• Thursday Morning News

    Apple is now piloting a program in retail stores globally to help improve maps for iOS 6. According to various sources, retail store employees are being asked on a voluntary basis to submit corrections and improvements to maps, prompting speculation maps needs a little more help than previously thought.

    Apple is now involved with Australian company Microlatch for fingerprint security technology, according to AppleInsider. Microlatch has advanced tech that meets banking security standards without any kind of expensive computational requirements or storage, which means we could see a serious push into the financial space from Apple sooner, rather than later. NFC payments, anyone?

    Australia has consumer protection laws and statutory rights that mean, under certain circumstances, you're covered under a manufacturer warranty for various periods that might be outside of any stated warranty by the manufacturer. Which is interesting, because Apple is facing an investigation in the EU for "misleading" warranties. Perhaps something similar needs to happen in Australia *and not just for Apple, either.

    Tapbots have released Netbot, what is essentially Tweetbot, except for social network App.Net. It's very similar to the Tweetbot you know and love, except for the social network you probably don't. More importantly, it's also the first iPad client for App.Net; MacStories has the full review.

    Lightning adapters still aren't anywhere to be seen, and cables are in short supply, and now iLounge has a reason why: Apple recently tightened the Made for iPod/iPhone rules, meaning that third-party manufacturers will only be able to source Lightning components from Apple-approved factories. What's more, Apple hasn't actually approved any factories just yet meaning Lightning accessories will be a little scarce for a little while more.

    To put it lightly, iOS 6 has been a pretty mixed bag thus far. Some things have been welcome changes (Do Not Disturb, reduced Maps data usage), whilst others have literally been criticised all around the world (Maps, mostly), but what features have been removed? Ars Technica posts about the removal of App Store gifting, the strange disconnect between the Music and Podcasts app, and more.

    The New York Times has a new web app, and it's built entirely with HTML5. It's tagged as experimental *the Times says they're not skirting Apple's Newsstand, they just want to be wherever their readers are. In this case, HTML5 makes sense.

    Push to talk is a fairly standard feature on the PC side of things, but Mac apps such as Skype don't seem to support it. Never fear, because Shush by Mizage apps has you covered, letting you add push-to-talk support to any app that involves microphone or line-in input.

    Evernote's recent update to Skitch didn't win any favours from fans of the image annotation tool, and it doesn't look like that will change anytime soon: the CEO has said they don't want to be the next MS Paint. It looks like they're pretty set on moving Evernote and Skitch into a different direction.

    Today in Apple Support articles: don't use palm rest covers on your Retina MacBook Pro, as it could result in damage to the display when you close it due to tight tolerances of the display resting position. Good to know!

    Above image: I'm not sure I'd get a FireWire logo inked into my flesh, but even I have to admit Stephen Hackett's dogcow tattoo is pretty cool. I'd consider a Thunderbolt logo, though. Maybe.
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