Apple reportedly cutting Samsung’s share of next iPhone chip production.

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Like every iPhone processor before it, the A8 chip in Apple’s next flagship phone will still be made by Samsung, but according to Korean daily Hankyung, the majority of the manufacturing will be handled by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Citing industry sources, the newspaper reported Sunday that TSMC will be responsible for 60 to 70 percent of the manufacturing of the A8 processor, with the remainder going to Samsung. The South Korea-based company has reportedly signed a deal to manufacture the chip, though it the contract is estimated to cover just 30 to 40 percent of total production for the A8.

A report published last week revealed that Samsung manufactured the A7 processor in the recently released iPhone 5S, though recent reports have indicated that Apple is looking to lessen its dependence upon its rival amid ongoing legal battles and the race for smartphone supremacy. The company signed a deal with TSMC in June to begin chip production in 2014, though Apple was expected to rely on Samsung for the majority of manufacturing through next year. Today’s report suggests that within Apple’s supply chain, the transition is already underway.

Source: The Verge.

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Dropbox for Mac adds ‘Import from iPhoto,’ more features.

Dropbox has released version 2.4 of its OS X desktop client that adds a number of new features including the ability to import photos directly from iPhoto into your Dropbox. The “Import from iPhoto” feature is only supported with iPhoto 7.0 or later. The feature prompts a notification to appear in the Dropbox menu if you have photos in your iPhoto library. You can then set iPhoto Events to be imported automatically into a folder called “Photos from iPhoto” with subfolders for each event.

In addition to the Import from iPhoto even, Dropbox 2.4 also adds:

  • Screenshot to Dropbox: any screenshots taken on your Mac will be automatically saved in your Dropbox.
  • Move to Dropbox: a contextual menu item that will show up for most files or folders outside of your Dropbox enabling you to quickly move them to your Dropbox.
  • Support for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Much faster upload/download speeds for large files.

Dropbox 2.4 can be downloaded here.

Source: TUAW.

Turn Your iPhone Into An ‘iFruit’ With This GTA 5 Skin.

If you’re reading this, chances are fairly high you’ve spent some time playing Grand Theft Auto 5. (As you should) If you have, you’re probably familiar with the Apple knockoff company in the game “iFruit”. Well if your characters’ iFruit phones have been making you jealous, you can now have one of your very own.

MobileFun is selling its own custom “iFruit Conversion” skins, which are designed to make your iPhone 5 or 5S look like the iFruit phones from GTA 5. The skin’s simply a black case with the “iFruit” name and logo on the back, but it could definitely be a cool thing to have if you’re a fan of the game.

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The case costs $12.99 and is only available for the iPhone 5 or 5S. (Sorry new 5C owners) It’s also only available in black. (Sorry gold aficionados) You can order it online right here.

Source: Macgasm.

iTunes Radio for iOS review.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ITUNES RADIO FOR IOS, WHO IT’S SUITED FOR, AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD BE USING IT

Apple launched iTunes Radio for both iPhone and iPad as part of the Music app iniOS 7. iTunes Radio is Apple’s attempt at giving us a streaming music service that’s already bundled with the Music app we already know and use every day.

Considering iTunes is one of the largest music collections in the world, it makes perfect sense. Even better, for iTunes Match subscribers, the service is completely free with not one single ad. For those that don’t subscribe to iTunes Match, it’s still free, just ad supported. It’s a compelling option either way but does it live up to the hype?

To preface this, I’ll start by saying that I’m a subscriber to not just one streaming music service, but three. I regularly listen to Songza, Rdio and DI.fm, two of which made our list of best streaming music apps for iPhone. To me, all three of these serve different purposes. Rdio is my go to streaming service when I want to dictate what I listen to or if I want to listen to things offline. There’s no limit on how much music I can store for offline use. As long as I have the storage space and I’m paying my subscription fee, it’s mine to listen to. Songza is my choice when I don’t want to take the time to find music and create playlists. If I want one curated for me to fit my mood or the type of activity I’m doing, Songza creates great ones every single time. I couldn’t have been happier when CrackBerry Kevin recommended it to me. DI.fm has been my go-to service for electronic music for years and has one of the best collections in the world. If you love electronic, I don’t need to tell you what DI.fm is.

