We've been scanning the iOS version distribution data from Chitika since iOS 7 first launched in September, watching with amazement as the latest mobile operating system from Apple quickly pulled down almost 50 percent adoption within a month of release. Now Chitika has released findings for the end of 2013, showing that iOS 7 is now installed on close to 70 percent of all iOS devices, and that iOS 7 and iOS 6 combined account for about 90 percent of all North American iOS traffic.
By comparison -- and we always love to point out the Android OS fragmentation issue when we can -- the latest two versions of Android (KitKat and Jelly Bean) account for a little more than 55 percent of its installed base now. The absolute latest version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat? It's only grabbing 1.1 percent of the total for Android as of December 2.
Breaking down the numbers even further, it appears that a greater percentage of iPhones have made the iOS 7 plunge than iPads. For all iPhones, 74.1 percent are running iOS 7, with 22.4 percent operating on iOS 6. The numbers for iPads are lower, with iOS 7 achieving a 63.8 percent adoption rate and iOS 6 close behind at 24.6 percent. Chitika postulates that "the lower adoption rate of iOS 7 is likely at least partially due to features like AirDrop not coming to the iPad 2 or 3, minimizing the incentive for users of those devices to upgrade."Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
BearExtender today announced the availability of BearExtender Turbo ($79.97, special launch pricing on Amazon of $69.97), which is a high-speed USB Wi-Fi adapter for Mac that operates at up to 867 Mbps on the 5 Ghz 802.11ac band. While only 2013 model MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs come with built in 802.11ac support, the BearExtender Turbo makes it possible to give older Macs a way to take advantage of 802.11ac routers like the 2013 AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule.
The BearExtender Turbo plugs into a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port, and can work with Macs running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through 10.9 Mavericks. Roland Saekow of BearExtender noted that "BearExtender Turbo nearly triples the bandwidth available to earlier 802.11n equipped Macs, and doubles the speed for 2012 Mac models with 450 Mbps 802.11n." TUAW readers are reminded that their Internet speeds and bandwidth may be limited by their Internet service provider and not by their Wi-Fi network.
BearExtender Turbo equips older Macs with 802.11ac Wi-Fi originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
There's something new that you can add to the list of ridiculously priced Apple-themed items that you didn't win at auction: a 1978 legal agreement between Steve Jobs and Robert Friedland, creating a business partnership. The agreement, bearing the signatures of both men, sold for US$40,000 to Tristar Productions CEO Jeff Rosenberg.
Jobs and Friedland both attended Reed College together, and Jobs worked and lived at Friedland's communal farm and apple orchard near McMinville, Ore. The agreement outlines a partnership to "engage in the business of investments, including particularly but not being limited to real estate investments." Jobs was already somewhat wealthy at this point in the early history of Apple, so there is conjecture that the agreement may have been a way for Jobs to invest in his friend's venture.
What did Friedland go on to do? He became a mining tycoon, owns a Canadian mining company, lives in Singapore and has a net worth estimated at more than $1.3 billion.
Document signed by Steve Jobs, Robert Friedland earns $40K at auction originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Beyonce late on Thursday evening surprised fans when she released a completely new "visual album" available exclusively on iTunes. Self-titled Beyonce, the album features 14 brand-new tracks and features musical heavy hitters such as Drake, Frank Ocean, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and, naturally, Jay Z. Oddly enough, one of the songs even features Blue Ivy; you know, her almost 2-year-old daughter.
On top of that, the new "visual album," true to its name, features full-length videos for each song and comes with a digital booklet to boot.
The album description reads in part:
Adding a striking dimension to the music, the complementary videos unfold amid an international backdrop of New York, Paris, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.
The album runs for US$15.99 and, as it stands now, is only available for purchase in its entirety. Come December 20, however, fans will be able to purchase individual singles from iTunes.
Beyonce announced her new album via an Instagram video at around midnight EST.
As a quick aside, it's interesting that Beyonce, of all artists, took this all-or-nothing album approach given that her husband -- Jay Z -- a few years back refused to release his American Gangster album on iTunes because he didn't want it chopped up and available on a song-by-song basis. In a statement sent out at the time, Jay Z explained, "As movies are not sold scene by scene, this collection will not be sold as individual singles."
In any event, Billboard reporter Andrew Hampp speculates that the iTunes exclusivity period for Beyonce's new disc will last for about a week.
