Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Core i5 / 256GB gets £270 off in the UK, now £809

Microsoft has been offering up to £240 off the Pro 3 in recent weeks – but if you buy the Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, you’ll now save £270 off its full list price of £1,079. Read more…

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Apple TV Gains CBS All Access, NBC, and Made to Measure Channels

Just a week ahead of the launch of the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple has added several new channels to the existing set-top box. As of today, NBC, CBS All Access, and Made to Measure (M2M) are available on the Apple TV.

The new NBC channel is the first time the network has had a channel available on the Apple TV, aside from the dedicated NBC Sports channel. With the NBC channel, customers can watch full episodes of NBC shows on the Apple TV. Cable authentication is required for some features, but all users can watch some NBC content on the channel without needing a subscription.

Announced last night, M2M is an Apple TV exclusive channel that focuses on fashion, run by talent agency conglomerate WME/IMG. The channel features short videos, interviews, and mini-documentaries from the fashion world.

The new CBS channel, CBS All Access, is designed to provide access to the CBS All Access streaming service. CBS All Access includes more than 7,500 episodes of CBS shows on demand, and it offers new episodes of all CBS shows the day after they air. Some customers whose local CBS affiliates support All Access will also be able to watch CBS shows live on the channel.

All three of the new channels are available immediately on the existing Apple TV, and will also be available on the new set-top box that’s launching on Monday.



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iPad Mini 4 Likely to Support Split View Multitasking

Files within OS X El Capitan indicate the upcoming iPad mini 4 will support full Split View multitasking, suggesting its internal specs will be on par with the iPad Air 2. An OS X El Capitan resource file first located by developer Hamza Sood and 9to5Mac from the Safari 9 browser depicts an iPad mini with two apps side-by-side, which is how the Split View feature works.

Responsive design mode, which gives developers a way to test different layouts in Safari 9, also allows developers to simulate a Split View layout on an iPad mini 3. The iPad mini 3 does not support Split View, offering further proof that the iPad mini 4 is likely to be the tablet that supports Split View.

iOS 9 introduces multitasking for the iPad, and while two of the features, Picture-in-Picture and Slide Over, are available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, the true Split View multitasking feature is only available on the iPad Air 2 because it has 2GB of RAM and a robust A8X processor.

To support Split View, the upcoming iPad mini 4 will need to have internal specs that match or exceed those of the iPad Air 2. It’s likely the device will include Apple’s A8X processor or the A9 processor that’s being used in its 2015 iOS devices, with 2GB of RAM also being a strong possibility.

Multitasking on the iPad in iOS 9
Specs for the iPad mini 4 have not yet been confirmed, as rumors have focused primarily on the external design of the device. It’s expected to look like a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, with a much slimmer 6.1mm body and iPad Air 2-style design features.



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Tech21’s New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands [iOS Blog]

Tech21 today announced that its Evo Mesh Sport and Evo Elite case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available exclusively through the Apple Store and Apple Online Store. The new Evo Mesh Sport is the first iPhone case to identically match the Apple Watch sport band colors, in blue, green, pink, smokey black and white, while the new Evo Elite has a scratch-resistant aluminum finish.

Both of the new Evo cases for iPhone feature Tech21’s impact-absorbing material FlexShock, which is capable of withstanding drops up to 6.6 feet and is both thinner and lighter than many competing cases. The cases also provide full access to all of the iPhone’s ports and buttons, with corner and edge encasing and a raised screen bezel for added protection.

The new Evo Elite case can be purchased in space gray, silver and gold for $49 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, while the new Evo Mesh Sport case is available in blue, green, pink, smokey black and white for $39 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new Evo Mesh Sport with matching band colors has yet to become available on the Apple Store in the United States, but some of the new colors have surfaced on the U.K. store.



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App Store Search Bug Prevents iPads From Seeing iPhone-Only Apps [iOS Blog]

It appears some iPad users are seeing a bug in the iOS App Store that prevents them from being able to locate and download iPhone-only apps. When using an iPad to search for an app that’s only available on the iPhone like Instagram or Snapchat, results do not list iPhone-only apps even when the „iPhone Only“ filter is turned on.

For example, in a search for „Snapchat“ on an iPad Air 2 with the „iPhone Only“ option selected, the results that are displayed include only universal apps made by third-party companies. The actual Snapchat app does not come up in the results at all, preventing it from being installed on an iPad. A test for several other iPhone-only apps revealed the same search error.

It is not clear when this App Store search bug started, but we first saw an issue last night and a MacRumors reader alerted us to the problem this morning. It is also not clear if all users are experiencing the issue, but each of the iPads we tested failed to bring up the proper search results.

It’s likely this is an error that Apple will fix shortly, and while iPhone only apps can’t be downloaded via search, they’re still available in the list of purchased apps. Installing an iPhone-only app on the iPad can be done by installing it on an iPhone first and then downloading it on the iPad from the purchased list. It’s also possible to search for the app in Safari to get a direct link to it in the App Store.

(Thanks Tim!)





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CES 2015: AT&T Announces 4G LTE Smartcase With MicroSD Slot for Wi-Fi iPads

AT&T today announced the upcoming availability of its new Modio smartcase that will add 4G LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini. The Modio smartcase will be compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini.

The Modio will allow Wi-Fi iPad owners to connect to AT&T’s 4G LTE network using the data available on the customers’ Mobile Share plans. Mobile Share allows customers to pay for a monthly data allotment that is shared between smartphones, tablets and other connected devices.

Beyond cellular connectivity, the Modio smartcase also includes its own 4,600 mAh battery to support up to 10 hours of use, along with a microSD card slot that can be used to store up to 32 GB of media and other files. Case owners can install the accompanying AT&T Modio Data application to monitor data usage and manage cellular plan details.

The AT&T Modio smartcase for iPad mini is listed on AT&T’s website as coming soon, with a version for larger iPad Air models to follow. Pricing and exact launch dates for the new cases has yet to be announced.




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Magpul Releases Field Case for iPad Mini [iOS Blog]

Firearms accessory maker Magpul has released a new addition to its popular iOS accessory line, bringing the Magpul Field Case to the iPad mini. The plastic case is made in the same style as the company’s PMAG rifle magazines and includes Magpul’s logo on the back.

The Magpul® Field Case for the iPad® mini is a semi-rigid cover designed to provide basic protection in the field.

Made from a durable thermoplastic, the Field Case features PMAG®-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and is low bulk to preserve the thin and light nature of the mini.

Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.!

Magpul already makes a number of popular iPhone cases, including its $17 Field Case and the sturdier Bump Case which is $27.

The Magpul Field Case for the iPad mini is now shipping to Magpul dealers and distributors with a recommended price of $27, and should eventually be available on the company’s website.




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‘Hue Menu’ Controls Philips Hue Lights From the Mac Menu Bar [Mac Blog]

A third-party developer has released a new Mac app that allows control of Philips Hue light bulbs from a menulet in the Mac menu bar. Hue Menu, available on the Mac App Store, uses the Hue API to change the colors, brightness and more of Hue lights.

A year ago, Philips released its Hue iOS-controlled LED light bulbs exclusively on the Apple Store. More recently, the company released new LED ‘LightStrips’ and an accent lamp called ‘Bloom’.

Hue Menu is a simple and delightful way to control your Philips Hue light bulbs right from your Mac’s Menu Bar.

This 3rd party App is the best companion for your Philips Hue light bulbs striking the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features, making it as delightful to use as the official iOS Apps

Hue Menu is available for $2.99 on the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]




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