Netflix subscribers can enjoy a brand new interface thanks to a refresh of the universal iOS app. iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users running iOS 6.0 or later can install version 6.0 of Netflix free of charge. In addition to bug fixes, the update includes a redesigned icon for iOS 7.
Faster startup for video playback is one of the improvements listed by Netflix under the app description in iTunes. Netflix members can instantly watch thousands of shows and movies from anywhere with connectivity on their iOS devices.
CORRECTION: The Amazon Fire Phone is available for pre-order. It will begin shipping on July 25, 2014.
If you can't get enough shopping done on Amazon.com then the Fire Phone is perfect for you. Amazon's first smartphone ships with "Firefly", a built-in feature that can identify DVDs, books, QR codes, CDs, bar codes and more. That's right, Amazon Fire Phone users can use their device's camera to snap pictures of anything, and Firefly will take them to Amazon.com so they can buy it. The phone is also able to identify songs by using the device's built-in microphone, much like the Shazam song identification feature coming to Siri in iOS 8.
The Amazon Fire Phone sports a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass HD display, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. The phone is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Other features include dual speakers, Dolby Digital Plus support, 24 hour live support through Amazon's Mayday service and a 3D interface with head-tracking technology called "Dynamic Perspective."
Since the iPhone 6 was first announced, mockups and purported photos of prototypes and cases have been popping up on a weekly basis. As the launch date nears, many of the rumored details and specs are becoming more certain and recent mockups reflect them. Two of the latest images come from Japanese site weekly.ascii.jp and Korean site Seeko.
The photos from both sites show what appears to be the standard 4.7" model iPhone 6 (the iPhone 5 is 4"). They show a slimmer handset, which aligns with rumors that the iPhone 6 will be somewhere between 6.5 and 7.0 mm thick, as opposed to the current iPhone, which is 7.6 mm thick. They also show a slightly
A few weeks have passed since Apple's iOS 8 preview giving developers plenty of time to dig around and discover new features in the beta. Several sources have found a "Recently Deleted” album in the Camera app. The folder allows users to access their deleted photos and recover images or videos they accidentally deleted.
The ability to hide individual photos was also previously discovered in the Photos app. Users can now tap and hold a thumbnail or image to bring up the "Hide Photo" option. So far you can only keep images hidden from the Moments, Collections and Years albums.
AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple to Start In-House Market Team, Senate Considers Tax Break and More
Due to criticism of its recent lack of innovativeness in marketing, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has decided to start its own marketing division. The company has already hired a lot of talent recently, including Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts and branding agency Wolff Olins CEO Karl Heiselman among others, all of whom could prove valuable to a marketing team. For now, the in-house team will compete with long time marketing partner TBWA/Media Arts Lab.
Following the stock split, investment bank RBC Capital Markets last week raised its price target to $100 per share, which puts it near the company's all time high of $100.30. This is up from its previous price target of $96.
Coin Pocket has become the first Bitcoin wallet to re-join the App Store, after Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines to allow virtual currency apps that are in "compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories" in which they function. Other apps such as eGifter are also taking advantage of Apple's new virtual currency policy by now accepting Bitcoin payments.
Coin Pocket is a standalone wallet app that allows users to send and receive Bitcoins. Users can also collect and encrypt private keys within the app. Coin Wallet is free to download and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 7.1 or later.
This past week Amazon launched its own subscription music service - Prime Music, which is available to anyone with an Amazon Prime membership. The library contains over a million songs, which is smaller than Pandora and Spotify's libraries, but it is ad-free. iOS users can download the Amazon Music app to download songs.
On Tuesday, iTunes radio added ESPN Radio to its station list.
Although it wasn't demonstrated at this year's WWDC, code for split-screen multitasking on the iPad was found by developer Steven Troughton-Smith that lets apps run side by side at 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 size. It has long been rumored that this
This week's big App Store news was all about Apple reportedly rejecting games that rewards users for video views and social sharing. Apple is also rumored to be cracking down on fake rankings to clean up the App Store before it receives its big iOS 8 overhaul later this year. In other news, ESPN became the first sports provider for iTunes Radio, and Skype's iOS app received a huge redesign.
Here are this week's most noteworthy games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia for 06/08/14 to 06/14/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is ReadQuick. This app will be free on the App Store until 06/19/14.
Created in just 48 hours, (R)evolve proves that sometimes the most simple and free iOS games can be the most addicting. The new game from the developers behind the hit PC title Worms, involves an upstart alien planet trying to grow life. Players must protect the evolving plants and creatures by spinning them away from waves of deadly meteorites bombarding their planet.
The goal and controls of (R)evolve are simple, just use your thumbs to spin the planet left or right so the meteorites don't crush its inhabitants. After each wave the citizens of the planet will evolve and start creating defenses, such as canons, to save themselves from being destroyed. (R)evolve is one of those simple but frustrating games, like Flappy Bird, that will keep you coming back for more and more.
This past week you may have received a notification from Facebook alerting you that the company is "making ads better and giving you more control". This is part of Facebook's plan to start pushing more targeted ads to your news feed based on your browsing habits. Even though Facebook is allowing users to add and remove certain ads from their news feed, some people do not like the idea of the company tracking their web surfing history.
UPDATE: Facebook has informed us they will "not share browsing history with advertisers and won’t do so even with these new changes. Facebook will include info from website and apps to inform targeting on Facebook. But no information is shared with advertisers."
Here's how to limit targeted ads on your iOS device and Facebook news feed:
On your iPhone navigate to Settings > Privacy > Advertising and tap the "Limit Ad Tracking" slider so it turns green.
On your Mac or PC you can use the standard Digital Advertising Alliance form to opt out of receiving interest-based advertising from participating companies.