You can preview and purchase the album on iTunes over here.
Beyonce surprise releases new album, available exclusively via iTunes originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Daily Deals for December 13, 2013, featuring the MacStand Bundle originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
When Adobe decided to move to a subscription-based model for most of its professional software offerings, it caused quite a bit of frustration, anger and debate among its users and those in the technology industry. Many questioned whether a new recurring subscription software model à la Creative Cloud could work, especially when those who use software professionally for business are typically used to paying a one-off fee for a software package and then being able to use it for as many years as they wanted. But if Adobe's year-end numbers are any indication, the changing software pricing paradigm isn't going to stop many users from adopting a new pricing model.
In Adobe's fiscal year 2013, which just ended, Creative Cloud subscriptions grew by a whopping 1.1 million, bringing the total to 1.4 million paid Creative Cloud subscribers for 2013. But the numbers weren't only good for Adobe. The recurring revenue stream the company gets through its Creative Cloud Subscriptions enables Adobe to push out more significant updates to its Creative Cloud software throughout the year. Previously, these updates would be reserved for new software packages and only available through upgrade pricing. This year, Adobe delivered more than 500 new and enhanced features to its Creative Cloud apps.
Is the subscription-based software-pricing model here to stay? It's hard to say. It may be more popular among professionals than with consumers, who typically are only willing to pay much cheaper prices for scaled-down apps. It would be hard to believe, for example, that a user would be willing to pay, say, US$1.99 per month for a Pixelmator subscription instead of just buying the app for $30. Still, the Adobe news is good news for companies who are looking to increase revenue and add value to larger professional software packages.
Adobe announces 1.4 million paid Creative Cloud subscribers for 2013 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple has released an update to its Remote app for iOS that adds support for controlling iTunes Radio stations on both Macs and PCs. Remote was last updated in November with an iOS 7-style design, but many fans of Apple's new iTunes Radio service lamented the fact that the app, which runs on both iPhones and iPads, could not control iTunes Radio. With today's update, Apple has remedied that.
Users can now browse iTunes Radio on iTunes on their Mac or PC in Remote by tapping on the Radio button after selecting your computer. Remote displays both featured stations and "My Stations" -- the stations a user has personalized or subscribed to.
Remote is a free download.
Remote iOS app adds iTunes Radio control on Mac and PC originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The official Twitter client for Mac has had a bumpy life since its launch in the Mac App Store over three years ago. The app was one of the first the Mac App Store had to offer, but then it seemed to languish for two years and Twitter eventually said it would no longer be updated. That caused quite a bit of anger from fans and eventually Twitter pushed out a small update in April of this year to add Retina support for the app.
Now it seems Twitter is back on task as version 3.0 is available with a complete design refresh and several photo-centric enhancements, including the ability to view user profile header photos and also view photos in line in your timeline. Here's the full rundown of all the new goodies:
What's New in Version 3.0.0
This release comes with a number of enhancements and changes.
More visual and engaging timelines
o. Previews of Twitter photos will be front and center in Tweets. To see more of the photo, just click. If you want to disable previews, just go to preferences and uncheck "image previews."
Get more from Tweets
o. Check out the tweet detail pane to see the conversation around a tweet as well as favorite and retweet counts.
o. Profiles now show header photos to display the unique personality of every user. Learn more about them by seeing who they follow and are followed by, their lists, and their custom timelines.
o. We've refreshed the overall look and feel of the app.
Twitter for Mac is a free download from the Mac App Store.
Twitter for Mac gets design makeover, new photo features, more originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
BBC has updated its wildly poplar BBC Sport app to finally add iPad support. BBC Sport for iOS originally launched way back in the first week of January, 2013. The app quickly went to the top of the UK app store charts but many lamented the fact that it did not natively support the iPad. With BBC Sport version 1.4.2 released yesterday, now it does.
BBC Sport allows users to watch live matches of sporting events and catch up with video-on-demand highlights as well as listen to Live streams of BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra while you browse the app. The app features dedicated indexes for numerous sports, including football, Formula 1 and cricket as well as special sections with news and video for UK nations and global events including the 2014 World Cup, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
BBC Sport is a free download.
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I've been using Localscope (US$2.99) since its debut. Localscope is a discovery app that gets data from 20 different sources to show what is around you with useful background information.
