• Tuesday Morning News

    Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi are set to make an appearance at this year's revamped Code Conference, reports Re/code. The new Code Conference picks up where the All Things Digital conference left off, with the CEO of General Motors and the CEO of Microsoft already confirmed as guests. Cue and Federighi occupy the same place that CEO Tim Cook would have taken, and I'm sure they'll have equally as important and interesting things to say when the conference kicks off in late May.

    9to5Mac reports new MacBook Airs are likely to launch tomorrow, and the specs suggest it'll be a very minor spec bump and not the all-new 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display you've been waiting for. Still, at least Apple will be keeping up with the times**will we see price adjustments for Australia too, or did they do that already?

    A profile of incoming Senior VP of Retail and Online Angela Ahrendts says she'll be bringing her own touch to Apple Retail stores. Just as long as it isn't the same touch John Browett brought, which saw him fired from the position after just six months on the job. CNET's extensive profile also says Ahrendts will bring a fresh perspective to the technology-focused Apple, coming from a fashion/consumer background.

    The latest smartphone sales share numbers say that while Android is still the dominant platform in Australia with 57.3% of the pie, they actually fell 4.3% compared to the year-ago quarter. IOS, on the other hand, gained two percentage points compared to the year-ago quarter, up from 31.1% to 33.1%. Windows Phone is still a distant third, reports TechCrunch. Meanwhile, Benedict Evans' smart analysis of iPad sales figures and tablet growth suggest that Apple's revenue has stopped growing, and that tablets will continue to "eat away" at traditional laptop and desktop sales. But perhaps that's not the entire story, says Ben Bajarin of Techpinions. There's a definite divide between the consumer and commerical tablet markets, and maybe that's enough to make a difference.

    9to5Mac has revealed the existence of a major security hole that allowed access to developer personal information. The now-patched flaw allowed anyone with access to Apple's Radar bug-reporting app to lookup the personal information of registered developers, including the name, phone number, and email address. Apple has since patched the flaw after 9to5Mac drew their attention to it.

    Skype used to offer free group video calls on the Mac, but they dropped it in favour of a paid version a few years back. Now they're bringing free group video calls back to the Mac (and other platforms), a feature I'll note FaceTime doesn't have. Free group video calls are now available on the desktop version of Skype, with mobile versions soon to follow.

    What is iBeacon, and what is it used for? Can you use it to gamify the experience of a pub crawl in New York City? (Yes.) Are there sunnies you can buy which have iBeacons inbuilt to prevent loss, as well as act as marketing when on store shelves? (Yes, by an Australian company too). Steve Cheney has more thoughts on potential iBeacon usage which you can read on his website, including how iBeacons solve many "last mile" issues for producers as well as consumers.

    The New York Times published a story about one Apple engineer who contributed to the development of Mobile Safari for the original iPhone. Now, he's an indie game developer who previously sold a startup to Motorola for $20 million, but his story about the development of the original iPhone (and his interactions with Steve Jobs) are still worth a read.

    There aren't many times I'm jealous of jailbreak users, especially not when malware exists to steal user credentials. But this isn't one of those times Stride 2 is a gesture-based unlock mechanism for the iPhone that's more free-form (and, you would think, more secure) than a simple (or even complex) passcode.

    Jason Snell writes for Macworld about why Newsstand needs to go away. Automatically downloading new editions of magazine and newspapers might have been a good idea at the time, but clinging to old paradigms when we have all this advanced technology at our disposal never is. Push notifications may be annoying at the best of times, but they're more or less instantaneous, not just daily.
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