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TikTok Announces Deal With Oracle and Walmart, Trump Approves

Sunday September 20, 2020 6:13 am PDT by
Just hours before new app downloads would be banned in the United States, Vanessa Pappas, the interim head of TikTok, announced on Saturday that the company has reached a proposal with Oracle and Walmart that will keep the video sharing platform alive in the country. The deal has also been approved by President Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg. The deal will effectively establish a new...

SoftBank Nears Deal to Sell Arm to Nvidia [Updated]

Sunday September 13, 2020 11:40 am PDT by
SoftBank is nearing a deal to sell its Arm Holdings to Nvidia, the world's largest graphics chipmaker, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to those familiar with the matter, a cash-and-stock deal between the two companies could occur early next week and would be valued at over $40 billion, which could potentially be the largest deal ever in the semiconductor industry. SoftBank...

App Recap: Buddy, MindNode, and Study Bunny

Sunday September 6, 2020 8:14 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted finance app "Buddy," productivity app "MindNode," and productivity app "Study Bunny" as three apps that are worth checking out. Apps to Check Out Buddy - Easy Budgeting (iOS, Subscription) - Buddy is an app that can help users set up a budget and keep track of expenses. The app's overview page provides a clear breakdown of all expenses over a...

Epic Games Asks Court to Allow Fortnite Back on the App Store

Saturday September 5, 2020 2:41 pm PDT by
Just a week after Apple terminated Epic Games' developer account, Epic has filed for a preliminary injunction that would both allow Fortnite back on the App Store and restore access to its developer account. In the filing, ‌Epic Games‌ says it was willing to challenge Apple "because it was the right thing to do" and "it was better positioned than many other companies to weather the storm."...

Notability Gains New Tools, Dedicated Shop, and More

Monday August 31, 2020 6:01 am PDT by
Ginger Labs today announced an update to its popular productivity app Notability, introducing several new features designed to enhance creativity within the app. Among the new tools is a feature that lets users draw arrows and curves that will snap perfectly into place. Users can also now draw perfectly spaced dots and dashes with the pen and highlighter tool. There's a new favorites...

App Recap: Do, Flow, and North Star

Sunday August 30, 2020 7:09 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Do," productivity app "Flow," and lifestyle app "North Star" as three apps that are worth checking out. Apps to Check Out Do: Simple Notes & To Do Lists (iOS, One-Time Purchase) - Do features a simple interface that provides an easy way to keep track of notes and to-do lists. Users can organize notes into sub-lists as well as...

App Recap: Done Habit Tracker, RTRO, and Subtrack

Sunday August 23, 2020 9:26 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Done," photo and video app "RTRO," and finance app "Subtrack" as three apps that are worth checking out. Apps to Check Out Done: A Simple Habit Tracker (iOS, One-Time Purchase) - Done, an app designed to help users create healthy routines, features the ability to set goals and track progress for daily habits. Each habit can be...

Apple Begins Testing Revamped Maps App in UK and Ireland

Saturday August 22, 2020 8:57 pm PDT by
Apple has reportedly begun testing an expansion of its more detailed Apple Maps app in the United Kingdom and Ireland, according to Justin O'Beirne, who often shares details on updates made in ‌Apple Maps‌. Image via Justin O'Beirne Since the Maps revamp in these countries is in testing stages, it is worth pointing out that the changes are not available to all users at the current time....

App Recap: Heart Reports, HibiDo, and Weather on the Way

Sunday August 16, 2020 9:24 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted health and fitness app "Heart Reports," productivity app "HibiDo: To-Do List & Notes," and weather app "Weather on the Way" as three apps that are worth checking out. Apps to Check Out Heart Reports (iOS, $1.99) - Heart Reports is an app that lets users generate reports based on data from the Health app. Several forms of data can be aggregated...

