Redesigned Typo 2 iPhone keyboard case available for pre-order

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

Remember the Typo—the keyboard case for the iPhone 5/5s? It garnered quite a bit of attention when it launched late last year, thanks in part to its celebrity co-founder Ryan Seacrest and the unsurprising lawsuit lodged against it by BlackBerry.

We hadn’t heard much from the company since March, when it was hit with a preliminary injunction for allegedly infringing BlackBerry’s keyboard patent. But it’s back this week with a redesigned Typo 2 keyboard case for all late-model iPhones… Read More

 

How to change Mac screenshot file format in OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

OS X, Apple’s operating system powering Mac desktops and notebooks, sports a surprisingly robust set of screenshot-grabbing features.

Better yet, you can save both time and money capturing images of the operating system itself, third-party applications or whatever is on the screen at any given moment using these built-in capabilities.

Yes, a plethora of third-party apps go beyond the Mac’s screenshot-taking features with advanced image management and annotation capabilities.

Still, most normals soon realize that OS X’s built-in features mostly get the job done for common use cases like how-tos, tutorials and other types of blog posts.

By default, OS X saves you screenshots on the desktop, as PNG files. PNG is great if you care about image quality: the format uses lossless compression techniques that won’t degrade image quality. On the downside, PNG screenshots tend to be fairly large in size.

Although you can tap Apple’s stock Preview app, or any third-party image editor, to convert PNGs into JPEGs and other image formats, why take extra steps if OS X can do all the heavy lifting for you?

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change the image format for screenshots taken on your Mac… Read More

 

Analyst predicts initial iWatch shipments may be limited due to sapphire issues

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a new note to investors today regarding the upcoming iWatch. Echoing his thoughts from earlier this month, Kuo says he believes that only around 3 million units or so of Apple’s smartwatch will ship this year.

Citing supply chain sources, the analyst blames production issues for the device’s limited availability. More specifically, Kuo believes that Apple is running into problems with the iWatch’s sapphire cover lens, pushing mass production back until late-November… Read More

 

NomadPlus turns your iPhone charger into a 1,500 mAh backup battery

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Boy, that new anti-iPhone Samsung ad titled “Wall Huggers” really struck a nerve, didn’t it? Blame it on Apple: the iPhone is frequently criticized for its battery life which isn’t abysmal at all though you’d be hard-pressed to argue that its ~1,560 mAh battery is a match for high-end Android devices that go beyond 3,000 mAh, such as LG’s G3 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.

Feeling your pain, lo and behold, Nomad has created a nice solution to your battery woes. Their new NomadPlus accessory transforms your iPhone’s charger into a portable 1,500 mAh battery for backup power… Read More

 

How to stream torrents to your Apple TV, no jailbreak needed

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2014

A new Mac app called TorrenTV was recently released to allow users to stream torrents directly to the Apple TV. The app, which begins playing movies immediately via a simple drag and drop of a .torrent file, streams to the Apple TV, even if the device isn’t jailbroken.

Even better is the fact that TorrenTV requires zero setup. As long as your Mac and Apple TV share the same Wi-Fi network, TorrenTV will begin streaming video to your Apple TV almost immediately.

Of course, being that we don’t condone piracy, the use of such an app would have its limits. Thankfully, there are legitimate videos available via torrents, which can thus be streamed directly to your Apple TV. Have a look inside for more information. Read More

 

Facebook updates Slingshot with new My People tab, added reactions and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

In addition to its small Messenger update this afternoon, Facebook has pushed out a new version of Slingshot. This brings the Snapchat competitor to version 1.1, and adds a new My People tab, more ways to respond to reactions, and other improvements.

The new My People Tab helps streamline the user experience, as you can now see all of your friends in one place. And thanks to the added reactions, users can now respond to messages with either a photo, video or text. We’ve got the full change log below…

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Rhythm-fantasy game ‘Deemo’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

Apple has just named Deemo, by Rayark, its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular game for both iPhone and iPad, for free—a decent savings of $2.

For those who haven’t played it before, Deemo is kind of a hybrid rhythm and fantasy title. You play as the mystic character Deemo, who must help a lost little girl return home to her world by playing music on a magical piano… Read More

 

Wikipedia reboots its official iOS app: native, speedy, mobile editing and loads more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

I’ve never been a fan of Wikipedia’s iOS app because it’s basically such a piece of you-know-what. Available since August 2009, the software’s never managed to win me over.

Put simply, it’s always felt to me like a hastily written web app, because that’s essentially what it is. But not anymore. Say ‘hello’ to the much-improved Wikipedia Mobile 4.0, now available as a truly native app for the iPhone and iPad.

Yup, no longer is Wikipedia on iOS a second-class citizen that wraps a basic web browser inside some iOS code!

The Wikipedia foundation has built the new version from the ground up for speed and it shows – everything is a lot snappier. There’s a super-convenient table of contents sidebar but more importantly, now you can edit Wikipedia in the palm of your hand.

Moreover, Wikipedia Mobile makes it easy to switch to reading Wikipedia written in another language and the app is now available in more languages than before.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More

 

AboutUDID: a super-handy tweak for finding your iPhone’s UDID

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2014

AboutUDID is a relatively new jailbreak tweak that does something extremely useful for those of you who test beta software. It allows you to easily view the device’s UDID from the General > About section of the stock Settings app. This UDID, which stands for Unique Device Identifier, is a 40 character hex value that is used by developers for registering test devices for apps.

The UDID can easily be retrieved by connecting to iTunes or by downloading third-party applications, but this tweak makes it even easier. In fact, AboutUDID allows you to copy and paste values from a device’s About section, which makes sharing the ID with developers even more painless. Check out our video inside to see how it works. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger now lets you share and view fullscreen photos and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Facebook today issued a small update to the Messenger client for iOS. Now bumped to version 9.0 (yeah, their versioning scheme is a bit odd), the refreshed iPhone and iPad application finally makes it possible to share and view fullscreen photos and videos.

