All Articles by Derek Kessler

Bentley's latest ad was shot with iPhones and assembled on an iPad and it looks amazing

Bentley has released a new ad that touches their cars that you're likely to never be able to afford, but in an interesting twist the entire thing was recorded with a few iPhone 5s handsets and assembled using an iPad Air. Granted, they're using fancy add-on lenses and motorized rigs that you probably don't have. And they got to edit it in the back of a $300,000 Bentley Mulsanne. But otherwise, it's just like the videos you can make with your iPhone and iPad.

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iTunes 11.2 update focuses on podcast improvements

In addition to today's update to OS X Mavericks, Apple also today released an update to iTunes. Bringing the music/movies/tv/apps/syncing app to version 11.2 is a host of improvements for podcast listeners.

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Mac OS X 10.9.3 brings improved 4K support to Mavericks

Fire up the Mac App Store, people, Mac OS X 10.9.3 is now available. The update brings a handful of improvements to Mavericks, including 4K display support for the new Mac Pro and late-2013 MacBook Pro laptops. Also included is the ability to sync contacts and calendars with an iOS device over USB (or, you know, you could just use iCloud or any other cloud service).

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Shazam will tell you more about that annoying FirstLook movie theater pre-show

Shazam and NCM Media Networks today announced a new partnership that will see the audio-ID service tying into NCM's FirstLook movie theater pre-shows. By opening the Shazam app when FirstLook is playing in AMC, Cinemark, and Regal theaters, you'll be able to get more info about whatever advertised content is filling the screen.

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Students get iOS apps running on an Android device

A group of Columbia University students have demonstrated a proof-of-concept implementation of iOS apps running on an Android device. The compatibility layer, dubbed "Cider" (get it? Apple? Cider?) isn't an emulator or virtual machine as you might expect — no, it's a compatibility layer designed to allow natively-coded Objective C apps to run on Android. In this case, they're demoing it on a last-generation Nexus 7.

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iPhone 6 rumored to have larger, 1704 x 960 display

A new report indicates that Apple's testing of a larger iPhone 6 display has included a 1704x960 resolution screen. The current iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have 4-inch 1136x640 displays, and the larger iPhone 6 at this rumored resolution would both have an even-sharper screen and make updating of apps an easier task. As is typical of Apple, the 1704x960 resolution was chosen quite deliberately.

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Norway deems iCloud agreement 'convoluted and unclear', breaks law

Forbrukerrådet, the Norwegian Consumer Council (we're just going to call them that going forward) is accusing Apple of breaking Norwegian law with their iCloud terms and conditions. At issue is that the aforementioned terms and conditions reserve many legal rights for Apple, and practically none for the users. The Norwegian Consumer Council has lodged a complaint with the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman over the issue.

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Apple's switch to expedited return shipping cuts refund time in half

By switching to expedited shipping for customer returns, Apple has cut the amount of time needed to process online order refunds from 10 days to under a week. The change, according to customer service analysis firm StellaService, comes on Apple's switch to using FedEx 2Day shipping, which gets the returns back to Apple faster than other retailers.

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Griffin's new iPad keyboards come with a wire

The vast majority of physical keyboards sold for iOS devices these days are of the Bluetooth variety, but not the newest keyboards by Griffin. They're wired. The two new keyboards, one with a Lightning Connector, the other the old-school 30-pin dock connector, are meant primarily for educational use, as there's no need to bother with pairing — just plug it in and go.

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The genesis of the Apple + Beats tie-up: Beats Music

With Apple's rumored multi-billion-dollar purchase of Beats still leading to scratching of heads, we might have an idea of what Tim Cook and company are after in the purchase: Beats Music. Of course, there's nothing official about any of it yet. Apple's own streaming iTunes Radio services hasn't taken off as well as Apple or the music industry would have liked, apparently they saw something they liked in Beats Music, something worth a $3.2 billion acquisition.

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iOS 8 rumored to bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad

Apple's iPad is reported to be getting amped-up multi-tasking through a split-screen mechanism in iOS 8. The feature would be a stark departure for iOS, which though supporting multitasking apps, has only ever allowed a device to display one running app at a time. Taking advantage of the larger screen real estate of the iPad makes sense, with a line drawn down the middle of the screen with one app on each side. The multitasking component has been a selling point pushed hard by Microsoft, though sales of Microsoft-based tablets haven't put even a slight dent in the iPad's marketshare. Samsung, however, has been beating that drum more effectively with their Multi-window feature.

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LG's Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones going on sale this month

Announced back at CES 2014, the LG Lifeband Touch fitness band and LG Heart Rate Earphones are due to go on sale this month. The Lifeband Touch, with its curved OLED display and motion-tracking sensors is due to hit shelves on May 18th, as are the heart-rate-tracking Bluetooth-connected Heart Rate Earphones (such an inspired name there).

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Twitter rolling out ability to mute accounts to its official apps

Rejoice! Twitter now has a mute button! Well, it's more so a mute option, to be hidden nuder the profile settings gear in web client as well as the official Twitter apps for Android and iOS, but there's a mute option coming to Twitter regardless. Merely select that option for the user that's getting to be too much for you and they'll be silenced out of your existence. It's that simple.

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Place orders for in-store pickup with the new Square Order app

Square's new online ordering app, the aptly named Order, is now available in New York City and San Francisco. The app allows users to place and pay for orders online at participating business, and then go pick it up in the store.

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Sprint begins throttling users in congested areas

Despite what the "unlimited" plan might make you think, Sprint is exercising their right to throttle back on users they've deemed as using too much data. Heavy use contract customers on Sprint, as well as prepaid customers on Sprint-based MVNOs Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, have been hit with warnings that starting next month Sprint will be engaging in "prioritization management" in congested areas.

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iPad continues to dominate J.D. Power tablet satisfaction ratings

Ever since J.D. Power started measuring consumer satisfaction with their tablets, the Apple iPad has ruled the rankings, and this year is no different. The latest satisfaction poll from J.D. Power shows Apple leading the pack, though trailed closely by Samsung, Asus, and Amazon.

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Reports of iPhone 4 death/undeath in India have been greatly exaggerated [Updated]

Update: It sounds as though reports of the iPhone 4's death in India may have been greatly exaggerated. Instead, we're hearing it's nothing more than the normal changes in inventory levels associated with the timing of manufacturing runs. Of course, given the pattern of Apple's yearly product cycle to date, productions runs on the iPhone 4 will no doubt slow down and stop altogether at some point. However, that again wouldn't be unique to India. Just business as usual for Apple.

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Sonos shows off their hot new Controller app

Sonos announced several weeks back that they were going to have a new version of their Controller app coming, and though they've had users beta testing it for a while, today we're getting our first glimpse at how it looks. And it looks good.

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Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'

It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.

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Apple donates $500,000 to help fight poverty in San Francisco

Apple has donated half a million dollars to a San Francisco anti-poverty initiative. The donation, as reported by Fortune, to the SF Gives charity, joins similar donations from other leading Silicon Valley firms like Google and LinkedIn. Apple, like late co-founder Steve Jobs, has been famously quiet about their charitable donations, though they've been opening up under current CEO Tim Cook.

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