Trump Signs Executive Order Giving ByteDance 90 Days to Sell US TikTok Business

Saturday August 15, 2020 5:09 am PDT by
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to sell its TikTok business in the United States, citing evidence of possible national security threats from the China-based company. In the order, the Trump Administration said there's "credible evidence" to suggest that ByteDance "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United...

App Recap: Decibel, Liftin' Workout Tracker, Taskheat and Major App Updates

Sunday August 9, 2020 6:45 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted utilities app "Decibel," health and fitness app "Liftin' Workout Tracker," and productivity app "Taskheat" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Decibel: dB Sound Level Meter (iOS, Subscription) - Coupled with a simplistic and easy-to-navigate...

App Recap: Filter, Hue Menu Bar, TimeBloc and Major App Updates

Sunday August 2, 2020 7:03 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Filter," utilities app "Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue," and productivity app "TimeBloc" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Filter - Website and App Blocker (Mac, Free) - Filter is an app that lets users organize websites and apps...

American Airlines Offers Free Apple TV+ Streaming as In-Flight Entertainment Option

Sunday August 2, 2020 4:09 pm PDT by
Apple has expanded its partnership with American Airlines, as the airline is now offering free Apple TV+ streaming as an in-flight entertainment option (via The Points Guy). Only select Apple TV+ shows like "The Morning Show," "Dickinson," and "Defending Jacob" are available for in-flight viewing at the current time. An American Airlines representative confirmed to The Points Guy that the...

Apple Removes Nearly 30,000 Apps From China App Store

Sunday August 2, 2020 11:06 am PDT by
Apple on Saturday removed nearly 30,000 apps from its Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators, reports Reuters. The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says that 90% of the apps removed were games. The report also mentions that over 2,500 additional apps were removed from the China App Store over the first week of July. Apple in...

Apple-Acquired Dark Sky Officially Shuts Down Android App

Saturday August 1, 2020 3:43 pm PDT by
Apple in March purchased weather app Dark Sky, and at that time, Dark Sky's developers said that the app's Android version would be discontinued on July 1, 2020. However, instead of shuttering the app on that date, the app's developers announced that the discontinuation would be delayed for another month. Now that it's August, Android users are no longer able to access the app, and...

App Recap: Soosee, Tasks, Taurus and Major App Updates

Monday July 27, 2020 6:15 am PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted food and drink app "Soosee," productivity app "Tasks," and health and fitness app "Taurus" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Soosee: Food Scanner (iOS, Free) - Soosee scans ingredient labels from food and intelligently checks for allergens as...

Apple Card Now Appearing on Experian Credit Reports

Sunday July 19, 2020 10:15 pm PDT by
Apple Card users are reporting the credit card is now showing up on Experian credit file reports. Reporting of Apple Card information was previously limited to credit bureau TransUnion (via Reddit). Though not officially confirmed by Apple or Goldman Sachs, several Reddit users have noticed the creditor addition to their Experian credit reports. Some users, however, have not seen any credit...

App Recap: Glarm, Orbit, Smart NFC and Major App Updates

Sunday July 19, 2020 8:34 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted utilities app "Glarm," business app "Orbit," and utilities app "Smart NFC" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Glarm (iOS, Free) - Utilities app Glarm lets users set location-based alarms in a simple manner. Glarm can be really useful when...

Apple and Tim Cook Commemorate Rep. John Lewis

Sunday July 19, 2020 6:57 pm PDT by
Apple this weekend has honored the life of late politician and civil rights leader John Lewis with a full-page tribute on its website. A photo of Lewis is accompanied by a quote of his: "Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday commemorated Lewis in a follow-up tweet. We have lost an American hero. John Lewis guided ...

App Recap: Budget Burndown, Endel, Samplr and Major App Updates

Sunday July 12, 2020 7:41 pm PDT by
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted finance app "Budget Burndown," health and fitness app "Endel," and music app "Samplr" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Budget Burndown (iOS, Free) - Finance app Budget Burndown is a tool that intelligently tracks daily spending and lets users...