Knomo’s new Kinsale Soft Leather Messenger Bag ($250) can hold up to a 13” MacBook. The front and sides of the messenger bag are covered in smooth leather that lives up to its “soft” name. The leather front flap and the back pocket both shut with strong magnetic closures — the pocket can barely fit an uncased iPad Air. But it’s not like you’ll necessarily need that pocket to store a full-sized iPad, as the bag offers plenty of room for an iPad and iPhone of any size, along with cables, pens, and other gear. Kinsale Soft Leather Messenger Bag comes in black and brown.
In many cases, it’s the little things with the Apple Watch that make life easier, especially for users who are always on the go with busy schedules. If you’re frequently hopping between meetings, you may find it useful to know that you can actually get directions to your next event right from the notification on your wrist. Simply force-touch on the alert when it comes up (or the appointment if you’re viewing it in the Calendar app) and you’ll see an option to get directions.
Tap again and the Watch Maps app will open up, ready to guide you to your destination. Of course you’ll have to ensure that you’ve entered locations for your meetings into your calendar events — but this is a good reason to do so.…
If you find that you regularly need to put together fliers, newsletters, and brochures on a regular basis, you may want to take a look at Belight Software’s new update to Swift Publisher 4 ($15), a desktop publishing app that makes it easy to get great results from without breaking your software budget. You can choose from over 270 pre-designed templates, use grids and place your own guides for precision layouts, and set up an unlimited number of layers to achieve complex designs. Sophisticated column layouts, text styles, and gradient and freehand shapes and strokes are also included, along with a library of over 2,000 clipart images and the ability to import photos directly from iPhoto, Aperture, and now in the latest version, the new OS X Photos app.
KickStand Charging Dock ($40) is a new Apple Watch dock from Odoyo. The small dock comes in two parts — a wooden piece holds the Apple Watch charger, while an aluminum base with non-slip bottom makes up the rest of the dock. The two pieces are joined by powerful magnets. Odoyo offers KickStand in three different aluminum colors — black, silver, and gold. The top piece which holds the charger is always the same beech color, however. KickStand works with every Apple Watch of every size.
An update to the Amazon Video iOS app now allows Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing at no added cost. A new download icon has appeared alongside the play button next to individual pieces of content within the app. To locate and view videos after downloading, iPhone or iPad users can open their Library, tap Refine and then select the On Device option. Users can also watch content by tapping Watch Now from the Prime movie or TV show page, which is also where they’ll go to delete downloads once they’re done watching. Amazon is touting the move as setting its service apart from competitors like Netflix by making content available for viewing even when an Internet connection isn’t available.
After going head-to-head with Spotify in streaming music, Apple is considering taking on the likes of Netflix and Amazon in the original programming business, Variety reports. One high-level Hollywood executive who had talks with the company said Apple is looking to start its own development and production divisions to create long-form content for streaming. The source didn’t know whether the focus would be on TV series, movies or both, but said the company is looking to start hiring in the next few months with hopes of the new venture being operational next year. Other sources claimed Apple’s interest in creating its own content is still in a much more preliminary stage, but the company is said to have made a bid to secure the stars of “Top Gear” after they left their BBC show earlier this year — only to lose the show to Amazon in July. Apple has been buying up content on the independent film circuit for distribution on iTunes for years, and has made a big push to incorporate local content into its upcoming paid subscription TV service to set it apart from competitors’ offerings. While starting its own in-house production company could be expensive, Apple holds more than $200 billion in cash and has proven with Apple Music that the company is willing to enter a new market with original, exclusive content. Apple declined to comment on the story.
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Malware has stolen login credentials for more than 225,000 Apple accounts from jailbroken iPhones, according to network security company Palo Alto Networks. The malware, now named “KeyRaider,” is distributed through Cydia repositories in China — Cydia is an (obviously) unofficial App Store alternative for jailbroken devices. Users in 18 countries are said to be affected, with Palo Alto Networks claiming, “We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware.” The stolen data appears to have already been accessed more than 20,000 times, with the data also having been uploaded online. Some infected iPhones have have been disabled for ransom requests, and some affected users have already seen abnormal charges in their app purchasing history. [via Ars Technica]
Apple has announced a partnership with Cisco to “create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps.” In addition to optimizing Cisco networks and iOS devices to work together, the two companies are also focused on make iPhone more collaborative with Cisco’s “voice and video environments” to make a “seamless experience” between a user’s iPhone and desk phone. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has also written a blog post about the new partnership.
Anticipation is building for Apple’s new, feature-packed Apple TV, and the new set-top box will also feature Bluetooth controller support, according to 9to5Mac. Apple TV will support certain third-party Bluetooth controllers, in addition to coming with its own motion sensitive remote that can be used as a game controller. We’ve been expecting such capabilities to be included in a new Apple TV for a few years now. The new set-top box will support Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac wireless standards. This new report also claims Siri will not just be a feature, but a “main focus” of the new Apple TV, allowing for much easier navigation of the device.