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There’s an inactive one-handed keyboard hidden inside iOS code

In these days of big iPhones, smaller-handed individuals have trouble typing up a storm on their iOS devices. However, since iOS 8 (at least), Apple has toyed with an edge-swipe activated one-hand keyboard. To keep characters closer to your thumb, it squishes character keys and expands copy and paste buttons, keeping the word prediction rail above the keys. Alas, it still remains unfinished and inaccessible, hidden away in the iPhone’s Xcode.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith spotted the code inside Apple’s iOS simulator, noting that the code for it has likely existed for several years, even if it hasn’t surfaced in iPhones yet. Big Android phone makers like Samsung and LG have offered truncated and even floating keyboard windows after the companies moved into smartphones larger than four inches. Android’s native keyboard also has a one-handed option if you need it.

Troughton-Smith even released the code chunk for jail-breakers to make a reality… if you jailbreak your iPhone. And here it is in action, albeit steered with a mouse:

Video or it didn’t happen: (very hard to engage in the Simulator with a mouse cursor)

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) October 19, 2016

Via: Apple Insider

Source: Twitter (@stroughtonsmith)


Apple lawsuit reveals most chargers sold on Amazon are fake

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star LLC for manufacturing fake Apple chargers and cables and passing them off on Amazon as authentic goods. According to the details of the lawsuit posted by Patently Apple, Cupertino bought and tested over 100 Lightning cables and chargers marked “Fulfilled by Amazon” over the past nine months. The result? Around 90 percent of the chargers were fake. Now, we all know there’s an abundance of counterfeit Apple goods out there, but people tend to trust listings sold by Amazon itself. And in this case, Amazon clearly stated that the items were “original.” Check out one example below the fold to see what we mean.

When Apple got in touch with Amazon about the issue, the website told the former that it got most of its chargers from Mobile Star LLC. The iPhone-maker stressed that since counterfeit cables and chargers don’t go through consumer safety testing and could be poorly designed, they’re prone to overheating and catching fire. They might even electrocute users. Tim Cook and co. are now asking the court to issue an injunction against the defendant. They also want the court to order the seizure and destruction of all the fake chargers in addition to asking for damages.

As for Amazon, it told 9to5mac that it “has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on [its] site” and the the company “work[s] closely with manufacturers and brands, and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.”

[Image credit: Patently Apple]

Via: 9to5mac, ABC News

Source: Patently Apple


The Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $50 on an iPad Air 2

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends atThe Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot—some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB

Street price: $475; MSRP: $500; Deal price: $425

September’s Apple event brought with it news of lowered iPad pricing, at $425, this Best Buy deal is the lowest price we’ve found for the 128gb iPad Air 2, our pick for the best tablet. It’s available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray colors with free shipping.

Dan Frakes writes, “Though it hasn’t seen a significant update since late 2014, the iPad Air 2 (with 128 GB of storage, though 32 GB will be enough for some people) is still the best overall tablet for most people. Despite the recent release of two iPad Pro models and a big update to the iPad mini in late 2015, the Air 2 continues to provide the best combination of speed, features, screen size, ecosystem, and price.”

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Street price: $100; MSRP: $100; Deal price: $75

A new low on a great smart hub. It’s only $4 less than our previous deals, but since this sale also includes discounts on a variety of other Samsung SmartThings devices, you can build up your smart home at a nicely discounted price.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is our pick for the best smart hub. Jon Chase wrote, “The Samsung SmartThings Hub is a polished, powerful option for tech-savvy DIYers who have a desire for an integrated smart home but lack the budget for or interest in a professionally installed system. It’s easy to set up on your home network, and pairing it with other smart devices is largely seamless.”

He went on to say, “We did extensive research on hubs in general and the SmartThings hub in particular, and believe our experience is consistent with the reviews and findings of most other outlets: Namely, of all the hubs on the market, the Samsung SmartThings Hub is the most powerful and promising, but is best suited to devout tinkerers and those willing to spend a fair amount of time tweaking and refining their smart-home system.”