Previously, sharing a photo or a short video clip would render content in a smaller section within the larger conversation view, similar to Apple’s iMessage… Read More

 

BrightPlayer: add brightness slider and rotation lock to iOS video player

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 31, 2014

The idea for BrightPlayer originally came from a Reddit post in /r/jailbreak, where a jailbreaker pitched his tweak concept to any interested developers out there. The result is a handy little jailbreak tweak for adjusting display brightness and toggling rotation lock from the iOS video player.

BrightPlayer is a great example of a simple tweak that adds a small amount of convenience to a certain area of iOS. I’ve quite frequently found myself having to invoke Control Center to up my display brightness when launching a video, and all too often I’m toggling rotation lock to keep the video in landscape. BrightPlayer fixes these issues by adding options for both screen brightness levels and rotation lock directly into iOS’s video player… Read More

 

Microsoft adds new features to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Software giant Microsoft has issued a trio of updates to its Office for iPad applications in the App Store. Now available as free downloads, the refreshed editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad bring over a dozen new capabilities enhancing your experience.

Some of the headline improvements include much-requested user-facing features such as the ability to use third-party fonts in your documents, export docs as PDF files, a new Presenter View for PowerPoint, new Picture Tools that let you crop to focus on the right part of an image, external keyboard support in Excel and more… Read More

 

Wunderlist 3 releases, adding real-time sync, public lists and 60+ new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

After previewing its major version 3.0 update earlier this month, 6Wunderkinder has now released the refreshed Wunderlist 3, the latest version of the popular cross-platform to-do, task and list management app.

With 60+ new features across iOS, Android, Chromebooks, Mac and on the web, Wunderlist 3 is a huge release for the Berlin, Germany-based company. Two standout new features deserve a mention: an all-new real-time syncing engine and public lists… Read More

 

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo launches iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo last month soft-launched its inaugural iPhone app in the Canadian App Store. As of today, the software is available to download in the United States and App Stores around the world.

The free of charge iPhone-only app lets you manage and support Indiegogo campaigns on the go (pun intended) by discovering new campaigns through recommendations based on past activity and preferred categories.

The app will send you notifications each time a contribution is made to you campaign. Yes, you can also post campaign updates and photos, thank contributors and more… Read More

 

QuickFolders: a more efficient way to launch apps in folders

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 31, 2014

QuickFolders is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will allow users to launch apps contained in folders using a single tap and hold gesture. The tweak, which should be hitting Cydia any day now, will also allow users to venture into nested folders, switch folder pages, and exit folders all in one motion.

We’ve gotten our hands on a preview build of QuickFolders and have put it through its paces. While it isn’t quite as stable as it’ll hopefully be when the tweak officially launches, the potential is undeniable. Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the break for more information. Read More

 

Samsung’s troubles prove Apple knows exactly what it’s doing with its iPhone business

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Samsung’s co-CEO and mobile chief J.K. Shin is in the hot seat as the company posts its third straight quarter of operating-profit declines.

It’s fascinating to watch how quickly things are turning for the conglomerate responsible for nearly one-fifth of South Korea’s Gross domestic product.

Operating profits were down sharply, decreasing a whopping 25 percent year over year. More importantly, Samsung’s favorite business metric – the market share – is under pressure, too: its worldwide share of smartphones slipped to 25 percent in the second quarter from 32 percent a year earlier.

This is bad news considering that 76 percent of the firm’s profit comes from smartphones. What gives? Read More

 

Sega releases Crazy Taxi: City Rush worldwide

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

After soft-launching in select markets, Crazy Taxi: City Rush, an all new sequel to Sega’s popular arcade phenomenon, has now launched globally for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Available free of charge with optional In-App Purchases, the game introduces intuitive one-touch driving controls and packs in a bunch of new crazy passengers, a brand new city to explore and a variety of special missions and challenges.

Created by the original Crazy Taxi designer, Kenji Kanno, and Sega’s top mobile developer, Hardlight (creators of Sonic Dash, Sonic Jump and Sonic Jump Fever), City Rush stays true to its arcade racing roots… Read More

 

Weather Channel for iPhone gains detailed hurricane tracking, boat and beach planner

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

The Weather Channel, Apple’s new data provider for the stock iOS 8 Weather app, has refreshed its iPhone app with a pair of useful new features.

Version 6.2, now available free in the App Store, introduces a Hurricane Central feature for detailed hurricane tracking and another one dubbed Boat and Beach Planner that lets you prep for the beaches with the marine forecast summary.

Jump past the fold for full details… Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6 launching on October 14, an ‘immense’ day for Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

According to a rather dubious rumor published by MacRumors, citing a source familiar with an internal Apple Retail Store meeting, a senior Store Leader allegedly told staff that the whole month of October will be very busy for Apple Stores and the company itself, singling out October 14 as a particularly “immense” day for Apple.

Furthermore, the company is apparently planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, nearly a month ahead of the iPhone 6‘s assumed October 14 launch… Read More

 

Bio Inc. – Biomedical Plague review: kill your patient with lethal diseases

By Lory Gil on Jul 31, 2014

I’ve always been a fan of apocalyptic situations. If it’s a meteor headed straight for Earth or a virus that turns humans into zombies, I’m up for it. I like it even more when I get to virtually participate in a simulated version of a killer situation.

Bio Inc.  – Biomedical Plague is a simulation app that allows you to slowly kill your patient by injecting him with a variety of medical conditions. As his health deteriorates, you’ll have more ways to kill him off. We took the game for a test run and have a review of Bio Inc. for you today… Read More

 
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