As you can see from the above preface, I’m somewhat of a streaming addict. In order for iTunes Match to replace my current music flow, it’s got to bring quite a bit to the table. But does it?

For starters, iTunes Radio is bundled with the default Music app we all know and love, or hate. Either way, if you want to use iTunes Radio, you’re stuck with it. To get to iTunes Radio, just launch the Music app and it’s the very first tab in the Music app by default, unless of course you’ve moved them around. On the top you’ve got featured stations that are curated by the iTunes staff. You can scroll sideways through these stations to view even more. Tapping on any one of them will start streaming.

Underneath the Featured Stations section you’ve got the My Stations section which is where you can create your own custom stations using iTunes Radio. Just tap on the “+” sign and search for something you’d like to create a station based on. This can be an artist, genre, or a specific song or album. You can edit your My Stations section as well and delete any you aren’t using or re-order them so your favorites are towards the top of your list.

In my experience, iTunes has never been very organized to begin with so I was very skeptical as to how it was pulling music from its library into curated playlists. I’ve always had a large bone to pick with the electronic section of iTunes where many artists appear that really should not ever be listed there, not by a long shot. I know it’s a harder genre to curate but come on Apple, you could hire someone that actually listens to that kind of music to curate it. As I expected, certain playlists, especially more obscure genres, pull in songs that really shouldn’t be there. iTunes Radio gives you the option to dislike songs but it’s somewhat of a double edged sword. Maybe I do like that song, I just don’t want it to play in the current playlist I’m listening to because it doesn’t fit. What do you do then?

Now I won’t say that iTunes Radio is terrible at curating playlists because it isn’t. More common genres are selected and served up just fine and for the folks who listen to that kind of thing, they’ll be perfectly happy. You can also tune the stations in iTunes Radio with three different modes; Hits, Variety, and Discovery. Hits will only play things that are currently hot on the charts while Variety goes just a little outside of that. The Discovery mode is what I’ve been using and I’ve found it gives a much better overall blend of a genre. Basically, if you hate the radio because you get tired of hearing the same 10 songs, Discovery mode is something you want to enable on all your iTunes Radio stations.

When it comes to training iTunes Radio about your likes and dislikes, tapping the star icon next to any song that’s currently playing lets you tell iTunes Radio to play more like it, never play that song again, or add it to your Wish List. From the main menu of iTunes Radio, you can tap the History button in the upper left hand corner in order to view things you’ve recently listened to as well as view your Wish List and purchase music from it.

iTunes Radio ties into iTunes to allow you to easily purchase music in pretty much one to two taps. If you find a song you want to actually purchase, just tap on the price and you end up on the iTunes Store page for that particular item. Buy what you’d like and you’re done. If you’re the type who purchases a lot of music, iTunes Radio is a wonderful way to discover new music all the time.

If you’re a subscription model type, you may take issue with iTunes Radio. For people currently using services like Rdio or Spotify that have become accustomed to being able to store music for offline use, you can’t do this with iTunes Radio. You need an active internet connection in order to use it so if that’s a deal breaker for you, iTunes Radio won’t become your one stop streaming service any time soon.

The good

  • iTunes is one of the largest music collections in the world, there’s plenty of music to listen to
  • It’s free as long as you’re okay with ads
  • iTunes Match subscribers get ad-free listening and for $24.99 a year, that’s a deal that’s hard to beat
  • iTunes Radio is bundled with the default Music app which means less apps to install and manage

The bad

  • From disappearing completely from the Music app to stopping mid-stream, I feel like iTunes Radio is still a beta, not the finished product I expected
  • iTunes organization of genres has never been great, it carries through to iTunes Radio, especially in more obscure genres
  • No offline listening
  • Custom playlists are non-existent

The bottom line

For casual music listeners that either don’t mind ads or already subscribe to iTunes Match and stream their collection, iTunes Radio is a decent offering that costs you not a penny more than what you’re already paying. If your music listening needs extend past this, you’re most likely going to take issue with the service. Custom built playlists are non-existent as is offline listening. If those are important to you, iTunes Radio just won’t do.

