Use Mail Drop to send large Mail attachments in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Sending large attachments has always been a precarious activity when it comes to email. You just never know if your attachment will go through, and if it does, it’s a toss up as to whether or not the recipient will be able to successfully receive and open it.

Mail Drop is a new feature in OS X that hopes to solve this issue. With Mail Drop, Mail app users can send emails with encrypted attachments up to 5GB. That’s sure to cover most of the large emails that the majority of users send.

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How to send quick voice messages via the Messages app in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

iMessage in OS X Yosemite features the ability to create and send quick audio clips via the Messages app. It’s yet another feature that both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 share. Sending quick voice messages makes it easy to communicate with fellow iMessage users in a hurry.

Watch our video walkthrough after the break to see this handy new OS X Yosemite feature in action. Read More

 

Using predictive text in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

The QuickType predictive text functionality found in iOS 8 would be hard to mimic on a desktop interface that uses a physical keyboard, but Apple has come up with a good way to suggest words that you may want to type next in OS X Yosemite. Check out our video walkthrough after the break and see how. Read More

 

République Episode 3: Ones & Zeros now available as an in-app purchase

By Lory Gil on Oct 25, 2014

Last year, an unassuming stealth game found its way into the App Store. Thanks to the incredible talent of the development team at Camouflaj, République gained a massive following and is a big hit with mobile gamers.

This week, the company announced that the third installment of the five-series game has just launched as an in-app purchase. If you are following the epic struggle of Hope and her escape from the oppressive clutches of the Overseer, you can download Ones & Zeros inside the game today. Read More

 

CVS follows Rite Aid’s lead and shuts down Apple Pay

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

CVS appears to be following Rite Aid’s stupidity, according to MacRumors, and has instructed its individual stores to shut down NFC access on its terminals, rendering Apple Pay unusable during checkout. The problem with this decision is that it not only shuts down Apple Pay, but any other contactless payment technology such as Google Wallet.

These stores have been able to accept contactless payment for who knows how long, but now that Apple Pay has brought needed relevance to the space, companies are beginning to draw lines in the sand… Read More

 

A look at some of the Safari enhancements in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Safari has been given a big revamp in OS X Yosemite, and it’s one of my favorite new updates to the operating system as a whole. The team working on Safari took a lot of the elements that makes Safari on iOS a success, and incorporated those into the OS X Yosemite version. The result is a much-improved favorite interface, simplified toolbar, and better tab navigation. Safari for OS X Yosemite is a win all the way around. Have a look at our video walkthrough showcasing these new features inside… Read More

 

How to manage group iMessages in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Like iOS 8, OS X Yosemite brings tons of new features to the table when it comes to iMessage. You can now do interesting things like rename iMessage Conversations, add additional participants to a group message conversation, and leave a group iMessage conversation outright.

Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break, which showcases these three new group iMessage features in OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

TinType by Hipstamatic brings 100-year-old photography to the iPhone

By Lory Gil on Oct 25, 2014

When I was a kid, I would dig around in my grandmother’s box of old photographs. I distinctly remember the first time I came across a tintype picture. It was so unusual. Not just because of the silly knickers the boys in the pictures wore, but because of the ornamental frame it came in with the location stamped on the backside. The strange, slivery-black high-contrast of the image also gave it a haunted look.

TinType by Hipstamatic is the next big thing in the company’s trendy photo filters. With this one-off app, you can make your selfies look they were taken in the 19th century. Read More

 

Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak team posts an update regarding Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Details have been a bit hard to gather when it comes to the status and progress of Pangu’s iOS 8 jailbreak. Since the initial release and subsequent bug fix update, all has been relatively quiet.

Today on Twitter, the team broke their silence to provide an update on the progress being made towards Cydia compatibility. There’s still a lot of work to be done until everything is finished, but it’s getting there. Read More

 

Using Do Not Disturb in OS X Yosemite’s Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Like the Messages app in iOS 8, the Yosemite version of Messages allows you to mute specific conversations by enabling Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb ensures that you still receive messages, but you won’t be bothered by notifications when new messages arrive.

Have a look at our video walkthrough explaining the ins and outs of Do Not Disturb after the break. Read More

 

Translucency: a big part of OS X Yosemite’s new visual style

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

Translucency is everywhere in OS X Yosemite. In Safari, you can see the subtle colorful translucent glow of a website behind its toolbar. In the Finder, you’ll see apps and wallpaper glow behind your list of favorites, and in the Dock, you’ll see the translucent visuals of any apps that are moved behind it.

