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Apple to drop first-gen Apple TV, iPod classic support as of Sept 8th

Apple will be discontinuing support for another series of its older products, which are being moved to “Obsolete” status as of September 8th, Apps: Lara Croft GO, Instagram, Pocket, Scanbot, Vine

Lara Croft GO ($5) — Square Enix Montréal follows up on last year’s Hitman GO with a new “GO” instalment similarly based on a popular console game franchise. Like its predecessor, instead of replicating the console game onto the iOS device, Lara Croft GO creates a turn based puzzle adventure game set in the same game universe. In a game that feels like a cross between Hitman GO and Monument Valley — another one of our favorite games of last year — Lara Croft GO has you exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization to search for objects, and solving puzzles to route your way through each level to uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom. The game includes more than 75 puzzles split across five chapters, and uses simple tap-to-move controls to navigate step-by-step through each maze, taking turns to avoid obstacles and unlock new paths.

Instagram (free) — With this update, the popular photo sharing network makes a departure from its traditional square aspect ratios, opening up the app to sharing photos and videos in both landscape and portrait orientations. While it may seem like a small, and perhaps obvious change, it’s kind of a big deal for the service that pretty much defined photo sharing as something to be done only with square photos.

Pocket (free) — Version 6.0 of the original “read-it-later” app expands the experience by adding a new recommendation engine to help provide additional articles of interest based on the history of what you’ve saved to Pocket previously. A new tab view now appears at the top, separating your own saved content (“My List”) from the new “Recommended” list. Suggested articles can be read right from this list, or easily saved to your main reading list using a “Save” button at the bottom of each one.

New Apple TV to feature motion sensitive remote

Apple’s signifcant update to its upcoming Apple TV set-top box is expected to feature some significant user experience improvements, according to a new report by TechCrunch. While many of the details such as the inclusion of Apple’s A8 processor, a touch-based remote, and an SDK for developers to take advantage of have already been revealed previously, this latest report suggests that all of this will combine to create a vastly better user experience from the current three-year-old Apple TV platform.

The new remote is expected to be larger and thicker, including a Touchpad area at the top and a microphone for Siri, confirming earlier reports — however, new information reveals that the remote will also be motion sensitive, “likely including several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote.” This suggests that the new Apple TV remote could effectively double as a game controller. The report also suggests that Apple will be get more performance out of the A8 CPU as it will not have to contend with battery life concerns from a device that is plugged into a wall, and will thereby be able to support an updated user interface that will provide “much better effects and navigational improvements” which will be particularly appreciated by users with large libraries. Sources indicate that the new experience is expected to “blow away” existing television and home media interfaces, describing it as the “first real Apple TV product.”

Media companies balk at $40/mo. plan for Apple TV service

Pricing remains a major sticking point in Apple’s negotiations with content providers for its proposed subscription television service, according to a new report from The Information. Although Apple had been planning to unveil a new TV service as early as this fall, and was reported to be making progress in negotiations in June, more recent reports have indicated that the service isn’t expected to debut until 2016, citing talks that have been progressing more slowly than expected.

This latest report provides some insight, indicating that the major sticking point in negotiations is Apple’s desire to hold consumer pricing to roughly $40 per month, which is said to be considerably less than the media companies want to license their TV content to the service. This echoes similar difficulties Apple had in negotiations with record labels last fall, with Apple eventually capitulating. Despite the uncertain future of a television subscription service, Apple still plans to debut new Apple TV hardware in September, but will likely focus on integration with HomeKit and security. [via AppleInsider]

Review: Tech21 Evo Mesh Sport for iPhone 6 and Evo Elite for iPhone 6 Plus

We recently received Tech21's new Evo Mesh Sport for iPhone 6 ($40) and Evo Elite for iPhone 6 Plus ($50) — though both cases are available for both of Apple's current iPhones. Both cases provide button coverage and are integrated with FlexShock, "a new cutting edge hybrid impact protection material which absorbs, dissipates and repels shock away from your device when dropped." It's a TPU case with small strips of rubber lining to cushion the phone. Evo Elite sets itself apart with a scratch-resistant coating, and a built-in hard plastic bumper on the sides of the case.

Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers leaves Apple

Ian Rogers, one of the key executives behind the Apple Music launch, has now left Apple, the Financial Times reports. Rogers originally headed up the Beats Music subscription service prior to the company’s acquisition by Apple in 2014, after which he was appointed to a senior director position with Apple Music, responsible for iTunes Radio and the new Beats 1 radio service. According to people familiar with the situation, he is now leaving to work for a European company in an unrelated industry, a move that came as a surprise to his colleagues when he announced his resignation. Apple confirmed that Rogers is leaving but did not provide any further comment.

Apple partners with PayAnywhere for Apple Pay

Apple has announced a new Apple Pay deal with credit card processing firm PayAnywhere, CNBC reports. The new arrangement allows Apple Pay to be accepted at any PayAnywhere credit card reader — currently in place in More than 300,000 locations throughout the U.S. As part of the deal, Apple will also become the exclusive seller for the newest version of the PayAnywhere reader in its retail stores. To promote the new deal, PayAnywhere is also offering no processing fees for the first $5,000 in Apple Pay transactions for new users.

Report: iPhone 6S to retain 16GB base model

A new tweet from Steve Hemmerstoffer of OnLeaks shows more leaked photos of iPhone 6S packaging that would appear to confirm that Apple plans to release a 16GB version of the iPhone 6S, contrary to earlier speculation that the lowest-capacity device would be dropped in the next release. The leak notably also matches a report from early July that analyzed components purported to come from an iPhone 6S, identifying a 16GB Toshiba memory chip among them.

Daily Deal: Griffin Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you Griffin’s ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier for only $119.99 – 20% off the regular price. This stylish Bluetooth amplifier lets you turn your existing speakers into a wireless setup to stream music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can pump up the volume without sacrificing sound quality, and even power your subwoofer and in addition to streaming via Bluetooth, Twenty provides a wired optical input so you can also use it as a digital amp for your Mac.

Get the Griffin ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier for only $119.99

Tip of the Day: Customizing World Clock City Abbreviations on Apple Watch

Most of the watch faces on the Apple Watch include the ability to add a world clock display — a handy feature for travelers or anybody who needs to regularly keep track of the time in more than one city. To use the feature, you simply add additional world clocks in your iPhone “Clock” app and these automatically appear on the Apple Watch.

By default, the Apple Watch uses pre-determined abbreviations for each city, however you can customize these to whatever you want them to say by going into the “Clock” section of the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. This will bring up the list of cities configured in your main iPhone Clock app, and you can tap to change the abbreviation for any city to whatever you like — useful if you’d rather see time zone codes or airport codes, for instance.…






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