Meet Apple’s new Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

In addition to refreshing its iMac lineup with enhanced screen technology and faster chips across all models while giving the 21.5-inch iMac the new Retina 4K display and removing non-5K Retina models from the 27-inch lineup, Apple has also introduced a trio of new accessories.

As rumored before, the second-generation Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad have been announced, as well as an all-new aluminum keyboard marketed under the Magi Keyboard moniker. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 104: This is the future

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

Episode 104: Jeff buys an Apple Watch, hands-on with the Hermes Cuff band, Samsung vs TSMC chips, kids using social media, force-qutting apps and battery life, iPad Pro thoughts, opinions on Surface Book and the future of operating systems.

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Apple launches 21.5-inch iMac with 4K screen, all 27-inchers now have 5K Retina display

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

As suspected, Apple today announced a refresh to its all-in-one desktop, refreshing the 21.5-inch model with a brand spanking new screen with 4K resolution versus full HD 1080p screens on the previous-generation model.

In addition, the Retina 5K display is now available on every 27-inch iMac as Apple has removed the non-Retina 27-inch models from sale.

The updated all-in-ones also come outfitted with more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.

Last but not least, the Cupertino firm has refreshed its keyboard, mouse and trackpad accessories with Force Touch features, latest Bluetooth networking and more. Read More


New in iOS 9: scrub through your photos quickly

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

On the surface, the refined Photos app in iOS 9 hasn’t changed much from the previous release. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll discover a few gems that might not be readily apparent but will leave you wondering how you lived without them.

For example, images taken with your iPhone’s front-facing camera automatically go into a new ‘Selfies’ album.

Similarly, screenshots taken by simultaneously pressing the power and Home buttons get saved into a new ‘Screenshots’ album. Today, I want to talk about another new feature in iOS 9’s Photos app: quick photo-scrubbing. Read More


Jump Jack review: a retro platformer that will keep you on the edge

By Lory Gil on Oct 13, 2015

If you are looking for a retro style arcade platformer, this is your lucky week. A brother duo development team has just launched a game that clearly was created from the minds of old school gamers.

Jump Jack is an action platformer that does not stop. Every panel of every level is fast paced and leaves you out of breath. We’ve got a game review of Jump Jack for you today. Read More


GMYLE iPhone 6s wallet case looks like a tiny vintage book

By Lory Gil on Oct 13, 2015

I’m a bit of a sucker for kitschy and novelty cases. You may recall my over-exuberance about a certain bottle opener/cigarette lighter case. If it looks like something it’s not, or has features that don’t belong on a case, I’m interested.

The GMYLE iPhone 6s wallet case could fit into the novelty category, but it looks so classy that you can’t call it kitschy. It looks like you are holding a tiny leather-bound book. Read More


How to put folders inside folders on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

Since folders first appeared on iOS, there have always been glitches that make it possible to place a folder within a folder. iOS 9 is no different, it too allows you to nest folders on your iPhone. To do so is extremely easy, and requires no quick movements, or ridiculous over the top finger cramping combinations methods.

The only downside about using this method to nest folders is that you’ll have to do it all over again when you restart your iPhone. In this post and video, I’ll show you how simple it is to nest folders on iOS 9 in just a few seconds. Read More


How to add f.lux-like screen gamma settings to a non-jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

Gamma Thingy is a new app available on GitHub from developer Thomas Finch. It allows non-jailbroken iPhone owners running iOS 9 to change their screen gamma values for f.lux-like functionality. What’s remarkable about this little app is that you don’t need to be jailbroken to run it, and it works system wide.

Lots of users like f.lux, because it makes viewing a backlit screen in less than ideal lighting conditions easier on the eyes. I use f.lux on my Mac, and it makes working at night more tolerable. I also use f.lux on my jailbroken devices from time to time.

Gamma Thingy can be installed on your iPhone running iOS 9 today via a simple sideloading process. Check out this post to learn what’s required.

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How to sideload apps on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

As you’ve likely heard, iOS 9 allows you to sideload apps on to your iPhone or iPad using Xcode 7. This means that you can find an open source app, load it into Xcode, and deploy it to your device, bypassing the App Store in the process. All of this can be done without a paid developer account.

This essentially amounts to Apple “opening up” iOS to all apps. All it takes is a little knowledge of Xcode 7, an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9, and a little bit of time. Of course, there are always variations and one-offs that appear from time to time, but for the most part, sideloading apps is easy. In this post, we’ll show you how. Read More


Mimoji tweak lets you establish favorite emojis and default skin color

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

Mimoji is a well-designed jailbreak tweak that affords users several customization options related to emoji. First and foremost, users are allowed to establish favorite emoji, which can be selected from all available emoji. Secondly, Mimoji lets users select a default skin color for ‘human’ emojis. If you’re a frequent emoji user and you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, then Mimoji is certainly worth checking out. Read More


How to change dictation language on Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

As part of the Apple Watch setup procedure, you’re asked to select your preferred language that will be used system-wide in apps, the user interface and other places. Your choice also determines the language used for dictation.

