Google’s wireless service will reportedly switch between carriers for best connection

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports Google’s upcoming and rumored wireless service won’t rely on one single carrier, and instead will switch between networks to give customers the best wireless signal.

The service will feature new technology that would hunt through cellular connections provided by Sprint and T-Mobile and Wi-Fi hotspots, picking whichever offers the best signal to route calls, texts and data, the newspaper’s sources said.  Read More

 

Second Yosemite update looms: Wi-Fi fixes, iCloud Drive in Time Machine and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Despite all the talk of a problematic decline in software quality, Apple is feeling your pain and isn’t standing still.

Currently in testing, a second update to OS X Yosemite is due later this week. First of all, Mac OS X 10.10.2 apparently squashes that annoying bug which manifests itself annoyingly as intermittent Wi-Fi issues.

Another one resolves a bug preventing your Mac from reconnecting to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep, causing you to manually disable and re-enable Wi-Fi, which gets old fast.

Next, iCloud Drive should be now accessible directly in Time Machine, including the ability to track changes to files and documents.

Moreover, 10.10.2 prevents the so-called ‘Thunderstrike’ hardware exploit which targets Macs equipped with high-bandwidth Thunderbolt ports and also includes other important fixes. Read More

 

Here are the record numbers Wall Street analysts are expecting from Apple

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Apple is set to report its earnings for the Christmas quarter on Tuesday after the market closes. Before the numbers hit in roughly 24 hours, Bloomberg has averaged numbers from Wall Street analysts to see how the company may fare. And as Business Insider puts it, this earnings report is going to be the big oneRead More

 

MasterCard bringing Apple Pay to PGA Tour, offering rewards

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

MasterCard announced on Monday that it’s bringing Apple Pay to the PGA Tour, starting with the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Phoenix, Arizona later this week. Read More

 

AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.88 billion, building out ‘North American Mobile Service’

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

AT&T is getting another Nextel brand under its name.

AT&T announced on Monday it’s acquiring Nextel Mexico for $1.88 billion, marking the second carrier in the region it’s purchased this month.

AT&T is acquiring Nextel Mexico’s spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 3 million subscribers. The network covers 76 million people, giving AT&T lots of room to grow in Mexico.  Read More

 

Cutting the cord gets real: $20 per month Sling TV service rolling out

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Better late than never — at last it’s possible to get premium entertainment without having to become a cable subscriber.

Sling TV, Dish’s new web-based subscription service, promises a revolution: in exchange for a flat fee of twenty bucks per month, it taps the Internet to deliver a package of ESPN and a bunch of other premium live feeds to a plethora of different devices, no contract and no commitment required, Re/code reported Monday.

The staggered roll-out begins today: just register on the Sling.com website and wait patiently for that invite to hit your inbox (they’ll start sending them at midnight). The service will be “widely available in the next couple weeks.” Read More

 

Stanford makes ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Stanford has made its ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U on Monday, helping beginners gain an understanding of Apple’s new programming language.

The course is available to download for free, and Stanford says you should have C language and object-oriented programming experience already to make the most of the course.  Read More

 

1Password gains Login Creator, one-time Password tool with 2-step verification support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

1Password, the popular password-manager application for iOS and OS X, has just received a nice refresh in the App Store and Mac App Store, respectively.

Available as a freemium download, 1Password 5.2 brings out a new Login Creator feature available to all users, a one-time Password tool for Pro users, a bunch of syncing improvements and several other enhancements that improve your experience. Read More

 

Apple closing TestFlight for new iTunes Connect-based system

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Apple has begun sending emails to inform legacy TestFlight users that the service will be closing down on February 26, 2015, following Apple’s purchase of TestFlight’s parent company close to a year ago.

Apple is moving TestFlightApp.com users to its all-new TestFlight Beta Testing found in iTunes Connect. Apps won’t be instantly transferred to the new service, app developers will need to set up their apps for the new TestFlight Beta Testing in iTunes Connect. Read More

 

Apple’s new store in China is all-glass cylinder covered by another breathtaking mural

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

New SVP of Retail and former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts said Apple’s retail presence in China is going to expand from 15 to 40 stores within two years.

And one of the new stores is opening this Sunday in Chongqing, a major metropolis in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in the 1.33 billion people country.

Scheduled to open at 10am local time on Sunday, January 31, the store is officially called Jiefangbei. It’s even more gorgeous than the Pudong store in Shanghai and marks Apple’s second flagship outlet that uses its patented cylindrical glass entrance design.

Apple posted a video posted to its Chinese retail website ahead of grand opening, detailing a collaboration between artist Yangyang Pan and photographer and engineer Navid Baraty who joined forces to create a breathtaking art mural for the store. Read More

 

Apple expected to report selling more iPhones in China than in US

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

A report published Monday in The Financial Times newspaper suggests a tantalizing prospect for iPhone sales as Apple is expected to announce selling more handsets in China than in the United States when it reports fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings after the markets close tomorrow.