Refurbished Nikon D7200 DX DSLR w/ Lens Bundle

Street price: $1,250 (new); MSRP: $1,450 (new); Deal price: $850

We’ve featured this deal at this price before, and it’s still a great purchase. While we’ve seen the camera body alone for $80 less, this deal comes with 2 lenses (18-55mm and 55-200mm) that are good practice lenses, or at very least lenses that you can sell to recoup part of the cost of the bundle. Beach Camera is an authorized Nikon retailer, and Nikon is offering a 90 day warranty on the camera.

The Nikon D7200 is our pick for the best midrange DSLR. Amadou Diallo wrote, “The D7200 is considerably more expensive than a beginner DSLR—but the extra expense will buy you a 24-megapixel APS-C camera that takes clean, detailed photos at high ISOs, as well as a professional-grade autofocus system that works in near darkness. You also get dual SD card slots, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of storage space. After dozens of research hours poring over reviews and test results for 12 different cameras, and real-world shooting with the top contenders, we’ve determined that the Nikon D7200 is the one we would buy.”

Refurbished Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station

Street price: $180 (new); MSRP: $200 (new); Deal price: $100

At $100 refurbished, this is the lowest price we’ve seen on the Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station, which runs $200 new. This router is GeekSquad refurbished and includes a 90 day warranty. It includes free shipping.

The Apple Airport Extreme was highlighted as our also great pick for best wifi router (for most people), with the caveat that it was recommended only for all-Apple households. David Murphy writes, “The Apple AirPort Extreme is the easiest router to set up in an all-Apple household, but its performance at longer ranges doesn’t match that of our top pick, and it lacks features found in other, cheaper routers….Whether you’re using iOS or macOS, you can easily get started with Apple’s router and use it as your primary router or as a new access point in your Apple network. Basic features such as Time Machine backups and remote connections to USB storage (using Apple’s “Back to My Mac” feature) work great with Apple devices…”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The


Kanye: Apple and Tidal ‘bullshit’ caused Drake rift

Kanye West says that he and Jay Z didn’t appear on the final “Pop Style” track of Drake’s Apple Music exclusive Views album because of Apple’s rivalry with Tidal. “Y’all didn’t get, what y’all were supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bullshit,” he said in a Saint Pablo tour video spotted by The Fader (below). He added that Jay Z pulled his own vocal “out of respect to Meek Mill,” presumably over the infamous Mill and Drake Twitter tiff.

Kanye performed the song, which he co-wrote, explaining to the crowd that his vocal was supposed to be the only one on the track. “I start freestyling to it. Jay thought of a couple of lines. I said, ‘Just go ahead, throw that on there. [Drake will] be so surprised, he probably won’t expect you to be on there.’”

ye talking about Watch The Throne 2 & Apple/Tidal problems @TeamKanyeDaily #SAINTPABLO

— ike®☄ (@IkerLopez27) October 20, 2016

The track initially came out with Jay Z and Kanye (aka The Throne), but West said that Drake later balked. “We sent it back to him and he was like, ‘Oh shit, The Throne is on this shit.’ Then Jay thought about it, and out of respect to Meek Mill he didn’t want to be on the track,” said Kanye. He added that he wanted to “let people have this song” with all three artists, “but then it went into some political shit, some shit about percentages about a song.”

Kanye bears some of the blame for driving a wedge between Apple and Tidal, as he launched his Life of Pablo album as a Tidal exclusive. Lately, however, he’s been calling the race for exclusives a”dick-swinging contest,” and suggested a sit-down between the factions. Ideally Yeezy wants Apple to buy Tidal, but Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine recently said that’s not going to happen.

