Due to the limited screen space, the Apple Watch adds timestamps to your messaging conversations far less frequently, so it may not be clear just by glancing when a given message was actually sent or received. Fortunately there’s an easy way to check this out, and it works the same way as it does on your iPhone.
When viewing the message list, pull any conversation bubble to the right and you’ll see the timestamps displayed beside each message indicating when it was sent from your Apple Watch or received by it. You can still scroll up and down through the conversation, and releasing your finger will pop back to the normal view.…
Many Mac power users have long felt that the built-in Finder app in OS X doesn’t quite cut the mustard, despite Apple’s incremental improvements with each OS X update. This has spawned a number of alternatives over the years, and one of the latest entries into the group is Eltima Software’s Commander One (free/$30). The new dual-pane file manager for Mac is written entirely in Swift and designed specifically for OS X users, providing not only basic file management but a number of advanced features that power users will love — especially those who grew up in an era when dual-panel tools like this one were more the norm. You can view each panel in one of three view modes, and open unlimited tabs in each, make multiple selections and queue files up for various operations, automatically rename files during copy and move operations, and setup custom hotkeys for any action. Local and network drives are fully supported, and you can use Spotlight for basic searches or construct more advanced searches using regular expressions.
The third new WeMo + OSRAM product to come out of Belkin's recent Sylvania partnership is the new Lightify White Tunable Starter Set ($100), a new kit that's reminscent of last year's Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set, with the key difference being Sylvania's OSRAM Lightify Tunable White bulbs replacing Belkin's own smart LED bulbs in the starter kit. While the two prior WeMo + OSRAM products we've reviewed — the Flex RGBW and Gardenspot Mini RGB lights — were more specialized, this kit gets back to the basics, providing standard LED light bulbs that can be used in just about any fixture around the home.
Google has announced a new Google Street View app that allows iOS users to explore a collection of immersive 360-degree “photo sphere” panoramic images associated with locations around the world. The new app is actually a major redesign based on the company’s earlier Photo Sphere Camera app, which was originally designed to allow users to collect their own 360-degree spherical photography shots and upload them to Google Maps. The new Google Street View app takes this one step further, adding the ability to now explore Street View collections and content from Google Maps and photo spheres contributed by other users. In addition to creating and contributing photo spheres from the iPhone camera, the new app also adds support for connecting to external spherical cameras.
Logitech recently announced its newest label, Logi, and we've received the first products from the new imprint, a series of iPad cases. BLOK Protective Shell ($40) is a simple, blocky case for iPad mini 2 and 3 and iPad Air 2 (we received the mini version). BLOK Protective Case ($70) for iPad Air 2 is a folio-style case with a folding cover that creates different viewing angles, while BLOK Keyboard Case ($130) combines a case with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. All cases provide coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls.
Speaking to The Guardian, Apple has admitted that it still has “homework to be done” on the Apple Music service. Oliver Schusser, the vice president of iTunes International, told the Guardian that a lot of work is still being put into improving the service, with “teams all around the world” focusing on editorial and playlists, but also adding features and “cleaning up certain things.” When asked about usability criticisms that have been levied against the service, Schusser reiterated that the service remains a priority for Apple, noting that it was a very big launch and they’re getting a “ton of feedback” but are “obviously trying to make it better every day.” Schusser also confirmed that Apple remains on track to launch Apple Music for Android devices and Sonos players this fall.
Schusser also stated that the download business has been “really, really healthy,” and iTunes continues to be a big part of Apple’s business on which they are still focused, as well. Dr. Dre’s recent release of “Compton: A Soundtrack Album” was streamed 25 million times in its first week, however, it still sold nearly 500,000 iTunes downloads in the same time frame. Schusser holds up Compton as a “really good example of how streaming and downloads can be successful side-by-side,” stated that they’ve proven “when there’s great content, customers will buy as well as listen.”
A U.S. judge has approved a $415 million settlement in the anti-poaching lawsuit against Apple and several other Silicon Valley companies, Reuters reports. The class-action antitrust lawsuit, filed in 2011, accused Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe of conspiring to avoid poaching employees from each other, thereby allowing them to also hold down employee salaries. While the four companies offered up a $324 million settlement in April 2014, that proposal was rejected by the judge as falling “below the range of reasonableness” after an objection from one of the plaintiffs. In January of this year, the four came back with the offer of $415 million, which received final approval from Judge Koh in a ruling on Wednesday, finding that the deal was “fair to the thousands of plaintiff workers in the class action.”
In today’s iLounge Deal we have the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station for only $34.99. This hassle-free charging solution provides you with the ability to charge your Mac plus four other USB-equipped devices at once, all from one convenient plug. The Twist Plus simply attaches to your Apple MacBook power adapter, doing away with the need to carry a tangled web of chargers and converters when you’re on the road. The universal AC power outlet is ideal for international travel, and will work seamlessly with the electric outlets in over 150 countries. Built-in fuse protection also provides safe charging, and the light and compact design easily twists to allow you access to the charging port of your choice.
IK Multimedia’s new iRig PowerBridge ($70) is a new accessory that solves an issue we’ve had with IK’s Lightning-connected studio accessories for a while — the problem of powering your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch while using them. Devices such as the iRig PADS, iRig KEYS, and iRig Mic HD connect to the Lightning port, so you can’t normally connect your iOS device to power at the same time. While this is fine for casual use, it can be a problem for anybody looking for a serious studio session.
A new report from 9to5Mac suggests that Apple may in fact debut the long-rumored “iPad Pro” during next week’s event, although the new larger tablet is still not expected to be available until November. Sources indicate that Apple plans to ship the new iPad in November, with it expected to be available for pre-order in late October. There has allegedly been some discussion within Apple indicating that the company may reveal the new iPad during next week’s event — however, this has not yet been confirmed and sources have also indicated that it is still possible that it could be held back for an October event. It also apparently remains unclear whether Apple will be able to source enough components to meet the demand expected by the enterprise market for the larger device.
The report also reveals that a new fourth-generation iPad mini would also be revealed alongside the iPad, but suggests that this may be tied to whether Apple chooses to announce the larger version next week. A third-generation version of the iPad Air is not expected to be revealed, as sources indicate it’s planned for a 2016 release.