This one is for those who think it’s never too early to starting counting down the days to Christmas. Developer Johnny Ixe, developer of the incredibly useful DataMan apps, brings us “SNOWidget.”
Apple is planning to make some holiday related changes in its retail stores, changing the colors of their store gift cards, and rolling out red holiday t-shirts for the employees.
“So easy, a child can do it!” That phrase apparently applies to one 5-year-old boy in particular. While most kids that age are building stuff from LEGOs, one little boy is building his own home network, and passing an exam to become the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional ever.
Alongside an iOS 8.1.1 update for iOS users, Apple also showed Mac users some update love today, releasing OS X Yosemite 10.10.1. The update is designed to improve Wi-Fi performance, and also includes fixes for Mail and Microsoft Exchange users.
Apple has released an update to iOS 8, version 8.1.1. The release is said to include “bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.
Apple’s alliance with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba may help them avoid regulatory delays in China while they work to bring their Apple Pay mobile payment solution to the Chinese market.
A new report says Apple frenemy Samsung will be producing the lion’s share of Apple’s A-Series custom processors used in the company’s popular iOS devices, beginning in 2015.
Microsoft has put a holiday spin on its most recent MacBook Air-bashing Surface Pro 3 television ad. The ad’s jingle, set to the tune of “Winter Wonderland,” points out the Surface Pro 3’s “superior” features, and winds up with the MacBook Air user asking, “Seriously, where can I get one?”
Tech companies Apple, Facebook, Google and other high profile firms are lobbying Congress to pass a new bill that attempts to limit NSA spying on email and other electronic communications of their users. A Bloomberg report says the groups are “pushing the Senate to pass legislation limiting National Security Agency spying before the Republican majority takes control of the chamber.”
Apple has announced that it will finally be allowing its Chinese customers to use their China UnionPay debit and credit cards in the company’s App Store.
Retailers who are offering Apple Pay as a payment option to their customers report the service is piquing interest in mobile electronic payments, as usage numbers indicate substantially higher adoption rates than previous payment rollouts.
Aaron Sorkin has shared a few more details about the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. During an interview with The Independent, Sorkin said that while there hasn’t been any official word on who will play the lead role, there will be an announcement very soon.
Apple has seeded Xcode 6.1.1 GM (build 6A2006) to developers. The Golden Master release indicates a public release will likely be soon to follow.
The Apple Pay train keeps on rolling, with grocery chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO now accepting Apple Pay in their stores. Office supplies superstore Staples began accepting Apple Pay in its bricks-and-mortar stores earlier this week.
Sony is about to make its first real push into the streaming television arena with PlayStation Vue, a new service that will bring streaming video and other content to its PlayStation gaming consoles, and other devices, such as the iPad.
A report from The Wall Street Journal alleges the United Stated Department of Justice has been using fake cell towers installed in airplanes to gather mobile phone data in order to track criminals. The program is reported to have been operating since 2007, using Cessna airplanes operating out of various metropolitan-area airports.