Check inside, as we explore OS X Yosemite’s translucent effects in our video walkthrough. We’ll also show you how to disable translucency if you’re not a fan of the effect. Read More

 

Apps of the week: Hitman GO, Retry, Zero Lives, and more

By Lory Gil on Oct 25, 2014

Now that some of you have your brand new iPad Air 2 in hand, what awesome games are you planning on spending the weekend playing? The App Store has dozens of games that use the Metal framework and there are sure to be more coming in the near future. If you are looking for apps and games to test out on your new iPad or iPhone devices this weekend, we’ve got a list of things we think might be of interest to you. Read More

 

Download videos from Vine directly to your iPhone with Vine++

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 25, 2014

Vine is one of the most popular video sharing platforms that allows users to capture and share videos of very short duration. However, the official Vine app on iOS  doesn’t allow you to save videos, although you can make use of third-party apps to do so. Vine++ is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to get rid of this restriction and save your day. Developed by UnlimApps, Vine++ allows you to save any video from Vine directly to your Camera Roll with just the tap of a button and watch it later or share it with your friends. Read More

 

Great Big War Game and other Rubicon titles free for the weekend

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2014

If you’re looking for a little entertainment this weekend in the form of a new iOS game, you might check out some of Rubicon’s titles. The UK-based indie developer has discounted nearly all of its iOS library down to free for the next two days.

This includes the massively popular turn-based strategy “Great War Game” series, as well as other games like Zombies: Dead in 20, Fruit Blitz and Yachty Deluxe. They normally range in cost from $1 to $3, so we’re talking $10+ in savings here. Read More

 

Sprint to start offering annual upgrades with ‘iPhone for Life’ plans

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2014

Sprint will soon start offering a 12-month lease option through its iPhone for Life program, the carrier said in a press release on Friday. The new option will allow qualified customers to get a new iPhone every year, without having to make a significant lump sum payment.

Previously, iPhone for Life subscribers could get an iPhone 6 for as little as $20 per month, with the option to trade it in for a new model after two years. With this new 12-month offering, customers will pay $30 per month for an iPhone 6 (16GB) or $35 for an iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly outpacing Mavericks in first week

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2014

Apple’s just-released OS X Yosemite is thus far seeing slightly better adoption rates than last year’s Mavericks launch. New stats from the research team at Chitika ad network show Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8% of Macs in North America in the first week.

Additionally, Chitika notes that OS X Yosemite accounted for more than 1% of all North American Web traffic from OS X users on launch day. That’s more than double the first-day adoption rates of Apple’s prior Mac OS updates, OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion. Read More

 

Activating Apple SIM on AT&T locks it to their network

By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2014

Just a heads up for folks looking to get a Wi-Fi + Cellular version of one of the new iPads. It was discovered on Friday that the awesome new Apple SIM feature, which is supposed to allow you to switch seamlessly between compatible carriers, doesn’t play well with all providers.

More specifically, MacRumors points to an Apple support page that says when you activate your new iPad with AT&T, the carrier dedicates its Apple SIM to their network only. So if you wanted to move the tablet to another provider, you’d have to purchase and install a new SIM. Read More

 

SleekCode: improve the look of the Lock screen passcode interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2014

SleekCode is a brand new jailbreak tweak that just recently touched down on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. SleekCode allows you to change up the look of the passcode screen. You can alter the background of the blur, alpha, and passcode rings, along with hiding the emergency dial button and slide to unlock chevron.

I was fairly impressed with the look of the passcode screen after configuring SleekCode. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information. Read More

 

How Complete My Bundle works

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

The much-improved App Store in iOS 8 features a number of enhancements. Case in point: app bundles. App bundles make it possible for developers to bundle up to ten of their existing iPhone and iPad applications in a single purchase at a reduced price.

Borrowing cues from the “Complete My Album” feature for music that debuted on iTunes in March 2007, app bundles are great promotional vehicles to drive sales and can serve as a nice reward for loyal customers.

But for the vast majority of ordinary users, app bundles are one of the least understood new features of the App Store in iOS 8. That it’s still very unclear how the App Store’s Complete My Bundle works is Apple’s fault.

And it certainly doesn’t make its users’ lives any easier with cryptic feature descriptions and the App Store’s non-intuitive bundle pricing mechanism. But don’t sweat, here’s everything you need to know in order to understand how Complete My Bundle works. Read More

 

Camera+ offered for free for the very first time

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

Camera+ by Taptaptap, the award-winning iPhone photography app and one of the longest-standing camera and image editing apps in the App Store, is available free of charge for a limited time, but only through Apple’s sleek Apple Store shopping application for the iPhone and iPad. That’s a cool $2.99 saving right off the bat over the app’s regular asking price.

No matter if you’re only mildly into mobile photography or a seasoned photographer, you really shouldn’t miss out on this promotion because Camera+ has never gone free since its inception in August of 2011. Again, you can’t just follow the app’s iTunes URL to grab Camera+ for zero bucks because the offer is exclusive to users who have the Apple Store application installed on their devices.

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