Google on Tuesday announced that its Maps app for iOS was updated with more accurate transit data for several cities in the United States (Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle), the United Kingdom, Hungary and the Netherlands. The app now delivers live arrival information for buses, metros and subway systems in these new cities, and it also notifies users about canceled routes and helps them select other options. The update will happen automatically for those who already have Google Maps installed on their device. New users can download the app for free on the App Store.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares opened last week on Tuesday $132.60 and promptly fell below the $130 mark, closing the day at $129.62. Their value recovered and then some on Tuesday, surging to $132.04. The share price dropped off over the next two days closing the week at $130.28.
Several rumors regarding the iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7?) emerged last week. The next generation iPhone will reportedly upgrade the camera with a 12 megapixel Sony sensor that will employ RGBW technology (which adds a white subpixel to the traditional red, green and blue subpixels) to improve low-light photography. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have 8 megapixel cameras.
Only one quick note before we get to this week's new releases, the award winning photo editing app, Pixelmator, is now available for the iPhone. The app has also been updated with a ton of new features, improvements and bug fixes, and the update is free for previous owners.
Apple has acknowledged the recently discovered bug that crashes a users iPhone, and has published this solution until a software update to fix the problem can be released. The Unicode of Death (also known as Effective Power) happens when one iPhone user crashes another person's iPhone by sending a text message containing a specific series of unicode characters. The unicode characters basically overwhelm your iPhone’s memory causing your device to respring over and over.
Dr. Lord Evilstein is back and he has moved his evil lair to the moon in Castle Doombad version 2.0. Adult Swim has updated its popular tower defense game with an all new "Space Madness" chapter. The update adds 15 new levels, 4 new traps, a save option in Endless Mode and iCloud support.
Speaking with Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference today, Apple's chief of operations Jeff Williams revealed that third party developers will soon be able to write native apps for the Apple Watch. Currently, third party apps live on the iPhone and are customized so that a tethered Apple Watch can access them, but that will all soon change.
Apple has released an update to its official Lightning dock, making the accessory fully compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 5, 5s and 5c owners as well as those with an iPod touch sporting a Lightning connector can also join in the fun. Much like previous designs the iPhone sits upright when docked, and can be docked with Apple-designed cases installed.
In case you missed last week's media event, Spotify announced a long list of new features. These additions to the mobile music service are now rolling out to users, offering what the company describes as the "most entertaining Spotify ever". 25 billion hours of listening data collected over the past seven years means Spotify can recommend playlists based on any time of day or activity.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares topped $130 by last Monday's closing bell, and stayed there for the rest of the week. The price has broken $130 before, reaching a high of $134.54 just a few weeks ago on April 28th. This is the longest stretch that it has remained above $130 so far. Stocks opened Monday at $128.38 a share and closed Friday at $132.54.