Perhaps my biggest issue with iTunes Radio is that it still feels very beta. From it completely disappearing from the Music app to freezing while adding playlists, it’s not a very consistent user experience. At least not right now. Hopefully these are issues Apple will address over time to make it a better option that people can actually rely on. Until then, I may use iTunes Radio occasionally but I don’t plan on canceling any of the current music streaming services I’ve been relying on either.

iOS 7 and motion sickness: What you can do, and where you can learn more.

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One of the most amazing new features of iOS 7 is that it’s built on top of a physics and particle engine, allowing almost any and every element to come alive with movement – shifting, colliding, bouncing, floating, and more. It looks and feels like a game space. And therein lies a problem for some people. It’s reportedly making them motion sick.

I have a friend who can’t play 3D games or watch 3D movies on big screens for more than a few minutes without feeling sick and having to stop. Another with Labyrinthitis that’s, off-and-on, threatened his ability to get around and even stay standing. I myself can’t read for long in a moving vehicle without getting nauseous and having to stop. None of us have had a problem with iOS 7 to date, but for those who do, it can be a show-stopper level problem. Craig Grannell has been tracking the issue closely, and has written about it on Revert to Saved:

Despite this, I worry a little about iOS 7, on the basis of my own problems with motion sickness. I’ve heard the parallax effect (a known trigger) can be disabled, but Charles Skoda has written about new motion-sickness triggers in Messages, and this on a system already packed full of large/full-screen transitions, which are also a big problem on OS X.

You can keep up with his information campaign by following him on Twitter@CraigGrannell. You can also email accessibility@apple.com and go to Apple’s feedback page and let them know exactly what causes you problems. (Heartfelt emails to Apple executives have been known to get responses, at the very least, in the past as well.)

For many people the iOS 7 parallax effect is cool, dynamic wallpapers amazing, the Messages bubbles fun, the folder and app zooming transportive, and so on and so on. For those for whom they trigger motion sickness, they’re off-putting, nauseating, or simply impossible to use.

Parallax can be turned off in Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. So can Dynamic wallpapers in Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness. Message bubble bouncing, folder and app zooming, not so much. Apple also provides UI Dynamics as an application programming interface (API) so developers can more easily add some of those effects to their own apps.Those often can’t be turned off either. That some of the effects can be turned off means Apple probably foresaw at least part of the issue. That all can’t means they probably didn’t foresee enough of it.

If 3D games bother you, it sucks but you can avoid playing them. If reading in a car, train, bus, or plane bothers you, that sucks too but you can listen to or watch something else. If the entire operating system discombobulates you, you have far fewer options other than seeking out an alternate platform.

I don’t know enough about either medicine or programming to know if higher frame rates, faster animations, or less fiddly movements would help, or if there’s any practical way to add a big honking toggle in Settings that turns off all physics-based animations throughout the OS. All I know is that attention levels need raising.

Source: iMore.

iPhone 5s Compass Way Off Base, Users Say.

Direct from Cult of Mac HQ - something's dodgy here.

You might not want to use your iPhone 5s to find your way out of the woods just yet.

A number of users are reporting that their iPhone 5s compass and level are showing incorrect values when placed on flat surfaces. It might be a hardware issue, leaving Apple with a costly hardware recall or replacement issue. The problem could also point to a software snafu that needs speedy patching.

The problem was first spotted on by “tharepairguy” on a forum thread over at Mac Rumors. He set his iPhone 5s and his iPhone 4 to magnetic north. The iPhone 4 reads 179 south, while the iPhone 5s reads 165 south. His car compass confirms the iPhone 4 reading.

He then checked the level app on each phone. The iPhone 4 showed a surface to be level, as did two other Johnson analog levels. The iPhone 5s? -4 degrees.

Unscientific tests in the Cult of Mac newsroom show the accuracy is off the charts. And not in a good way, as you can see from the photo above. We’ve got a Casio watch compass then an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 4 lined up together, and something is definitely not accurate.

Back at the forums are four pages of posts with a large number of users reporting similar differences in readings between their older phones and their newer iPhone 5s devices. A few folks chime in saying this is no big deal, but for the majority of posters, it’s a big enough deal.