The overhaul for iOS 7 looks very nice, with new colors and transparency. Controls disappear in context to what you are doing, so everything is very clean.
I tried the app this morning while sitting at the St. Louis airport waiting for a flight. Immediately, a map popped up showing my location, and there were guides to the closest restaurants and other facilities the airport offered. There were even Wikipedia links to more general information about the airport.
If you arrive at a place you are not familiar with, Localscope gives you a quick briefing with local knowledge in one place. There's information from Google, Facebook and Yelp, as well as photos from Instagram and Flickr that can illustrate your immediate surroundings. There are also 2D and 3D maps.
To me, some of that info is noise, and the app lets you turn off the feeds you don't want to see. I particularly didn't need to see Instagram and Flickr photos. They take up too much screen real estate.
Although the app has added a lot more information, it is actually easier to use than previous versions. That's largely due to the GUI changes. A few things are lost in this release. YouTube links are gone until some API issues get sorted out, and Qype has been acquired by Yelp, so results are merged.
The timing of the release is great, with holiday travel on tap for many of us. You have a great local guide in your pocket, and it should be in every traveler's collection of apps.
Localscope for iOS gets a solid update just in time for your holiday travel originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Day 3: An iPhone fan
You know those cheap little fans with the foam blades that you can buy in the gift shop of the zoo? They work OK, but when you're slogging through the elephant exhibit with the midsummer sun baking your neck, it's hard to really feel like your investment was worth it. This iPhone accessory is a bit like that, only it's much more compact and it runs off of your iPhone's battery.
Is it practical? Not really, no. It's not something you'd leave plugged in when you're not using it, and unless you want to get strange stares from people at the park, it's not something you'd probably use in public anyway. Still, it's less than US$10, and although there's no iPhone 5 version, the weird little gadget will still move a bit of breeze for anyone with an iPhone 4s or earlier.
If you have a loved one who is perpetually too-warm-to-stop-talking-about-how-warm-they-are, it could be a nice stocking stuffer. Or maybe you could attack them with it. Don't worry, those foam blades couldn't hurt a fly anyway.
The 12 Days of iMas, Day 4: You'll be a fan of this accessory originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Social networks used to be a way to organize and keep track of your friends and collegues, but with the number of different digital personas most of us now have it just might be time for a network to keep track of our networks. At least that's what Atmospheir is betting on, with its über address book debuted which debuted on the App Store today.
The idea here is that you create a single Atmospheir ID that then manages all of your contacts -- yes, all of them. Friend, coworker or relative, if they have even one of 22 different social network accounts they can find a place in your Atmospheir network. When you meet someone, giving them your Atmospheir ID is essentially like giving them all your social network handles at once, which is extremely convenient if (and since the app just launched, this is a big "if") you both actually have Atmospheir accounts set up.
Atmospheir also has a handy "Introductions" feature where the app keeps tabs on how you met each new contact. This seems like it would be super slick for those awkward moments where someone pings you on Twitter or Facebook and you have no idea if you know them or how.
There's also a built-in messaging feature where you can either send pre-made messages like "Call me" or create a custom correspondence. This isn't emphasized much, though, as the app's clear purpose is to help you manage your networks, not replace them.
At the moment I can't really offer much in the way of opinion regarding Atmospheir due to the fact that it's an app with a very specific purpose and, well, I just haven't had a chance for it to prove its usefulness to me... yet. As someone who loathes the practice of handing out and collecting business cards, the app seems like the ultimate solution to a stack of tiny pieces of cardboard that I don't want in my pocket, but its ultimate usefulness will depend on its adoption rate.
The good news here is that getting an Atmospheir account started is just about as easy as it gets: Launch the app, sign in with either email or Facebook, add whatever social networks or other contact information you want to be shared, and it's done. The app is free, so there's no reason not to go ahead and give it a try, and if you happen to run into someone with their own ID ready to go, it's sure to be a painless process, sans cardboard.
Atmospheir launches its bid to make business cards obsolete originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A new research note from Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley reveals that the iPhone 5s is the top-selling smartphone across all carriers in the U.S. Not to be outdone, the iPhone 5c, despite what you may have read to the contrary, is also selling quite briskly. The colorful offshoot of the iPhone 5 currently ranks third on the list of most popular smartphone models across U.S. carriers.
