Google this week announced that it is shutting down its messaging app Google Allo [iOS Direct Link], and incorporating many of its features into the Messages app on Android smartphones. Google Allo is an expanded messaging app that lets users send GIFs, text from their desktops, and use Smart Reply.
Now, Google says to continue Messages‘ momentum it has decided to „stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.“ Many of Allo’s features have already been integrated into Messages, and Allo will continue to work through March 2019. Until then, users will be able to export all existing conversations from the app. Because Google’s main Messages app [...]
Apple is reportedly in negotiations to purchase the rights to Israeli drama series „Nevelot“ (or, „Bastards“), which is described as a violent and mature drama series (via CNBC). Richard Gere could star in the adaptation, which is being written and created by „Homeland“ creator Howard Gordon and „Law and Order: SVU“ showrunner Warren Leight.
Image via Variety / Rex Features Apple is said to be in a bidding war with Showtime, FX, and Amazon for the show, which revolves around two military veterans who go on a killing spree targeting young people, „because they believe today’s kids don’t understand the sacrifices of [...]
Continuing improvements to Apple’s popular AirPods wireless earphones will trigger an intense round of ear-device innovation and competition in 2019 as tech companies look to other avenues for growth amid declining smartphone sales, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a research note published today and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted that AirPods, which are the most successful current Apple product, will rapidly grow in popularity next year when upgraded models appear, with many brands to follow Apple’s steps with their own competing products. Kuo also laid out how he expects the in-ear devices to evolve over the coming years in the context of [...]
Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables should be available from select third-party accessory makers starting early next year.
Last week, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone or „MFi“ licensing program that Lightning to USB-C cables for charging and syncing are now permitted to be manufactured. These cables require a new Lightning connector with part number C94, which Made for iPhone program members can now order.
Apple is selling the new Lightning connector to eligible hardware manufacturers for $2.88 per, and it is estimated to ship in six weeks, according to documentation shared with MacRumors by Hong Kong website ChargerLab. [...]