Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 5 July 2013

On July 5, 2013

  Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

10 Awesome Hidden Features in iOS 7 – Think you know everything there is to know about iOS 7? There are a whole slew of new features it’s bringing to your iPhone, including many more than you’ve heard about so far. Here are just 10 little-known new features in iOS 7. 1. “Slide to Unlock” is the whole screen.

20 computer terms every Mac user should know– Throughout the life of Mac 101, we’ve talked a lot about Apple technologies and terms. But with the gentle persuasion of this column’s readers, I’ve come to realize that—all too often—terms and acronyms that many of us take for granted leave users new to technology scratching their heads. Let’s rectify that now with a meander through some common tech terms.

Apple rolls out iWork for iCloud beta, brings productivity suite to the Web – Apple on Wednesday began rolling out iWork for iCloud in beta form to existing users, bringing the suite of productivity software online for the first time ever.

Apple Buys Samsung’s Android Security Partner AuthenTec For $356M – Amid fierce smartphone competition between Samsung and Apple that has spilled into a multinational patent battle, it looks like Apple may have opened yet another front on the M&A side: it is buying mobile security company AuthenTec — which had only just signed a deal with Samsung for Android devices — for $356 million.

Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Build 12F17 to Developers – Apple today seeded build 12F17 of OS X 10.8.5 to developers, offering a third version of the next Mac operating system update for testing. The release comes one week after the appearance of the previous beta of OS X 10.8.5, build 12F13.

Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User’s Ear – The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology spotted by AppleInsider. Apple’s own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set that comes with iPhones and iPods was an improvement.

Apple hires Paul Deneve of French fashion house YSL – Saint Laurent’s loss is Apple’s gain. Paul Deneve, the CEO of French Luxury Apparels Saint Laurent is leaving the company and will be launching a new innings with Apple. It is still not clear which post Paul Deneve will be holding in Apple.

Apple celebrating 5 years of the App Store with timeline of milestones – In celebration of the iOS App Store’s upcoming 5th anniversary, Apple has created a timeline of notable events in the App Store’s history.

Why Passbook Integration is a Must – This month, Apple’s Passbook application will mark its first birthday since being announced at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference last year. Because of this milestone, I felt now would be a great opportunity to dive into the Passbook trenches and look at its successes, failures, and why more organizations should be supporting it.

plastic low-cost phone snapped again, blue model too – New photos have appeared of a smartphone that looks an awful lot like the low-cost iPhone, as Apple’s first-ever budget effort edges ever closer to reality.

Boston University sues Apple, wants iPhone sales ban – Raise your hand if you’re beginning to feel like you’re the last person on the planet who isn’t suing someone for infringing a smartphone patent. That exclusive group just a got a little bit smaller thanks to a new lawsuit filed by Boston University against Apple.

Newly Published Apple Mapping Patent Details Route Feedback System, Real-Time Accident Reporting – The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has published an Apple patent application that pertains to expanded mapping features, including real-time crowd-sourced traffic information and user-based route ratings and reporting, reports AppleInsider.

Get started with AirPlay – AirPlay is Apple’s technology for streaming audio or video over a local network. This week’s Macworld video gives you a quick look at the most common AirPlay setups and how to configure and use them.