Before the iPhone 5s and 5c's release, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony, and Motorola all had handsets enjoying top-three sales at at least one of America's big four carriers. Apple's September announcement pushed all but Samsung out of the picture and relegated the South Korean conglomerate's Galaxy S4 to the runner-up position across the board.
Particularly impressive is that the iPhone 5s, according to Canaccord Genuity's research, has been the top selling smartphone at every U.S. based carrier going all the way back to September. This is notable insofar as it shows that sales of the iPhone 5s have remained robust even in the face of supply shortages which have now been all but eliminated. Earlier this week we reported that iPhone 5s availability across all carriers/colors/capacities checked in at close to 100% at most Apple retail stores.
iPhone 5s is the top selling smartphone at every U.S. carrier originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
In this year's edition career community site Glassdoor's "50 Best Places to Work" list, Apple came in at number 35 overall and number 16 of tech companies, a one-position drop from last year's rankings. Like any large company, there are plenty of reasons why current employees and contractors downgrade Apple's overall rating, ranging from having too many meetings to long hours around product launches, but things like that aren't likely to change overnight. However, we've come up with a list of 10 things Tim Cook could implement to raise the company's ranking by the time next year's ratings are published. Let's get to it!
- Hold an employee lottery where the winner gets to have Jony Ive narrate their life for a day.
- Offer each new employee a lifetime supply of actual apples.
- Have Tim Cook follow every Apple employee on Twitter, because I'm pretty sure that makes you an instant celebrity.
- Install a go-kart track that spans the entire roof of Apple's new "spaceship" campus.
- Give all employees every new iPhone two weeks before the rest of us, and encourage them to rub it in.
- Let employees order useless products from Amazon PrimeAir (if it ever actually launches) and set up a paintball shooting range where the drones land.
- Dig a bunch of Apple Bandai Pippins out of the storage room and give them away to new hires.
- Have ex-BlackBerry employees come in to give motivational speeches tell their horror stories.
- Put a live webcam feed on every desktop monitor showing the inside of a Foxconn factory, so Cupertino workers know how good they have it.
- Encourage employees to team up and teepee Google's headquarters every time a new Android device that doesn't support the latest version of Android is launched.*
*This may lead to a state-wide toilet paper shortage in California.
Apple is the 16th best tech firm to work for, but here's how it could be number one originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
For you LEGO and Star Wars fans, we offer some great news! As of today, you can download LEGO(R) Star Wars[TM]: The Complete Saga from the iTunes App store. The game offers 36 story modes with over 120 playable characters. You can even choose the dark or light side characters, but Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Boba Fett must be unlocked to use. There is also unlockable special bonus content, such as Bounty Hunter missions and Arcade levels.
LEGO(R) Star Wars[TM]: The Complete Saga also lets you create new character combinations, such as Lando Amidala. Your game play is enhanced with switchable "Classic" and "Touch Screen" controls, so that you can play in the most comfortable mode on each device.
Episode I (The Phantom Menace) is free, but the Episodes II through VI come at a price. The Complete Saga is US$14.99 and individual episodes and characters range from $.99 to $4.99. The game is compatible with iOS 6 or later and the iPhone 4 and up, the iPad and iPod touch.
We recommend you download Episode I to your computer and sync it to your iOS device because the direct to iPhone or iPad version is a whopping 1.44 GB, while the synced version uses less space and weigh in at only 735 MB.
The Complete Saga had a 9+ rating. According to Apple's Application Ratings, this means it may not be suitable for children under 9 due to "infrequent occurrences of cartoon, fantasy, or realistic violence... or mild mature, suggestive, or horror-themed content."
Users who have jumped on this purchase are generally thrilled with game play, but not the individual episode pricing.
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The allure of Bitcoin is understandable. In the past the digital currency's pice has fluctuated wildly, growing in value at an incredible rate. What does a Bitcoin currently cost? It changes by the hour. And outside of buying them at market rates the only way to get Bitcoins is a complicated mining process. As with any gold rush there are always suckers to be found, and the pranksters at 4chan are always ready to mess with them.
Today the denizens of 4chan's infamous /b/ board, an anarchist playground for horrific images and incredibly cruel jokes, released the image you see above. It purports to tell users how to unlock a secret Bitcoin mining program in the Mac OS. Instead it directs them to delete essential files on their computer, effectively killing the machine. 4chan is in no way safe for work, so take that into consideration before google searching the site.
