Apple adds The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers and others to Apple Music Festival roster

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2015

Apple on Wednesday added The Weeknd and The Chemical Brothers to the list of performers for its upcoming Apple Music Festival. The announcement was made live on Beats 1 Radio this afternoon, as well as the official Apple Music Twitter account.

In addition to these two acts, Apple also revealed today that the English pop group Take That will be performing at the Festival, as will James Bay and Leon Bridges. Bay will be sharing the stage with Pharrell, and Bridges with Florence + The Machine. Read More


Apple’s News app to feature content from more than 50 publishers at launch

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2015

Apple’s upcoming News app will feature content from more than 50 publishers, reports Recode. That’s up significantly from the 18 it had commitments from in June, when the app was introduced, suggesting that Apple has been busy these last few months promoting the new platform.

For those that missed the WWDC unveiling, the News app is a Flipboard-like application coming to iPhones and iPads in iOS 9. The goal of the app is to present users with curated news stories and other interesting content through a beautiful UI that makes the experience more enjoyable. Read More


Review: WatchWeb for Apple Watch kinda brings web browsing to your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Like the Apple TV, your Apple Watch lacks the built-in Safari browser. Even though the case can be made quite easily for surfing the web on a big screen TV from the comfort of your couch, who in their right mind—and why— would want to squint at the tiny screen to read webpages?

No one, that’s right. But still, what if you could browse the web from your wrist? If you argue that an Apple Watch web browser is a terrible, terrible idea, I’m with you.

But what if there was a way to quickly look up information, sports scores or anything else on the Apple Watch that Siri can’t do for you? Enter WatchWeb, a web browser of sorts for the Apple Watch by Conifer Apps.

It’s a novel idea that certainly has legs, but boy is it iffy. I had mixed results during my hands-on time with WatchWeb so read on my review for the full reveal. Read More


Sale: 1Password is now 30% off on Mac and 1Password Pro is now 50% off on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

If you’ve yet to purchase a copy of 1Password for your Mac, iPhone and iPad, now is definitely the time to consider doing so. Despite our urgings over the years via blog posts, and via our podcasts, we’re aware that there may still be a few of you out there who have yet to make this great security investment.

Starting today, both 1Password Pro for iOS and 1Password for Mac are both reduced in price significantly. Now is a great time to get in the game, and start taking responsibility for your security.

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How to boot your Mac in Target Disk Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Our tutorial series dealing with the many ways you can start up your Mac continues with Target Disk Mode, a feature Apple conceived to allow your Mac to act as an external disk for another Mac.

It’s not surprising that the vast majority of average Mac owners are totally oblivious to the existence of Target Disk Mode, and who could blame them? After all, Target Disk Mode isn’t exactly front and center on OS X.

In this tutorial, you’re going to be taught how to activate Target Disk Mode through the System Preferences application, or enter it directly at boot time with a simple keystroke. I’m also going to explain in layman’s terms why, when and how Target Disk Mode should be used. Read More


CBS to stream Super Bowl 50 and other NFL games to Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2015

CBS Sports announced on Tuesday that it will be streaming an expanded schedule of NFL coverage this year to a wide range of devices, including Apple TV. The new schedule features two regular season games, four playoff games and Super Bowl 50.

This will be the first time ever CBS offers free live streams of regular season NFL games. Coverage begins with the New York Jets and Miami in London on October 4, and continues with the Carolina Panthers vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Read More


How to protect yourself from malicious jailbreak tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

As you guys know, there was a pretty significant iCloud account attack reported recently, in which nearly a quarter of a million iCloud accounts were exposed to potential compromise. The number of accounts that were actually hacked is up for debate, but it was less than half of the reported 220,000~ or so iCloud accounts exposed.

Of course, many took this attack as an opportunity to lecture about the reasons why we shouldn’t jailbreak. While such a lecture isn’t necessarily ill-intentioned, I think that most people who jailbreak understand that there are some inherited risks associated with doing so.

It’s not like accidentally downloading an infected app on your computer, or an ill-advised clicking on a shady email link. Those who jailbreak generally know that there are some security risks involved, at least partially. The problem is, many don’t understand that there are effective ways to protect one’s self.

How do you go about ensuring that you’re as safe as possible while maintaining a jailbroken iPhone? The following steps will show you how. Read More


Apple Pay adds support for 18 new US banks and credit unions

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2015

Apple on Wednesday added 18 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of Apple Pay-supporting issuers in the United States. With these additions, Apple Pay is now compatible with more than 450 financial institutions nationwide.

Launched in October of last year, Apple Pay is a mobile payment service that allows users to pay for goods and services using their iPhone or Apple Watch. It’s accepted at hundreds of thousands of retailers and restaurants around the country. Read More


iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 allegedly in tow for Apple media event next Wednesday

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Contrary to prior rumors, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s long-expected oversized ‘iPad Pro’ will be formally announced at the iPhone 6s press event after all. The event’s been confirmed to take place a week from today, on next Wednesday, September 9, at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The publication learned from sources that the forthcoming presentation is set to be one of largest events in Apple’s history. In addition to the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, it should serve as a launchpad for a fourth-generation iPad mini, a substantially refreshed Apple TV set top box and new Apple Watch Sport bands. Read More


Why I’m super excited about the gaming potential of the new Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

At this point, I think we can all agree that the state of gaming on the current generation Apple TV leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, it’s possible in some respects, through AirPlay, but it’s clunky, laggy, and never quite lived up to its potential.

With the new Apple TV, however, things will surely get better. In fact, I think that gaming is going to really hit its stride on Apple platforms with the advent of the new gaming-centric features on Apple’s upcoming refresh to its set top box.

As we discussed in the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS, gaming is set to take a gigantic leap with Apple TV gen-4. In this post, I’ll outline 5 reasons why avid gamers should start licking their chops at the potential of the device that Apple is set to reveal next Wednesday. Read More


Claimed iPhone 6s storage tiers and prices revealed ahead of Apple event next Wednesday

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Revered gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer recently published a photo of claimed iPhone 6s packaging which suggests that Apple’s upcoming iPhones will continue to offer just sixteen gigabytes of storage in baseline models.

A new report Wednesday by 9to5Mac’s well-connected Mark Gurman reaffirms claims that Apple won’t be ditching the 16-gigabyte tier.

Moreover, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus should have unchanged on-contract pricing as the 2014 models: $199/$299/$399 for the 16/64/128GB iPhone 6s and $299/$399/$499 for the 16/64/128GB iPhone 6s Plus. Read More


Report: Apple TV lacks 4K video streaming, 8/16GB prototypes tested and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

The allegedly upcoming Apple TV refresh will file as the most detailed overhaul of the device’s hardware, but it doesn’t seem that the new box will support 4K streaming, as per 9to5Mac’s sources.

The publication reported today that even though the fourth-generation Apple TV will be powered by Apple’s sped-up A8 processor (likely overclocked, as there will be no battery bottlenecks), it purportedly won’t support video streaming and AirPlay in 4K.

This is something of a surprise considering that the A8 processor inside the iPhone 6 was found capable of rendering 4K 3,840-by-2,160 pixel footage without a hiccup. Read More


For $12 a month, you can now enjoy Hulu completely ad free

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Unlike Amazon and Netflix who stream commercial-free movies and television shows in exchange for a monthly fee, Hulu’s existing $7.99 per month plan includes limited advertising. Wednesday, Hulu unveiled a new monthly plan that gets rid of all advertising for an extra $4 a month.

As noted in Hulu’s media release, commercial-free viewing is available to both new and existing customers for a monthly fee of $11.99. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 123: A man, a plan, a casa

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

Episode 123: Is jailbreaking safe? The guys break down the latest jailbreak-related security issue. A discussion on how to protect yourself. A look at the latest jailbreak tweaks to land on Cydia.

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Crisp drone footage narrated by Steve Jobs offers a detailed look at iSpaceship progress

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

The Apple Campus 2 project, a future 2.8 million square foot home for approximately 12,000 Apple employees, is coming along nicely. The structure, affectionally dubbed the iSpaceship due to its ring-shaped design, was recently filmed from above by Silicon Valley-based videographer Duncan Sinfield who shared his footage with MacRumors.

The high-quality aerial video includes segments of Steve Jobs’ 2011 project pitch to the Cupertino City Council as a voiceover. The video is well worth watching as it gives details on the different buildings Apple is constructing while offering progress comparisons with the previous footage from early August. Read More


New Apple TV has universal search, $149 priced reaffirmed by credible report

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Following a recent report by 9to5Mac’s reliable blogger Mark Gurman that a fourth-generation Apple TV will cost between $149 and $199, BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski has corroborated that information, adding that the set-top box will also include a universal search feature.

Billed as another tentpole feature, universal search will allow owners of the forthcoming set-top box to search for a show or movie once “and see results from all sorts of different sources.” Read More


iOS 8 now powers 87 percent of active devices

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

After struggling to gain a single percentage point over a four-week period, the adoption rate of iOS 8 now appears to have accelerated as iOS 8 now powers 87 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, as measured by the App Store on Monday, August 31, 2015.

That growth came at the expense of iOS 7, which has gone from powering thirteen percent of iOS devices two weeks ago to accounting for twelve percent of hardware in active use.

A month ago, iOS 8 adoption sat at 85 percent and iOS 7 comprised thirteen percent of iOS gadgets in the wild. Pre-iOS hardware continues to scrape out a mere two percent. Read More


Imgur for iOS gains search and revamped interface

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

After relaunching its iOS app and introducing an all-new interface in the Android client three months ago, Imgur today announced a major revamp of its iPhone and iPod touch application, a free download in the App Store.

For starters, the app has at last gained a Search feature so you can search for specific viral posts on the service. The app’s grid view has been redesigned to show bigger thumbnails, push notifications have been improved and profile screens revamped for a more pleasing appearance. Read More


Huawei announces a new Android phone with a Force Touch-inspired pressure-sensitive screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

The IFA trade show in Berlin is well under way, and Huawei, Chinese OEM of Android smartphones, just announced its Mate S—a new smartphone with Force Touch-esque technology incorporated into the screen. Of course, Huawei isn’t officially calling it “Force Touch” in its press materials, but it is doing so via hashtags in tweets from its official Twitter account.

During its press event, Huawei took the opportunity to show off its new force-sensing screen weighing an orange by placing the piece of fruit on top of the Mate S’ screen. I have to admit, that’s kind of cool, but it also seems a bit odd at the same time. Read More


iPhone 7 rumored to switch back to using glass-on-glass screen technology

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Unhappy with the in-cell screen process used in production of iPhone displays which is plagued with lower touch sensitivity on screen edges, Apple is reportedly considering a return to glass-on-glass (G/G) touchscreen panels for an ‘iPhone 7,’ a technology it ditched with the release of the iPhone 5 in the fall of 2012.

According to a somewhat sketchy report published Wednesday by DigiTimes, Apple is currently sampling glass-on-glass touch samples for 2016 iPhones.

If true, the iPhone 7—or whatever a 2016 iPhone ends up being named—will feature better touch accuracy, improved Multi-Touch performance and better touch detection on screen edges. In addition, glass-on-glass technology would permit the company to develop a bezel-free iPhone and support 4K resolutions. Read More

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