For example, my watch is set to English even though my mother tongue is Croatian (I just find English user interfaces easier to use).

Unfortunately, this gives me headache if I want to dictate messages to my local buddies in Croatian, not English. But did you know that you can transcribe words spoken in languages other than your default one?

I sure as hell did not and am not ashamed to admit that I was totally oblivious to using multiple languages for the Apple Watch’s dictation feature. In this post, I’m going to teach you real quick how to do just that with a few easy-to-follow steps. Read More


How to customize default replies in Messages and Mail for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

The Apple Watch includes a pretty robust implementation of iOS’s Messages and Mail apps allowing you to respond to text messages with dictation, an animated emoji, a map showing your location, an audio clip or one of Apple’s built-in canned responses such as “On my way,” “Sorry, can’t talk right now…”, “See you soon” and some such.

You can select one of default replies when composing a new message or replying to one. Thankfully, stock replies are fully customizable so you can change them to say anything you like. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 9.1 beta 5 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Less than a week following iOS 9.1 beta 4, Apple on Monday issued a brand new, fifth beta of what would become iOS 9’s first major software update.

iOS 9.1 beta 5 (build 13B137) for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available to both members of the Apple Developer Program and public beta testers.

In addition, the software is available as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers. Read More


Vimeo updated with iOS 9 Spotlight support, iPad multitasking, picture-in-picture & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

The popular video-sharing service Vimeo has refreshed its iPhone and iPad application in the App Store with full support for iOS 9 technologies. For starters, videos you upload to the service and other content can now be found through iOS 9’s much improved Spotlight Search engine.

Moreover, the new Vimeo 5.6 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now lets you multitask like a boss on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 in side-by-side Split View and Slide Over modes while enjoying video in iOS 9’s picture-in-picture mode. Read More


Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iOS gain comment editing, file renaming, fonts and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Microsoft on Monday issued a refresh to its mobile office programs on the App Store: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These productivity applications now feature on-the-go comment editing, file renaming, quickly jumping to a page and much more.

Last month, the Windows giant has rolled out matching updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint with full support for iOS 9’s new Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. In addition, the apps have gained useful shortcuts on iPads with wireless keyboards, Vietnamese localization and other perks. Read More


Facebook updates iOS app with 3D Touch support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Facebook’s mobile iPhone and iPad application has received a quick update today, adding support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but not the Peek and Pop in-app features.

Still, you can now press firmly Facebook’s icon on the Home screen for quick access to the following shortcuts: Take Photo/Video, Upload Photo/Video and Write Post. Read More


BatteryIcon tweak brings a battery indicator icon to the Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

BatteryIcon is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings a battery-level-displaying shortcut icon to the Home screen. The icon itself lends you an approximation of current battery life, and the shortcut links directly to the Battery Usage section of the Settings app.

Like the stock Clock app, BatteryIcon is a “live” icon in that it updates dynamically to show the current battery level via a battery glyph and the color (low battery shows a red color) of the icon itself. Due to this, you’re able to quickly glance at the main portion of the Home screen for a quick indication of how your battery is doing. Read More


Day One journaling app updated for iOS 9 with 3D Touch support and native watchOS 2 app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Day One by Bloom Built, my go-to journaling app for iOS and the Mac, has had an app for the Apple Watch since April 2015, but it used to be hampered by the limitations of watchOS.

With watchOS 2, apps can now run directly on the wearable device and more independently of its connected iPhone, resulting in better responsiveness and faster execution. A brand new release of Day One now includes a native watchOS 2 app, support for 3D Touch Home screen shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and more. Read More


iOS 9’s Wi-Fi Assist, fully explained and demystified

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Wi-Fi Assist, a new feature in iOS 9, was initially met with some skepticism as Apple did a lousy job detailing how it works beyond stating that Wi-Fi Assist automatically uses cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor.

“With Wi-Fi Assist, you can stay connected to the Internet even if you have a poor Wi-Fi connection,” the iPhone maker said somewhat critically.

However, inexperienced users might encounter some unwanted effects when using their devices in areas with low Wi-Fi signal because Wi-Fi Assist will activate their carrier’s mobile data network and therefore possibly lead to increased data consumption and unwanted overage fees on the wireless bill.

Here’s what Apple is saying how Wi-Fi exactly works. Read More


Apple partnering with local retailer Croma to set up first stores in India next month

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

At long last, first Apple Stores are about to launch in India, home to population of 1.25 billion people. As reported by The Economic Times, Apple Stores will be debuting in India in partnership with Tata-owned consumer electronics chain Croma, which will host Apple products at six of its locations as a pilot.

Apple’s tried and tested store-within-a-store concept will go live at five Croma stores in Mumbai—Malad, Juhu, Oberoi Mall and Phoenix Mall—in addition to Croma’s Jayanagar store in the city of Bengaluru, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state and the center of the country’s technology industry. Read More

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