The Daily Dot was able to find a few users who were dumb enough to try unsolicited secret money making information they found on the internet. So here's our helpful three-step guide for not getting tricked into bricking your own computer.
1. When you discover something online that's too good to be true, stop and think before acting.
2. Don't worry about thinking with your gut. Do a Google search and see if a reputable source has replicated the results. If not, leave well enough alone unless it's a neat lifehack for crisping potatoes.
3. If the original source of information was an infographic you saw online and it's not just a neat lifehack for crisping potatoes, skip step 2 and simply don't take the advice.
Stay safe out there.
Dear wannabe Bitcoin miners: If it seems to good to be true, it's probably 4Chan originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Oftentimes, older video games are looked upon with rose-colored glasses thanks to the magic, memory-altering powers of nostalgia. I was a bit worried that today's release of the PlayStation 2 classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas -- which, upon its release in 2004, quickly became one of the most popular games of all time -- wouldn't be quite as fantastic as history would have us believe. Fortunately, that's not at all the case.
Like the rest of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, San Andreas is set in a fictional region modeled heavily after real-life counterparts. In this case, you'll be exploring various cities and suburbs drawn from the cultural memory of early '90s Southern California and Las Vegas. The story is long and winding, touching on everything from gang rivalries and police corruption to the street car-tuning scene.
Just like in the original console release, there's really nothing you can't do within the confines of the game's setting. Want to grab a burger, hit the gym, start a police chase or simply take a scenic drive? Go for it. San Andreas is yours to explore, and it looks fantastic on a Retina display.
The game is compatible with iPhones starting with the 4s, and tablets starting with the iPad 2, so there's a chance you may not be playing this on a Retina device. But if you are, you're in for a treat. The buildings, vehicles, foliage and just about everything else look quite good and remarkably sharp. Unfortunately, the character models -- which, keep in mind, were designed for the PlayStation 2 -- can appear a bit awkward at times, and this is only magnified by the HD resolution we are now treated to. This isn't anywhere close to being a deal breaker, but you may occasionally get a laugh out of a strange gait or goofy facial expression.
Music is another high point, with classic '90s tunes filling the fictional radio stations. There are almost too many songs to even keep track of, but if, for some reason, you want to listen to your own tunes, you can do that as well through the game's custom playlist feature.
San Andreas offers a few different control options, including virtual analog sticks, virtual digital buttons and so on. The game also features MFi controller support for devices like the Logitech PowerShell and MOGA Ace, though I haven't yet been able to test this feature (we'll be running some comparisons soon, so stay tuned). The virtual analog method feels the most comfortable of the options available, and with a little practice, it's easy to replicate the feeling of using a proper gamepad.
Whether you're a seasoned GTA veteran or you've never touched the franchise before, GTA San Andreas is the perfect place to start, and it's practically flawless on iOS. The game is US$6.99, which is a bargain considering you could play the game for well upwards of 50 hours.
Daily iPhone App: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is just as fantastic as you remember originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It's the time of year where gifts are given away with selfless glee, improving the lives of others without asking for anything in return. Instapaper is getting in the holiday spirit by making its wonderful webclipper app free for download in the iTunes store. The app normally retails for around $3. There's no word yet on exactly how long the app will be free so don't dilly-dally. Get to downloading now.
Instapaper is one of the most efficient clipping apps for iOS, allowing users to quickly save and store articles from the web on their iPhone or iPad for later reading offline. Saved articles are stored as text-only documents, stripped of their full web layouts and optimized for reading on your iOS device. You can save up to 500 articles on your iPhone or iPad, and keep unlimited articles on the Instapaper website.
So get to clipping before the app costs money again and this sale becomes just a distant memory in someone else's clip folder. You can find Instapaper in the iTunes store.
Happy Holidays, Instapaper is currently free to download! originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Version 1.3 of IFTTT adds a new iOS location channel that you can use in any recipe. This location feature allows you to setup a geographic fence that'll trigger an action when you enter an area, exit an area or do both.
Besides a standalone channel, Location is also pre-built into existing channels like Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter. This allows you to send out a message when you take a new Instagram photo in a particular area, for example.
The updated version of IFTTT is available now in the iOS App Store. I've already created a few location-based recipes, and love the feature.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments