All Articles by Derek Kessler

iBeacons in grocery stores leading to more engaged customers

It turns out that getting iBeacon-triggered notifications really does help to increase user engagement. That's the judgement of inMarket, a firm that's been installing iBeacons in grocery stores across the nation. The iBeacons, set to trigger notifications on nearby devices with specific apps installed (including inMarket partners like Epicurious), have led to a 19-fold increase in "interactions with advertised products."

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The Daily Show takes on Google Glass: 'Do you hear what you're saying?'

The Daily Show has turned its satirical lens onto Google Glass. Stories of Google Glass Explorers getting attacked, harassed, and expelled from venues are nothing new anymore, though to the average person seeing somebody walking around with Glass, it can be a touch unnerving. As Comedy Central's The Daily Show is apt to do, they dug into that uncomfortableness with comic results.

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iTunes Store, App Store, Apple TV experiencing server problems, don't panic

Update: iTunes services appear to be coming back online, though it make take some time to restore services for everybody and all devices.

Original story follows.

The iTunes Store and App Store are currently down for some people in some parts of the world, taking with it a bunch of the iTunes ecosystem. You aren't going to be downloading any movies, music, or TV shows, you won't be streaming off iTunes Radio, and your Apple TV won't even let you watch any such items. Poof, they're gone. iMessage, FaceTime, and other Apple web services don't appear to be affected.

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Apple's new employee cafeteria is nicer than any cafeteria you've ever been in

Between the glass, concrete, steel, wood, and trees, what we have here might be the nicest cafeteria on the planet. It's no surprise that it comes from Apple, purveyor of fine modern architecture and a few electronic gizmos. Apple's new cafeteria in Cupertino, not far from their existing Infinite Loop campus, is a massive space that would be instantly recognizable as an Apple structure.

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Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack [update]

Update: It looks like Feedly was able to neutralize the DDoS attack that crippled the news reader service for hours today. "We have neutralized DDoS attack that began at 2:04am PST last night," the company wrote in a blog post, noting that "it might take a few hours for some of the 40 millions feeds we poll to be fully updated." Feedly should work now on the website and through various apps.

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Apple building their own 1,000-member in-house ad team

Apple has always set a high bar with their advertising, and that high bar has led to frustration with their long-time partner TBWA/MAL and the formation of an internal advertising team that Apple hopes to build to one thousand members. That's a huge team, and as previously reported, they're already producing work for Apple.

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Any Sprint customer, even those with old phones, can enroll in insurance this month

Normally the offer is off the table the instant you walk out the door with your new phone, but for the month of June any customer on Sprint will be able walk back in that door of no return and purchase insurance for their device. The offer doesn't change the price or service at all — it's still $11-a-month for the Ausurion-provided loss/theft/damage replacement, or $13/month for Total Equipment Protection Plus which adds in data protection as well. Prepaid customers on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can get coverage for $8 each month.

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T-Mobile confirms that Wi-Fi calling is coming to iPhones on their network with iOS 8

T-Mobile has confirmed that iPhones on their network will be able to take advantage of the Wi-Fi calling feature that the US carrier has offered since 2007. Among all of the big announcements today about iOS 8 at WWDC 2014, Apple also had their customary slide of "all the rest" of the many other features small-medium-and-arguably-kind-of-large that they didn't have time to mention in the marathon two-hour event. Among them was Wi-Fi calling.

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Rewatch and relive the magic of WWDC 2014!

The embers still are warm from the WWDC 2014 keynote, but that hasn't stopped Apple from posting the entire keynote for your rewatching pleasure. It streamed live, yes, but now the complete two-hour event is available for streaming again. Unlike the live stream, however, this one doesn't require you be using Safari to make it work. So who is up for some iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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WWDC 2014 swag bag includes App Store gift card and conference jacket

Years from now, people will gaze upon this coat and as "Where did you get such a fine and luxurious garment?" And you will be able to answer, "WWDC 2014." Registering for WWDC has never been a cheap affair, and this year developers are being gifted with a black jacket embroidered with the WWDC14 wordmark and a $25 gift card for use in the App Store.

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T-Mobile merger with Sprint looks more likely as Softbank and Deutsche Telekom agree on sale

Softbank is making an end-run around concerns about a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US by instead hitting up T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom. As reported by Japanese news agency Kyodo, Japan-based Softbank has entered into an agreement with Germany-based Deutsche Telekom to buy the latter's ownership stake in US carrier T-Mobile. The US Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice have expressed their concerns about the potential for such consolidation in the US cellular market, and the move by Softbank would likely end up still being heavily scrutinized.

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First beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 seeded to developers

It wasn't that long ago that the OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 update was sent to users, but today Apple seeded the first beta of the 10.9.4 update to developers. There's no word right now what's in OS X 10.9.4, but if we had to guess we'd say it's more bug fixes for Mavericks and possibly some back-end tweaks to help with the coming update and transition to OS X 10.10 Syrah (which we'll be learning more about next week at WWDC 2014).

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Southwest Airlines app introduces mobile ticketing

Budget U.S. airliner Southwest Airlines has added mobile boarding passes to their mobile apps on Android and iOS. The update brings functionality to Southwest's app that competing carriers have offered for some time: just load up your boarding pass code on your smartphone and scan it on your way through security and when boarding your plane. Not only does it save on paper, it's more convenient with automatic location-based availability.

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Apple/Beats deal now rumored to have lower price tag

Apple's deal to purchase Beats is reportedly being dialed back a bit, though at $3 billion it's still quite the acquisition. The deal, which has yet to be formally announced, was first leaked three weeks ago, with a price tag of $3.2 billion. Apparently the negotiations weren't near complete, and the massive leaks around the acquisition, not to mention the profane boasting of Beats co-founder Dr. Dre and a report that Beats Music had as few as 110,000 subscribers did not help things much.

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Display chip maker rumored to have been courted by Apple now turning to Synaptics

Apple's rumored half-billion-dollar acquisition of LCD chip manufacturer Renesas is rumored no more, with Renesas instead turning to Synaptics for a sale. Synaptics, a manufacturer of touchpads and touch sensors, as well as a fellow Apple component supplier, is reported to be the only company being considered by Renesas for a sale.

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Apple will live stream WWDC 2014 keynote, promises 'exciting announcements'

Next Monday, June 2nd, will see Tim Cook and Apple's executive team take the keynote stage for WWDC 2014, and those of us that aren't able to make it out to San Francisco will still be able to watch it live online. Apple today announced that the keynote will be streamed live on their website, and is promising "exciting announcements". What specifically, Apple as usual is coy and not dropping any hints. Of course, iMore will be there live and in person to bring you all the latest.

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Single Spotify account breached in bizarre compromise, iOS user data reportedly safe

Spotify today announced that their serves has suffered breach, providing somebody somewhere unauthorized access to their systems and "internal company data". But in a strange twist, Spotify's internal investigation into the matter turned up evidence of only one user's data having been accessed, and that data did not include anything you might consider sensitive (e.g. password or payment information). While the breach has prompted Spotify to advise Android users to update their app, they aren't recommending any action for iOS or Windows Phone users.

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Apple rumored to be preparing new home automation system for possible WWDC 2014 launch

Apple is reported to have a home automation system in the works, with a reveal set for next week's WWDC 2014 conference. The move, which would be taking on floundering efforts by Google and Samsung, would be a big leap for Apple. Though Apple has over the years released a few components here or there for the home (see: iPod Hi-Fi), they've typically left most of the electronic accessories work to third parties.

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Nest recalling 440,000 Protect smoke alarms, providing refunds

Nearly two months after issuing a sales stop of the Nest Protect connected smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, the product is being recalled. The recall, issued through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, affects all 440,000 Nest Protects out there, and owners are eligible for either a repair of the unit (in the form of a software update) or a refund.

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Facebook will make it even easier to tell your friends what you're watching or listening to

There's an update coming down the pike for the official Facebook app that will enable users to automatically tag the music and TV that they're listening/watching in their status updates. As demoed in the video above, the system works by tapping a button when creating a new status — not unlike the "moods" feature Facebook added last year, and then it uses audio ID software to identify the music, TV show, or movie that is blasting its sounds into your vicinity, and then tags your status with that information.

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