Via: The Fader

Source: @IkerLopez27 (Twitter)


Apple will finally update its Mac lineup on October 27th

It’s been a very, very long time since Apple has updated its Mac lineup — the new Macbook is the only computer that Apple has seen fit to upgrade in 2016. That should all change next week, though: We just received an invite to an event in Cupertino on Thursday, October 27th. With the yearly iPhone refresh in the rearview mirror and macOS Sierra out in the wild, it’s time — well past time, in fact — for some new Mac computers. The event’s tagline — “Hello again” — is a pretty clear nod to the Mac, which debuted with a big old “hello” on its screen way back in 1984.

Headlining the event should be a totally redesigned MacBook Pro, which has existed in its current form for a good four years now. Rumors point to a touch-capable OLED strip on the keyboard above the number row that can adapt to whatever app you’re using. Touch ID might be making its way to the Mac for the first time, as well. Of course, the computers will likely be thinner and lighter and will probably see many of the innovations Apple first rolled out in the MacBook in 2015. The butterfly keyboard mechanism, tiered battery design and reliance on USB-C all seem likely to come on board at this point. We’re hoping the MacBook Pro will be available in a variety of colors for the first time, too.

Beyond that, spec bumps for the iMac and MacBook Air seem like good bets, as does the inclusion of USB-C on those models as well. Looking beyond the Mac line, it’s also possible the iPad will get some love. The iPad Air 2, while still a very capable tablet, is now two years old. And the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is just about a year old and lags behind the smaller iPad Pro in a few key ways. It wouldn’t surprise us to see both of those devices get some updates.

Whatever Apple has to show off, we’ll be there live to bring you all the news as it happens when the event starts at 10AM PT.

Source: Apple


Automakers are beating Silicon Valley at its own game

When Google unveiled its self-driving car and rumors surfaced that Apple was also working on a car, it looked like the future of driving belonged to Silicon Valley. Turns out, automakers were up to the challenge, and the “hobbies” of tech giants are going to be left behind.

While Apple reportedly scales back its EV/autonomous car project, called Titan, and Google continues to send out monthly updates about how many times other drivers run into their vehicles, companies like Ford, GM, Audi, Mercedes, Honda, BMW and Tesla (the closest thing to a tech company that makes cars) have already introduced vehicles with semi-autonomous features. Research is great, but shipping a product is the end goal. Automakers are shipping.

Not only are the automakers actually putting vehicles on the road; they’re iterating faster than they used to. The accepted timetable from design to showroom for a new car has traditionally been five years. GM’s upcoming long-range EV, the Bolt, will go from concept to retail within about three years.

Meanwhile, Google has noted that it wants to partner with an automaker, while Apple is reportedly hoping to do the same thing. The big question is: Do the car companies need them?

Most automakers have established Silicon Valley offices to recruit the talent needed to build their own autonomous system. Plus, while Google and Apple are mum on the future of their side projects, carmakers are making very public plans. Currently GM has a huge investment in Lyft, and the pair are already testing that company’s system on San Francisco streets. Recently Ford said it’ll have ride-sharing autonomous vehicles on the road in five years. And Tesla has one of the best semi-autonomous systems on the road. Even ride-sharing juggernaut Uber seems to have bested Google and Apple by putting customers in its autonomous cars in Pittsburgh.

It’s commendable that large companies like Apple and Google want to make the streets of the world safer with autonomous vehicles. In fact, their movements into the space might have forced automakers to move quicker. But the reality is that building an autonomous car — actually, any car — is more difficult than producing a phone, computer or operating system. Also, a company needs to be willing to spend the money. In 2015, Google’s Moonshot division — which the car is part of — spent $3.6 billion on R&D. That sounds impressive until you realize that VW spent $15.3 billion that same year.

Building a car can’t be a hobby or a side project. It needs to be the focus of an entire company if it’s going to become a reality. Just ask Tesla — it took nine years before it had a vehicle people actually wanted.

The next stage of driving (or not driving, as the case may be) is exciting. But right now and for the foreseeable future, it’s going to be automakers, not tech giants, pushing the technology forward.


