Jordan Kahn

@JordanKahn

Senior Editor, 9to5Mac – 9to5Google – 9to5Toys

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as a senior editor for 9to5Mac. He also covers Google for 9to5Google.com and the latest gear and deals on 9to5Toys.com.

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May 21

DirecTV is releasing a new app today specifically for kids. It’s available now for iPhone and iPad for free and offers a selection of content aimed at children aged 5-10 for DirecTV cable subscribers. Included are shows from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, HBO, STARZ, Sprout and more.

Full press release below:

DIRECTV Provides Parents with Worry-Free TV for Children

No Need to Set Up Parental Controls! DIRECTV Kids App Offers Hundreds of Popular Children’s Shows and Kid-Friendly Movies Anytime, Anywhere and At No Extra Charge

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 21, 2015 – DIRECTV is helping parents breathe a sigh of relief with the launch of its new DIRECTV Kids App, an easy-to-use and safe online environment that offers DIRECTV customers age-appropriate content anywhere, anytime – at no extra charge. The new DIRECTV Kids App, designed for children ages 5-10, offers hundreds of popular children’s shows and kid-friendly movies, available to watch instantly from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, HBO, STARZ, Sprout and more, based on customer’s DIRECTV programming package.

DIRECTV will also use its long-standing relationship with Common Sense Media, to incorporate age-based ratings and reviewsthrough the App. Common Sense Media is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing independent, trustworthy information and education to kids, parents and educators, so they can be better equipped to succeed in a world of media and technology.

“As our kids become more and more connected through powerful devices like tablets and computers, navigating through the rough terrain of the digital landscape for parents can be an incredibly daunting task,” said Tony Goncalves, senior vice president, Digital Entertainment Products Group, DIRECTV.  “The DIRECTV Kids App was designed to take the worry away from watching TV and give kids a simple and safe viewing environment without the need for complicated parental control set up on multiple devices.”

The DIRECTV Kids App features:

  • Safe Viewing space – DIRECTV Kids is a safe environment for children ages 5-10. All content is rated G, PG, TVG, TVY, or TVY7 so children can use it independently, without supervision or parental controls.
  • Watch Anywhere – Instantly stream the top kids TV shows and movies from anywhere.
  • Intuitive User Interface – Easy-to-use interface that requires fewer clicks to quickly start video playback; “Recently Watched” tool which allows children to quickly resume watching favorite shows; and interactive bubbles that let children filter content to get them to their desired programming faster.
  • Personalization – Multiple background themes to choose from allow kids to customize their DIRECTV Kids experience.

DIRECTV Kids App is available through iTunes® App store on iPhone® and iPad® running iOS 7 or higher. Customers are able to view DIRECTV Kids content on up to five iPads or iPhones simultaneously. For more information on DIRECTV Kids App please visit http://www.directv.com/kidsapp

Apple Watch’s screen sleep behaviour is a complete pain in the ass. At first I wrote this off as @apollozac’s usual meaningless rambling, but after using the Watch for a few weeks, my colleague Benjamin Mayo’s suggestions for improvements to Watch apps make a lot of sense.

The Remote and Workout apps already work like this. They have elevated system privileges that take precedence over the clock face whilst in use. Apple needs to make this behaviour universal across the OS, where contextually appropriate of course.

Is this the first look at an exclusive all gold Milanese Loop band for Apple Watch? OK, it’s not. It’s just the stainless steel Milanese Loop band with some color correction, and man is it hideous. But it’s not entirely out of the question: Apple does have a solid gold link band, and it’s almost as gross as the Milanese Loop image above.

I decided on the Apple Watch with stainless steel Milanese Loop band for a few reasons, but not before considering the benefits and drawbacks of Apple’s entire collection of straps and bands for Apple Watch. Budget will in many cases guide your decision, but going for the Milanese Loop was a no-brainer for me. There are a few downsides of the band compared to others, however.

Here are a few observations I’ve made after wearing it for the last couple weeks, including little talked about pros and cons you’ll want to consider before purchasing the Milanese Loop for yourself. expand full story

Apple today updated its webpage for its enterprise app solutions to show that a few of the apps have been updated with Apple Watch support. Apple first launched the MobileFirst for iOS solutions last year through a partnership with IBM and most recently added 9 new apps in March bringing the total up to 22 across several industries.

The first three of Apple’s enterprise apps to receive Apple Watch support include: Hospital RN, Field Connect and Incident Aware. expand full story

May 20

Apple Watch + Music

Apple Watch + Music

We’ve reported extensively on what Apple has in store for its new revamped music service that will come alongside an international expansion of iTunes Radio, and today reports from Russian publication Vedomosti (via Billboard) hint that Russia will be one market Apple is aiming to launch in soon… expand full story

May 19

May 18

High-profile investor and AAPL shareholder Carl Icahn has published yet another open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, this time giving his thoughts on new product categories that he expects Apple to enter alongside his usual advice for the company on share repurchases, valuation, and more.

As for his product predictions, Icahn highlights two new big categories, both of which have been reported in detail and rumored for the last year, including TV and electric vehicles. Icahn thinks Apple will release full-fledged UHD TV sets sometime next year…

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A new flyover of Apple’s under construction Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California gives us one of our closest look yet at the site. We also get our first detailed look at work started on Apple’s new auditorium on the campus where it plans to host events when the project is complete.

The video below comes courtesy of MyithZ who was able to get these shots from just 120ft up, much closer than previous drone flyovers and Apple’s own aerial shots.

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May 16

Tim Cook has shared photos from his recent trip to China where the Apple CEO spoke to media about upcoming initiatives in the country and visited new Apple retail stores opened in the region. The photos (above and below) were posted to Cook’s new Weibo account. The head Apple exec started posting to the Chinese microblogging site, much like he does on Twitter, earlier this month. expand full story

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