Headlined ‘China buying more iPhones than US,’ reporter Tim Bradshaw’s article cites reputable analysts who estimate that the Cupertino firm has “reached the turning point in iPhone sales” following the iPhone 6’s release in China and a landmark deal with China Mobile, the country’s largest network operator. Read More

 

Martin Hajek imagines rumored iPad Pro stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Renowned 3D designer Martin Hajek recently published on his personal blog a batch of nice renderings representing his artistic take on Apple’s rumored creative stylus accessory.

Hajek’s creation “borrows the design language of the iPad Pro” and includes interesting such features as an Apple Watch like digital crown of sorts for additional operations, capacitive +/- slider for adjusting options and a glowing Apple logo. Read More

 

Twitterrific gains multi-image uploading/viewing, more media previews and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

The Iconfactory on Monday pushed an update to its freemium Twitter client for the iPhone and iPad.

Twitterrific 5, now bumped to version 5.9, brings out multi-image upload support, multi-image viewing support, as well as the ability to watch Twitter animated GIFs and videos from Vine, Instagram, Moby and other services in the timeline.

Moreover, there’s support for rich media previews for a wide variety of additional links.

Finally, the latest edition of the app includes half a dozen improvements while squashing a few annoying bugs. Read More

 

Samsung to supply around 75 percent of A9 chips for the next iPhone?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Apple’s forthcoming S-refresh of the iPhone — let’s call it an ‘iPhone 6s’ — is likely going to run an in-house designed ‘A9’ mobile processor and as much as 75 percent of the chips will be manufactured by Samsung, Reuters reported Monday citing a story in the South Korean newspaper Maeil Business.

Samsung is going to make the chips from its factory in Austin, Texas though it’s unclear how much the contract is worth (likely billions) and which supplier has picked up the remaining 25 percent of orders. Read More

 

CommitTo3 helps you pledge accountability to stay on tasks

By Lory Gil on Jan 26, 2015

Some tasks are easy to complete on your own, like washing dishes or feeding the cat. Others are harder and sometimes you need extra help to stick to them, like quitting smoking or exercising everyday. One way to stay on track is to ask your friends and family to hold you accountable to your goals.

CommitTo3 is a goal creation app that lets you work with teams to complete tasks. Whether it is a group-oriented project, or a personal goal that you need help staying committed to, you can gather your posse and get started. Read More

 

Apple adds new ‘Free on iTunes’ section to iTunes

By Jake Smith on Jan 25, 2015

Apple has updated its iTunes Store app on iOS and desktop in the US with a new “Free on iTunes” section found on the homepage to help users find content without having to spend money.

As the name implies, the “Free on iTunes” tab shows music and full length TV show episodes that can be downloaded free of charge. Read More

 

Noted analyst pegs 12″ MacBook Air for Q1, reiterates March launch of Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Pretty accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a brand new note to clients. In it, he confirmed an earlier report calling for a March release date of the Apple Watch (remember, Apple’s retail boss mentioned a vague Spring release date).

In the note, a copy of which was obtained last evening by MacRumors, Kuo also claims that a rumored MacBook Air refresh with a twelve-inch Retina display and a radically redesigned chassis will go on sale during the first quarter of this year. Read More

 

23 new jailbreak tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Jan 25, 2015

Looking at the amount of new tweaks released this past week, it seems that there definitely is a slowdown happening. For reference, the last couple weeks had seen 30+ releases, some of them being massive tweaks too.

The last few days have indeed been more quiet, and the Jailbreak Tweaks section on iDB is a testimony of that. But let’s not get discouraged. Maybe it was just one of those slow weeks, and things will pick up again in the next few days. In the meantime, have a look at these 23 tweaks and let us know which ones have peeked your interest. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac pulled from Mac App Store over running afoul of Twitter’s token ceiling

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Bad news, Tweetbot fans. Developer Paul Haddad woke up this morning to the realization that his popular Twitter client for the Mac has been pulled from the Mac App Store.

As if the app’s disappearance wasn’t enough, existing copies are experiencing authentication issues, allegedly over reaching Twitter’s strict limits on how many users are permitted to login to a particular application, as first discovered by 9to5Mac.

“We are aware of Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” reads the official tweet from developer Tapbots. “We have contacted Twitter and are waiting for a response. Thanks for your patience.” Read More

 

Superbowl XLIX wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

By Jim Gresham on Jan 25, 2015

The annual event where everyone in America acts like they loved football year round. For die hard fans, Super Bowl XLIX is the culmination of a destiny for their chosen team. After many Sundays and Mondays of ceaselessly cheering, the Super Bowl is a proving grounds for only the top two NFL teams.

In stark contrast, many more Americans crowd around the TV for plenty of beer, hot wings, nachos, beanie weenies, peanut butter filled pretzels, potato chips, and the commercials. Regardless of allegiance, millions of people will watch for some reason, even if they just happen to be in the same room for social purposes. To celebrate the madness, show your team spirit with these Superbowl XLIX wallpapers and cheer on your team in the comment section below. Read More

 
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