Tech giants outspend banks in US lobbying

It won’t shock you to hear that tech companies are trying to cozy up to politicians, but they may have more influence than you think. Bloomberg has determined that the five largest tech firms in the US (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft) spent more than twice as much on lobbying in 2015 as the five largest banks — $49 million versus $19.7 million. Facebook and Google argue that the money is necessary to both explain their operations and defend an open internet, but there are mounting concerns that they may have too much sway.

For instance, New America Foundation’s Barry Lynn warns that these companies are terrified of “competition policy” that could restrict their businesses, such as a repeat of the federal anti-monopoly case against Microsoft. Google may not have dismissed the FTC’s antitrust probe due to lobbying, but there is a concern that companies could have officials look the other way. And it’s safe to say that they’re not fond of measure that would force them to repatriate cash stored overseas and pay taxes.

At the same time, it may be difficult for the feds to completely reject tech industry overtures. The government needs to cooperate closely with these companies for everything from fighting terrorist propaganda to modernizing data. The future administration will likely have to walk a fine line between listening to what tech has to say and preventing it from dictating policies that hurt both your market choices and the country’s bottom line.

Source: Bloomberg


Apple could bring E Ink keyboards to MacBooks in 2018

You may have to wait a while if you want a Mac with an E Ink keyboard. Wall Street Journal tipsters understand that Apple wants to make Sonder’s e-paper keys a “standard feature” on MacBooks, but that it’s aiming for a 2018 launch. Don’t expect to see anything at that reported October 27th event, then. At least we’re getting a hint of the functionality. As you’d expect, E Ink would let your Mac use “any” alphabet, along with special characters and media editing shortcuts. You could write emoji more like you do on a smartphone (where you replace the keyboard with an emoji picker) instead of using a keyboard shortcut and wading through an on-screen dialog box.

None of the companies involved are commenting. However, Sonder had already acknowledged that talks had taken place. The technology would make sense, however. So long as Apple is still philosophically opposed to touchscreens on its computers, any input innovation will have to take place below the display. See those rumors of OLED touch strips on the next-generation MacBook Pro, for example. This isn’t going to make you happy if you prefer touch, but it might satisfy creative pros, emoji fans and anyone who has had to go without localized keyboards.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Apple reportedly unveils new Macs on October 27th

Even before Apple’s September event, rumors swirled that the company would save any Mac-related updates for an October presentation. As the month has gone on, however, fans have wondered whether or not or not anything would happen. Isn’t it a little late to send out press invitations? Supposedly, you can relax. Recode sources claim that Apple will introduce new Macs at an event on October 27th. This would be a smaller-scale affair than the iPhone 7 introduction (possibly held on Apple’s campus), but that doesn’t mean that it would be devoid of interesting products. If you believe the rumors, just the opposite is true.

While the leak doesn’t give any hints as to what you can expect, there have already been plenty of rumors. The headliner may be overhauled 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros that include OLED touch strips and fingerprint readers, but ditch conventional ports in favor of multiple USB-C connections. You could also see a stand-alone 5K display and refreshed MacBook Airs with USB-C. And of course, nearly every other computer in Apple’s lineup is due for an upgrade of some kind — you could see a slew of revisions, even if some of them never get mentioned on stage. The purported unveiling is just over a week away, so you won’t have long to find out whether or not the story is true.

Source: Recode


Clinton campaign considered Tim Cook and Bill Gates for VP

One of the nuggets of information to come from the Podesta emails leaked by Wikileaks is a correspondence that lists business and tech leaders as potential running mates for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. If you’re running against a business man, you might as well fight commerce with commerce.

CNN reports that on March 17th, Podesta sent an email filled with political figures and business leaders that were considered by top Clinton campaign staffers. In a odd choice of separating those individuals, Podesta organized the names into “food groups.”

One of those groups included Apple CEO, Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates. The email also contains GM CEO, Mary Barra and Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz. But in the end, Clinton decided to stick with a politician like herself and picked Tim Kaine killing our dreams of an iPhone in every pocket and an Apple car in every garage.

Source: CNN

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