Apple has announced that it will be accepting donations through the iTunes Store on behalf of City of Hope in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The company has added a new page on its iTunes Store giving users the option to donate to a non-profit charity dealing with medical research and treatment for cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. The organization runs a hospital in Duarte, Calif., as well as community clinics in Southern California and is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Users can visit the page via the desktop iTunes Store and the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, with options for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 donations available.
Apple has previously collected donations on behalf of organizations such as the Red Cross following catastrophic events. The Cupertino company has previously used the iTunes donations system to aid victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in 2012 and Superstorm Sandy that same year. The iPhone manufacturer also accepted donations for Japan’s earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2011, as well as earthquakes that hit Haiti in 2010.
This year, the company will send 100% of each donation to City of Hope. There are currently 800 million iTunes accounts, meaning a lot of customers can participate in the donation program.
If you are interested in giving, you can visit the dedicated iTunes donations page.
According to the WSJ Microsoft confirmed the company’s plans to open its first flagship store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away from Apple’s glass-cubed flagship store.
David Porter, Microsoft retail stores vice president announced:
“As our first flagship store, it will serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience. This is a goal we’ve had since day one—we were only waiting for the right location. And now we have it.”
The first store of Microsoft was opened in 2009, eight years after Apple had inaugurated its first retail store in McLean, Virginia.
Now Microsoft has 104 stores in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, where laptops, smartphones, Surface tablets, Xbox consoles and accessories are available for sale.
The new store will appear at 677 Fifth Avenue, at the building, Fendi used to locate in.
Microsoft obviously intends to sell a few Surface tablets to cover $1.7B the company spent on the device. There is even ads attacking iPad, iPad mini and MacBook Air.
A number of iPhone 6 Plus owners reported accidental bending of their handsets while in the front pocket. iPhone 6 users tweeted that while the smartphones remained operational, slight bends formed generally in the middle or the top of the device. Additionally, there is a video on YouTube showing the iPhone 6 Plus bending using just fingers. The problem, called ‘bend gate’ by some social media sites, is due to the smartphone‘s thinner aluminium exterior.
Following customer complaints, Apple has promised to replace faulty iPhone 6 handsets in an Apple Store. According to the company’s representative, bent iPhones will be replaced, as long as the handsets passes a visual inspection. The employee said, that the Genius, which is an Apple support employee working in stores around the world, would carry out a test known as a Visual Mechanical Inspection, and if the damage was within the guidelines, Apple would be able to provide a user with a new device. If it isn’t within the guidelines, the replacement will be a paid one.
Apple announced on Monday it sold over 10 million of its ‘bigger than bigger’ model, creating a new record since it launched three days after the launch on Friday.
iPhone 6 Plus is not the first device suffering bending. The same issue has been seen in prior versions of the iPhone, including the iPhone 5 and 5s.
In addition to Apple’s products, Samsung‘s devices were found to bend under pressure, as did Sony’s Xperia Z1. The LG G Flex and the Samsung Round were specifically designed to have a curved frame.
Apple on Monday debuted two brand new ads called “Huge” and “Cameras”, starring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The both ads focus on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both smartphones.
The first ad, dubbed “Huge”, has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new devices are. While Fallon points out “huge” new features like the Health app, Timberlake constantly emphasizes that the new iPhones are “so huge.”
The second ad, “Cameras”, features the duo talking about Apple’s new iPhone camera capabilities, including slow-mo, time lapse photos and image stabilization for video while using their voices to vocally represent what each app does. While there are a few advanced camera functions in iOS 8, such as Photos integration, hardware-based functions like 240fps slow-motion video capture is available only with the iPhone 6 lineup.
Fallon and Timberlake do a great job of focusing on the devices and their features. The ads are the third and fourth in a new series of ads featuring Fallon and Timberlake. Apple’s first two iPhone 6 ads with the duo focused on the smartphones’ ability to track health stats and a quick run through of new features.
Apple released a renovated version of iMovie for iOS (version 2.1) today. The app will be supported on new iOS 8.
The update consists from 10 new Apple-designed filters you’ll be able to apply to videos, speed settings for projects on iOS devices such as iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini and support of iCloud Drive.
By the way, you’ll be able to transpose clips to other apps using iOS 8’s inter-app connectivity features.
There is also an iMovie extension for the Photos app with the help of which you’ll be able to improve videos in your camera roll not quiting the app.
You can now make titles with bi-directional text. The support of five languages was added as well.
One iOS development team has announced a keyboard that translates everything you say into emoji. Called Keymoji, it is tasked to convert your text into emojis as you type.
How does it work? The keyboard uses a crowdsourced database of emoji combinations that can then be substituted for words in your text messages, emails, tweets, and other communications. When you type, Keymoji understands what you want to say and translates it into a set of icons that properly convey your message.
According to founders Jonathan Zweig, Randy Saaf and Octavio Herrera, Keymoji is more than just a fun keyboard. The team offers a special app, that allows users to add emoji combinations they’ve created themselves. They also may opt to submit “emoji art” — giant emoji collages or pictures — that can hardly be created without copying and pasting. “There’s nothing quite like crowdsourcing,” said Saaf.
The important thing is Keymoji does not record any personal information orconversations. The app uses the Grant Full Access option to allow internet connectivity to receive new emoji autocompletions from its crowd-sourcing system. Grant Full Access also gives access to a number of features available in the app, including replaying the tutorial and changing some keyboard settings.
Users enjoy adding emojis, but itrequires time to look through the 800-plus emojis to find what they’re looking for. Zweig believes, that Keymoji may be a perfect solution for smartwatches, like the Apple Watch, as it will simplify communication.
Keymoji is a free download on the App Store. It requires iOS 8.
Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, Apple added a web page on Tuesday providing new iPhone users with details on how to move their content from an Android device to the iPhone.
“Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.”
The document offerstipsfor moving email accounts to the iPhone, giving Android users instructions on how to add mail, contacts, and calendars, photos and videos, music, books and PDFs, documents, and apps to the Mail app. For example, it shows how to add a new email account, moveimages and videos with help of a third-party app, like Copy My Data or AT&T Mobile Transfer or a computer with iTunes, move documents to iCloud, and more.
Apple already announced record breaking pre-order numbers for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and, so it is not surprising, that the company attempts to lure as many customers as possible. This year, Apple managed to double the previous iPhone 5 pre-order record set in 2012.
According to the interview with The Wall Street Journal early this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the new iPhone 6 and iPhone6 plus will prompt “the mother of all upgrades.” He believes a big portion of Android users will switch to iPhone due to the fact that the phones are “appreciably better in every single way.”