as spot-on accurate. It’s a Kickstarter project that’s already reached funding, but there are still a few hours left to sign up for your copy. Some pledge levels include the new book Soonish and their abridged Bible book, too—and they’ll even sign your copies.
Ten more cable service providers just came on board for iOS 10’s Single Sign-on feature for the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad.
This update includes new content in the form of three new drummers, as well as several new features.
Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has a cranky open rant to folks who forward easily-debunked Internet stories.
Right now Amazon Pay Places is only available at TGI Friday’s in certain locations, and Amazon hasn’t said when it will roll out to more locations and with more partners.
Along with iOS 10.3.3, Apple released watchOS 3.2.3 on Wednesday for the original Apple Watch, along with Apple Watch Series 1 and 2.