If the gyroscope is off, the consequences could be as minimal as having racing games not work properly: a couple of posters say their cars drift to the right when the iPhone 5s is set on a flat table. On the other hand, an incorrect compass reading could, in fact, put someone’s life in danger if they use their iPhone 5s to navigate with.

The original poster says he got a call from Apple support telling him to recalibrate the sensor by plugging the iPhone 5s into a wall charger, turn on Do Not Disturb and to not touch the device for over 90 minutes. Other forum members report trying this (one for over three hours) with no positive results.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Cult of Mac.

The eleMount may be fancier than the device it holds.

What is the eleMount?

The eleMount is an aluminum mount for your car, desktop and more that’s compatible with “virtually all handheld mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad mini. The CNC machined mount places the device on a pedestal that sticks to any flat surface to keep the device at a comfortable viewing angle.

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It does this by…well, I’ll let ele explain:

Using proprietary elePads, the base of the mount sticks to any flat surface, and the top securely adheres to mobile devices regardless of their size or generation, and even if they are in protective cases. The eleMount base also unscrews to reveal another layer of functionality—a 1/4″ 20 thread that connects to tripods for improved smartphone photography and videography. The super strong eleMount eliminates the need for unsightly suction cups and locks, while bringing a refined and polished accent piece to your home, office or car. eleMount is available today on Kickstarter.com for $59 to early bird backers.

If you’ve used any kind of dash or window mount in your car, you know what they mean by “unsightly suction cups and locks,” because that’s pretty much all they are. No more cheap-looking (but very functional, I must admit) bulky plastic; with its bead-blasted and anodized finish, the eleMount looks like a feature of your car, not an afterthought.

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And yet, it’s not just for your car; the eleMount can go wherever you go

It can detach and re-mount simply, without leaving any sticky residue for ultimate portability. eleMount works as a car mount to place your smartphone on your windshield or dashboard for easy navigation and hands free calling. It can also be used as a desk mount for easy FaceTime, message checking, video watching and song selection. It will hold your tablet up while in the kitchen, so you can easily check a recipe mid-chop. You can even use eleMount to mount your smartphone or tablet on a tripod. Simply unscrew the eleMount base to reveal a 1/4” 20 thread that you can connect to your tripod of choice. Photographers can use this setting to capture unforgettable time lapse images using their smartphone or tablet.

The eleMount is also available in the eleMount mini model, which is designed specifically for the smartphone photographer and videographer. This camera mount has the same eleMount design minus the elePad base. It allows mobile devices to be attached to camera equipment that supports standard 1/4″ 20 threads. eleMount mini’s universal design allows it to be used with virtually any smartphone or small tablet, even with protective cases. It’s a quality accessory that instantly ups your smartphone photography and videography capabilities.

The eleMount is compatible with iPhone 4/4S/5, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy S3,  Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and most other handheld mobile devices.

Why should you support the eleMount?

Pretty much only because you want it. The eleMount is already funded, after all with 54 days to go (at press time). So, at this point, it’s all about incentives. At $49, you’ll get a limited edition black or silver eleMount mini, with the full eleMount coming in at $59. For $129 or more, you can get an eleMount mini and an eleMount either silver or the limited edition black.

An additional benefit to the eleMount’s design is that’ll likely be able to grow with you. Unlike some plastic mounts designed for a specific device, the open grip of the eleMount means it won’t automatically become obsolete when you upgrade your phone, and that it’ll likely work with most of the devices you currently own.

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Delivery of the eleMount is currently estimated for December, and those outside the U.S. will need to add $20 on top of their pledge.

Where can I find out more about the eleMount?

The eleMount Kickstarter campaign runs through October 4th. Additional details can also be found elephantele.com.

To accommodate the new iPhone 5s models, the company has announced a new stretch goal. If the Kickstarter campaign reaches $200,000 by October 4th, a gold model to match the gold iPhone 5s will be released.

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The campaign is just shy of $140,000 at the time of this update, so if you’ve got your gold iPhone 5s ordered (or in your hand), hurry in to offer your support.

Source:  AppleTell.