HomeKit SDK from NXP now supports all Apple HomeKit transports, including Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) 4.2, Wi-Fi®, Ethernet with iCloud remote access across NXP microcontrollers and microprocessorsSAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors(NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced that its Apple HomeKit Software Development Kit (SDK) offers full support for home automation applications using HomeKit, delivering exceptional performance, advanced security, while supporting all connectivity options, including BLE, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and remote access over iCloud.HomeKit is a framework in iOS that lets accessories connect seamlessly so people can better manage their homes using the Apple Home app through their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. It offers a set of common protocols which enable many types of accessories to work together easily and securely, and allows consumers to control them simply asking Siri. HomeKit is built on a secure foundation … [Read more...] about NXP Software Development Kit with Apple HomeKit Support Delivers Exceptional Performance and Advanced Security for the Smart Home Market Tech Videos Industry Trends Featured Products Site Sponsors Featured Tech Videos
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Just as the iPhone changed the game on photography, the Apple Watch looks to have the same effect. Following the wearable’s release, PhotoTime from developer Orbeus has released a major update to its photo management app that is optimized for the Apple Watch, as well as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.PhotoTime helps users manage their iPhone photos through tagging, sharing on social media, and sorting them into different categories with little effort. Version 2.1.0 enhances the existing app by adding facial recognition, support for more cloud services, and Apple Watch-specific features.With Apple Watch support you can browse photos, access photos via your friends lists, and speak the tag you are looking for to trigger a search.“With PhotoTime on Apple Watch, users can access their photos on-hand even easier,” says Orbeus CEO Yi Li. “Whenever users want to find a photo, they can simply speak a tag to Apple Watch, for example, a name, a location, or an object, or … [Read more...] about Auto-tagging app PhotoTime adds Apple Watch support, smarter facial recognition
Speculation that Apple is in talks to drop carrier distribution and sell the iPhone directly to consumers is circulating the Web this morning. GigaOm first reported the rumor, claiming that European sources know Apple to be in the process of creating a SIM card that can hop from carrier to carrier, potentially enabling users to purchase iPhones from the Apple Store (including the online store) and use the App Store to choose from among available GSM carriers. Apple is allegedly partnering with SIM card manufacturer Gemalto to develop the technology.So what exactly would this mean for (at the moment, European) consumers? First, it could save new iPhone users a trip or call to their carriers to get the specific SIM card. Second, users could roam more freely, potentially hopping between multiple networks on a whim. The European cell phone carrier market is much more competitive, and multiple providers carry the iPhone, so this could be a blessing for consumers, and a death … [Read more...] about Is Apple developing a carrier-hopping SIM to liberate the iPhone?
An App Store change that flew under the radar is hurting apps that display other downloads other than their own platform to users, and apps like FreeAppADay and AppShoppr could be finding themselves on the outs thanks to iOS 6. PocketGamer.biz was the first to report on these changes to the terms of service, which now forbids third-party app promotional services from the advertising of apps that these services do not own themselves. It’s a clear signal Apple is trying to further control the App Store, as it seeks to ban the third-party promotion of apps altogether.The new clause in question reads: “Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.”The first indication of Apple’s move to crack down on any in-app promotional activities that might affect the App Store and its rankings came last year Apple updated its iTunes chart algorithm to support apps that had been … [Read more...] about Updated Apple developer guideline may phase out third-party app promotion services
Apple filed a motion on Thursday to intervene in Lodsys' patent infringement lawsuit against seven iOS developers, arguing that it has the right to intervene because technology it licensed from Lodsys is central to the case. Apple believes that its license for Lodsys patents allows its developer community to use the Lodsys patented technology in their APIs.If the court allows Apple to intervene, Lodsys will have to face the Apple defense team as well as the developers it originally sued.Lodsys first made waves two months ago, when it sent letters to developers claiming that their use of in-app purchase APIs from Apple was a violation of its patents. The results of this squabble could have long-term consequences in the world of developer licensing agreements. For Lodsys' part, it does not think that Apple utilized the licenses in an appropriate manner."Lodsys is claiming infringement based on an allegation that its license to Apple did not flow the proper rights to the developers," … [Read more...] about Apple Has Devs’ Backs in Lodsys Patent Scuffle
