Parallels today released an update for their OS X virtualization software that will allow Mac users to download, install, and run the Windows 10 Technical Preview as a virtual machine. Yes, Windows 10 on OS X (ten) through Parallels 10. It's a mouthful, and technically experimental support right now. But it's also another avenue for people to try out Microsoft's latest and greatest OS (itself in a not-quite-finished state) without having to resort to crazy things like partitioning.
Users of the Starbucks app now have an additional option when it comes to reloading their digital Starbucks card: Apple Pay. Starbucks previously support credit and debit cards as well as PayPal accounts. But both depended on storing your information in the app. Apple Pay, obviously, doesn't do that, instead generating a unique one-time-use card number for each transaction.
Shares of Apple stock today reached another all-time high, which in and of itself isn't shocking — Apple does that on a regular basis — but today market the point where Apple as a company crossed the $700 billion line. Apple has been the world's most valuable publicly-traded company for some time, but its skyrocketing share price has seen it rapidly pull away from every other company on the planet.
Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced that Apple is investing $850 million in a brand-new solar farm to power their California operations. The 1,300-acre facility is being built in Monterey County, California, and will produce enough electricity to power all of the new Apple Campus 2, as well as Apple's other offices and retail stores in California, as well as their Newark, CA, data center.
Anki Drive has long been one of our favorite connected toys, and the next generation — Anki Overdrive — is looking to literally make a huge jump. The highlight of the new Anki Overdrive, due out in September 2015, is a modular track that replaces the roll-out mat of the first edition. The individual segments of the track are held together by magnets embedded in the edges, and can even be assembled to build bridges that cross the track or have gaps that cars must jump.
Apple's youngest programming language, Swift, received a fairly substantial update with today's first beta of Xcode 6.3, at least in beta form. The Swift 1.2 beta features an improved compiler that's both more stable and more speedy, as well as new Objective-C (the programming language that pre-Swift iOS apps were built on) interactions for building more capable hybrid apps.
Apple today seeded to developers the very first iOS 8.3 beta, as well as a beta for Xcode 6.3 with the version 1.2 of the Swift programming language. Amusingly, this first release of the iOS 8.3 beta comes just a week after the fifth 8.2 beta — a version of the OS that has yet to see public release.
The launch of iOS 8 hasn't been without its hiccups, and it seems that Apple is putting a lot of work into ensuring that its successor — we'll call it iOS 9 (seems like a safe bet) — irons out those kinks. iOS 8 adoption has lagged behind previous major version numbers of iOS, though it's worth noting that it is still doing quite well in comparison to the competition.
If, for some reason, you have a few million dollars just sitting around and don't feel like spending it on a new house in the Hamptons, a new 100-foot yacht, or a new bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom, might we suggest that you spend that on a new iPhone instead? Yep, the folks at Goldgenie are at it again, this time taking their 24kt yellow gold, platinum, or rose gold iPhone 6 and wrapping it in precious cut stones. We're not talking about Swarovski crystal encrustment here, no, this is legit bling.
The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the consumer. Once you've paid off your phone, you'll probably be able to get it unlocked, and it'll be even easier with future smartphones.
SwiftKey's trace-typing "Flow" feature is now available to iPad users, part of an update that's bringing emoji support, new languages, and more to iPhone and iPad users. SwiftKey has been one of our favorite custom keyboards for iPhone and iPad from the start, but the lack of trace typing on the iPad was maddening. That's no longer an issue.
Hot off her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show performance, singer-songwriter-ascendent-pop-queen Katy Perry is poised to get her very own mobile game. The as-of-yet untitled game is being developed by Glu Mobile, the same company that inflicted Kim Kardashian: Hollywood on the world.
Microsoft's messaging app Yammer now supports Apple's Handoff feature on OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Unlike some implementations of Handoff, which see you switching between corresponding apps on iPhone and Mac, Yammer's sends you from the iOS app to your Handoff-supporting browser and back again. Sure, it's not a terribly exciting implementation of the feature, but the video was just insane enough that we had to bring it to you.