Developers explain what Apple must do to turn Apple TV into a successful gaming platform

It’s no secret that the Apple TV hasn’t exactly turned into the gaming platform Apple had hoped it would be. Last month, Minecraft developers announced that they were ending support for the Apple TV, while other developers have also expressed concern for the future of Apple TV gaming. Now, ArsTechnica has talked with a handful […]

Review: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular further establishes an emerging computing platform

The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular takes a major step forward in making Apple’s wrist-worn device its own independent, connected computing platform. Simply put, it’s a must-have for athletes in the Apple ecosystem, and a wearable device worth considering for many other non-fitness use cases. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Snapchat VP says more scripted content should arrive on the platform this year

The effort and innovation of social media services over the last year has been steadily ramping up. Snapchat in particular has been copied by Instagram and Facebook in several different instances as the competition heats up. Now, it looks like Snapchat is going to be launching more original scripted content by the end of the year. more… 9to5Mac

Nokia rebrands Withings, launches HealthKit competitor ‘Patient Care Platform’

Nokia is making a bigger push into the healthcare market, announcing at Mobile World Congress that the health and fitness accessory maker Withings will rebrand its products under the Nokia name, as well as revealing a "Patient Care Platform" that appears to directly compete against Apple’s HealthKit. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Zero-Day Acquisition Platform Triples iOS 10 Bug Bounty to $1.5 Million

Exploit acquisition platform Zerodium has increased its reward for a successful jailbreak of iOS 10 to $1.5 million, far surpassing Apple’s recent payout offer for discovering and reporting vulnerabilities in its software. Late last year, Zerodium briefly offered and paid out $1 million to one hacking team for the successful creation of a browser-based jailbreak […]

CVS introduces ‘CVS Pay’ barcode-based payment platform as it continues to resist Apple Pay

CVS today joined Walmart in continuing to resist Apple Pay, instead launching its own mobile payments solution. In a press release, CVS officially announced CVS Pay, a barcode-based solution to paying for goods and prescriptions in the company’s retail locations. more… Filed under: Apple 9to5Mac

Eddy Cue: Apple not trying to compete with Netflix or Comcast, seeking to be a delivery platform instead

In an interview published on Thursday, Eddy Cue — Apple’s senior VP of Internet Software and Services — dismissed any interest in the company creating its own TV shows, and addressed other topics like "skinny" channel bundles and a rumored interest in buying Time Warner. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Apple Launches CareKit Platform With Support for Four Health Apps

Apple’s new CareKit iOS framework goes live today, allowing app developers to create integrated software that helps patients and doctors to better track and manage medical conditions. The open source platform was announced last month and aims to make it easer for developers to build health apps by offering a number of integrations, such as […]

Skype launches ‘Bots’ feature & developer platform for iPhone and iPad app

As part of announcements at Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference today, Skype announced a new ‘Bots’ platform that it’s launching today in preview mode for developers and users in the iPhone and iPad apps (as well as Android and Windows, but not on Mac). more… Filed under: Apps Tagged: Bing, bots, build 2016, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, […]

Review: iHome’s Siri-controlled SmartPlug lets you try Apple’s HomeKit platform for under $40

Smart plugs aren’t exactly new. Belkin has its WeMo platform of connected home devices including its Wi-Fi-enabled ‘Insight Switch’, an iPhone app-controlled outlet, and others have similar competing products. But iHome’s new SmartPlug is one of the first arriving for Apple’s recently launched Siri-controlled HomeKit platform. I’ve been testing out the product in recent weeks to […]

Elgato’s ‘Eve’ Smart Home Accessories Are Useful, But Hampered by Buggy HomeKit Platform

Elgato, with its Eve line of smart home products is one of the first companies to come out with home accessories that integrate with Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform, and it’s the very first company to produce a Bluetooth-enabled HomeKit product. The Eve system, which consists of a weather station, an indoor room monitor, a […]