Apple is hard at work building the "largest end-user-owned onsite solar array" in the U.S., according to a brief environmental report it released this week.Its Maiden, N.C., data center, the central nervous system for services like iCloud and Siri, will be a LEED-certified data center running completely on renewable energy. The solar project will provide provide 42 million kWh of solar power to the center each year.However, "With something that size, it would be very difficult to be 100 percent green," Katherine Austin, president and founder of KDA Consulting, told MacNewsWorld. "I applaud Apple's support of renewable energy and sustainable building practices. But it's almost impossible to tell how much will be real brass tacks, and how much will just be very good PR."Even if it's more of the latter, it's a good image move that high-profile companies like Apple can't afford not to make, according to Austin."At this point, most companies have recognized that greening their data centers … [Read more...] about CUPERTINO BUSINESS REPORT Apple Goes Sunny Side Up
I cannot believe that Apple, my favorite company in the whole world, still has its head stuck in the sand over deceptive in-app purchases in games targeted at small children.Sure, I heard the horror stories about Smurfs and zoo animals and buying food and supplies with children tap, tap, tapping their way to hundreds or thousands of dollars of in-app purchases. Sure, I was irritated, but I figured Apple would get the problem under control. Seriously.If any of my customers somehow spent thousands of dollars on little blue cartoon creatures, even if they were poorly supervised children, I'd be hopping mad. If I were a CEO, I'd be livid that any of my underlings let it happen. I mean really, Steve Jobs was hell-bent on putting a "dent in the universe" and instead he creates a system that only dents the bank accounts of busy, struggling parents?No way I'd let that happen.I believed in Steve Jobs, and I believed in Apple CEO Tim Cook.So when my young son managed to spend more than US$50 on … [Read more...] about OPINION How Is Tim Cook Not Livid When Apple Steals From Children?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' remarks during his company's Q4 earnings call on Monday have riled Google, Research In Motion and Tweetdeck, all of which he mentioned in his comments.Google's Android operating system isn't open, Jobs said, and he derided Android tablets. He also wrote off RIM's sales figures.As part of his criticism of Android, Jobs said Tweetdeck had to, in essence, work very hard to create an Android version of its browser app.Was Jobs jockeying for more publicity for Apple by making those comments? Was he serving up a side dish of repositioning competitors in the public's minds? Or is he feeling the heat from Android's success in the smartphone marketplace and trying to pre-empt Google's march into mobile?Apple did not respond to a request for comment by press time.Jobs first lashed out at RIM, saying the 14.1 million iPhones sold in the Apple fiscal quarter ending in September "handily beat" the 12.1 million BlackBerries RIM sold in its most recent quarter, ending in August. … [Read more...] about Scorned Rivals Bite Apple’s Bait
Apple released three security updates Tuesday that correct a slew of bugs, including a hole discovered last week in the one-month-old iPhone.This is Apple's seventh security update this year. The bundled patches address approximately 45 vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X operating system, the Safari browser for Windows beta, and the iPhone.The update fixes a lot of issues -- some critical, some not so critical -- and all Mac users should make sure they install it, Rob Ayoub, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, told MacNewsWorld."It's a cumulative update," he said, "so anyone running an OS X platform really should get it."The iPhone 1.0.1 update came in just under the wire and beat the Aug. 2 deadline set by the Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), which found the vulnerability. Researchers Charles Miller, Jake Honoroff and Joshua Mason set the clock ticking when they notified Apple of the flaw and gave the company two weeks to fix the problem before a planned presentation at the annual … [Read more...] about Big Apple Patch Includes 11th Hour iPhone Fix
The news that Apple and IBM have joined forces sent a shockwavethrough the Apple-focused world this week, and I admit it, I wassurprised. At first glance, the deal seems to be this big group hugwith the two companies becoming inextricably entwined.Yeah, it's not that.Upon closer inspection -- despite the fluffy and vague announcementsput out by IBM and Apple, and some vague-yet-fancy landing pages on their websites -- the scope of the deal, which is characterized by IBM's "MobileFirst for iOS" initiative, is incredibly simple.In fact, this is the biggest dealthat really isn't all that "BIG" that I've seen in a long time. Itseems groundbreaking -- and it will pay off handsomely for both Appleand IBM -- but it's really just an extension of business as usual forboth companies.So how can a partnership be a big deal but also be business as usual?That is, how can Apple and IBM become partners in this world andnot fundamentally change? I'll try to explain how I see thisshaking out.It's a big … [Read more...] about OPINION The Big Honking Business-as-Usual IBM-Apple Deal