Phiaton's new BT 460 ($200) is a lightweight wireless Bluetooth headphone that packs some good tech ideas, but has some issues with the details. The BT 460 is, at first, refreshing in its simple and understated design. This minimalism starts with its packaging, which is clean and straightforward except for the curious “Teddy Artist Edition” branding. Inside the box, we find a large carrying case, charging cable, and 3' headphone cable. On the headphone itself, there are no flashy logos or loud colors. BT 460 is a classy-looking black and gray headset made of plastic and rubber (the headphone also comes in white). Other than the power button, there are no visible volume or track controls — everything is handled via a touch interface on the right ear. The BT 460 makes a good first impression, promising some interesting features for a wireless headphone.
Apple’s UK corporation tax last year amounted to £12.9 million, but with £12.9 billion in profits in the last three months of 2015 alone, the Daily Mail is questioning whether the company is paying its fair share. Apple’s tax bill for 2015 was actually up from £11.8 million the previous year, but with the company still under EU investigation for routing its European profits through Ireland, suspicion that Apple is cooking the books is rampant.
Apple is working to explain its new “differential privacy” method of collecting enough user information to make its products more useful while still protecting user privacy, Recode reports. Data collection will begin with the rollout of iOS 10, but will be entirely opt-in, allowing users to decide whether they’re willing to trade a little privacy in return for added functionality. Those opting in will allow Apple to see new words added to their local dictionaries, emojis they type, deep links used inside apps, and hints within notes.
Tipsters have indicated that the space gray version of the new “iPhone 7” will be a “much darker color” than that on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, Apple Insider reports. There is already some variability in Apple’s space gray from product to product, with the space gray on the Apple Watch Sport quite a bit darker than that on the iPhone 6 or 6s. But citing trusted sources, Macotakara‘s Danbo told the site that the darker shade will be nearly black, refuting earlier claims that space gray was being ditched for a “deep blue” color. Sources who claim to have seen the next-generation iPhone’s colors are said to have mistaken the darker space gray for a blue.
Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering The World Class Mac Bundle for only $24.99 — that’s 93% off the regular price. This bundle of eight top-selling Mac apps will help you get productive, build cool websites, boost your Mac’s health, and more, with great tools such as Data Rescue 4, Freeway Pro 7, Painter Essentials 5, and more.
It seems that with almost every major iOS update, Apple’s Photos app gets something new and significant, and in fact this one component has possibly seen the most frequent number of updates over the past few years, with Apple continually building on the photo management experience — iOS 5 introduced iCloud Photo Stream and basic photo editing, with iOS 6 came Shared Photo Streams, then iOS 7 gave us an entirely new “Collections” layout along with filters, and iOS 8 came along with iCloud Photo Library and advanced editing.
Although Photos skipped a major enhancement with last year’s release iOS 9, it appears that Apple will be making up for this lost time in the iOS 10 Photos app, adding new intelligent photo analysis features akin to what we’ve seen in Google Photos, but with the huge added privacy benefit of performing all of this magic directly on the user’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, rather than in a cloud-based data center.…
It’s pretty much inevitable in this digital age that you’ll eventually find your Mac cluttered up with duplicate photos, documents, and other files that have just somehow become misfiled in different directories, exported for sharing, and more. Making sense of all of this can be a challenge, but fortunately there’s MacPaw’s Gemini 2 ($20), an intelligent duplicate finder that can help you recover a ton of space on your Mac by ferreting out duplicate — and even similar — files, and smartly choosing which ones to keep and which to throw away. Gemini 2 can quickly scan through your Mac’s home folder, shared folders, even external hard drives, or even network shares to track down identical files that you’ve left laying around.
Mobile device accessory maker Incipio Technologies has announced plans to acquire Skullcandy, which specializes in audio solutions, and gaming products through its Astro Gaming brand. This is the fourth in a spate of recent acquisitions by Incipio, with the company having acquired Incase and Clamcase last year, and Braven back in 2013.
Zagg's Slim Book for the 9.7" iPad Pro ($130) is a slighter version of its Rugged Book, which we've seen in the past. As one might expect, Slim Book is a bit more svelte, acting as both a case and a keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. The case can be removed from the keyboard or the two can be used in conjunction — when linked, Slim Book can be used in separate orientations for typing, watching videos, or "book mode," which folds the keyboard behind the tablet for normal use. Interestingly, Slim Book eschews the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, as its keyboard connects via Bluetooth. Zagg claims the keyboard can provide up to two years of regular use between charges, but a micro-USB cable is still included.
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