How to: Check and see if your iPhone’s Battery needs to be serviced

As with anything that runs on rechargeable batteries, an iOS device has so many recharge cycles until its battery needs to be replaced by an Apple Genius or an authorized Apple repair establishment. Fortunately, Apple has made it easy to check this.  Just do the following steps: Go to Settings > Battery. If the Battery needs replacing, you’ll see the graphic that’s included with this article. That’s it.  

Apple buys SciFi show from Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore, the brain behind the critically acclaimed remake of “Battlestar Galactica,” will pen a new space drama for Apple, as the company continues its push into original TV content to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The untitled show is created and written by Moore, and imagines a world in which the space race never ended, according to Deadline. It boasts “Fargo” producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, and comes from Sony Pictures Television and Tall Ship Productions. The win for Apple comes thanks to their hiring of former Sony Pictures Television executives Jamie Erlicht Click Here to Read more

Apple Buys Shazam Music Service for an unknown amount

Early Monday, Apple confirmed that it is acquiring Shazam, the popular app that identifies any song, TV show, movie, or ad by listening to a few seconds of it. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.” “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for Click Here to Read more

Apple Park estimated to cost $5 Billion to build

“The ‘spaceship’ of Silicon Valley has landed in Cupertino, but the question remains: How much did it cost to build? Construction data and analytics startup BuildZoom estimated in October that the new Apple campus cost more than $1.1 billion, based on the building permits,” Seung Lee reports for The Mercury News. “But longtime Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone estimates that costs for the iPhone maker’s shiny new campus far exceeded BuildZoom’s estimate, and may be closer to $5 billion — or just about the cost of 5 million iPhone X’s.” “Apple could not be reached for comment on the Click Here to Read more

Apple’s Phil Schiller tries to ease fears about Face ID and 3rd party developers

“Apple’s had a big year. The highlight was the introduction of the iPhone X, the ten year anniversary phone that said goodbye to the iconic Home button and is Apple’s template for smartphones in the next decade,” Erwin van der Zande reports for “But does the entire industry agree, like it did with the original iPhone 10 years ago, or is it just Apple?” “I can ask this [of] Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing,” van der Zande reports. “Schiller points out a couple of features… The first one is Face ID, the new security technology Click Here to Read more

Apple under fire for Siri’s response to Sexual Harassment

“‘I’d blush if I could’ is not the response you’d expected to hear when you tell Siri she’s a slut — but it is,” Leah Fessler writes for Quartz at Work. “In February, months before the #MeToo movement erupted, I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to document how these digital personal servants — whose names and voices are already feminized — peddle stereotypes of female subservience, putting their ‘progressive’ parent companies in a moral predicament.” “Amazon tells Quartz At Work that in spring of this year, it Click Here to Read more

Apple Pushes Amazon Prime Video with a What’s New Screen and Twitter Ads

Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter “promoted” tweets noting it as well. The screen appears after the Apple TV updates to 11.2 and reboots itself. The app is available now in the Apple TV App Store.

iOS Jailbreak: R.I.P.

“For several years, it was common practice among iOS enthusiasts to ‘jailbreak’ their iPhones so they could enable additional functionality like screen recording and widget support,” Abhimanyu Ghoshal reports for TNW. Jailbreaking was “once fueled by an active worldwide community with numerous crafty programmers who figured out how to bypass Apple’s device protections,” Ghoshal reports. “And with the closing of two major repositories on the Cydia alternative app store this month, the death knell for jailbreaking is ringing clear.” “There hasn’t been a jailbreak for iOS 11 so far, even though it’s been months since it was released to the Click Here to Read more

Apple offering gift cards in some non-United States countries

Apple has commenced its Black Friday shopping deals in Australia and New Zealand, providing customers with gift cards if they purchase Apple products through the online and retail Apple Stores during November 24, with similar deals likely to be offered in a number of other regions when each country reaches midnight.

Google’s mysterious operating system, called Fuchsia, to support Apple’s Swift Language

“Google has given its mystery operating system Fuchsia an update to support Apple’s Swift programming language,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “Swift has quickly become one of hottest languages among developers. Google last week caused a stir after it forked Swift, causing speculation that Google wanted to take the language in a different direction.” “But Chris Lattner, who created Swift at Apple and now works at Google, told Business Insider that fears over Google forking Swift are a ‘misunderstanding’ stemming from GitHub’s terminology. In GitHub’s parlance, forking and copying mean the same thing,” Tung reports. “Lattner said on Twitter that Click Here to Read more

Apple delays HomePod until 2018

(CNBC): Apple said on Friday that it’s delaying the launch of its HomePod smart speaker until next year. “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers,” Apple said. “We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.” The HomePod was originally announced during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. It’s priced at $349 and will compete with other smart speakers from Amazon, including the Echo, the GoogleHome and similar products from Sonos. The HomePod was originally scheduled to Click Here to Read more