Apple releases OS X El Capitan Public Beta 3

By Cody Lee on Jul 29, 2015

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third public beta of OS X El Capitan to testers. The release comes just two days after beta 5 of El Capitan was pushed out to developers and three weeks after the first public beta.

The new build is available to registered public testers who are already on beta 2 via the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or through the beta web portal as a standalone download. You can enroll in the program by clicking here. Read More

 

Yahoo unveils LiveText, its new Snapchat-esque messaging app with text and silent video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

As vaguely hinted yesterday, Yahoo held a press conference in New York City this morning to announce its brand new mobile product: a messaging app called LiveText.

The app recently soft-launched in HongKong, Taiwan and Ireland and is scheduled to roll out in more markets tomorrow, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as soon as it hits the US App Store.

LiveText promises to transform simple conversations into rich, fun and memorable experiences with text and live video, but without sound. It’s very Snapchat-esque and you might be willing to give it a try. Read More

 

Poll: will you continue using Apple Music past the trial period?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Apple Music has been available for a little more than a month now and the service already has dozens, if not hundreds of problems to complain about which have earned it mixed reviews from the press.

Apple Music’s biggest advantage, its tight integration with the rest of the Apple ecosystem, is being erased for some amid a flurry of issues, ranging from disappearing music, issues with DRM, user interface inconsistencies and poor implementation in iTunes, to mention just a few.

You’ve heard the horror stories and have hopefully played long enough with Apple Music in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not you’ll continue using it once the free three-month trial expires. Read More

 

Fantastical for iPhone gains drafts feature [bonus: promo codes giveaway]

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Developer FlexiBits has issued an update to Fantastical’s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps this morning. This premium calendar and reminder replacement software for iOS, watchOS and OS X now includes complete support for Japanese users across its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch editions.

More importantly, Fantastical 2.4 for iPhone now includes drafts, a handy new feature addition that makes it possible to multitask while adding new items quickly and easily. The update is rolling out as we speak and should be available in the App Store shortly.

As a nice bonus, the fine folk at Flexibits have kindly provided more than a dozen promo codes for you, our readers, to redeem so read on to potentially grab your free copy of Fantastical. Read More

 

Apple posts an update improving FaceTime camera compatibility on Windows for Boot Camp users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

If you use Apple’s Boot Camp software to run Windows and OS X in a dual-boot configuration, you’re advised to install the company’s new driver update for the FaceTime camera on 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The FaceTime Camera Driver Update, a manual download from Apple’s website, improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. This update is recommended for all Boot Camp users. Read More

 

This app lets you transfer your Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music with a single click

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Our own Jeff Benjamin told you about an Apple Script for exporting your Spotify playlists into Apple Music. Now there’s now an even easier method to migrate your music to Apple Music as someone has built a dedicated app to transfer Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music with a single click.

Created by two guys from California who call themselves Move To Apple, their new app aptly named Move to Apple Music automates the process of migrating all your music and playlists from Spotify or Rdio to Apple Music, in exchange for $4.99. Read More

 

Breakthrough could bring 1,000 times faster flash storage with much longer lifespan to iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Chip makers Intel and Micron today announced a major breakthrough in memory process technology which promises to increase the performance of NAND flash chips by a factor of 1,000.

The name of this game-changing technology is 3D Xpoint, pronounced as “crosspoint”. Not only does it enable 1,000 times faster performance, but has up to 1,000X greater endurance than NAND flash and is 10X denser than conventional memory.

By comparison, today’s solid state drives typically offer between a hundred to up to a thousand times faster seek times versus traditional hard drive technology. Just don’t count on Intel’s new ultra-fast flash storage appearing in the next iPhone because a claimed logic board for an ‘iPhone 6s’ shows 19-nanometer flash memory chips by Toshiba. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 118: Alympus has fallen

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 29, 2015

Episode 118: We discuss some of the top myths about jailbreaking, the new Alympus tweak from Surenix and Kyle Howells, new jailbreak malware surfaces, Snapchat backtracks on banning jailbreakers from its app, and several new jailbreak tweaks.

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Save 39% on the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set & Jimmy Tool bundle

By iDB Deals on Jul 29, 2015

If you want to tackle tech repairs on phones, tablets, cameras and laptops you’ll need some specialist tools, and there are no better on the market than the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set bundle, all for $59.99  –  saving 39%.

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Yoobao’s Executive Smart Cover for iPad Air 2 has an elegant look

By Lory Gil on Jul 29, 2015

When stepping out with your iPad Air 2, you may want to go natural and show off the beautiful design that Apple is known for. Or, you may want to protect your investment while still keeping a classy look.

Yoobao makes a genuine leather Executive Smart Cover for the iPad Air 2 that protects and looks good. Its thin design and soft leather look will make you feel like a CEO, even if you are a barista. Read More

 

How to hide Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Now that you’ve tried Apple Music thanks to Apple’s generous three-month free trial, you may have decided that the service just isn’t cut for you.

Though impossible to get rid of it completely, you can temporarily hide most of Apple Music’s aspects.

Our previous tutorial has taught you how to disconnect from Apple Music’s Connect feature and today’s how-to lays out the steps to hide Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac and go back to the old way of enjoying music. Read More

 

Yahoo reportedly readying a new messaging app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

According to Re/code journalist and technology columnist Kara Swisher, the Internet’s pioneering company, Yahoo, will announce a brand new mobile messaging app at a forthcoming media event.

The press conference is apparently scheduled for later this week, but the company has yet to formally announce it.

“It’s likely a messaging app,“ Swisher wrote on Twitter this morning. Yahoo’s press event should be held in New York City and serve as a launchpad for new consumer products focused on mobile. Read More

 

Motorola takes on Apple’s iPhone with a trio of new Moto handsets

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

At a press event earlier this morning, handset maker Motorola unveiled a pair of new would-be iPhone killers, the larger-screened Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Additionally, the firm has refreshed its budget-minded Moto G handset, which now has a waterproof shell.

The 5.5-inch Moto X Style looks to one-up the latest iPhones with better hardware and will expectedly take on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes, which are expected to launch this fall.

The 5.5-inch Play, on the other hand, was designed to match most of the iPhone 6 Plus’s innards. Both the Style and the Play blow iPhones out of the water with more advanced imaging features. Read More

 

Alympus: a meticulously-designed App Switcher replacement with tons of character

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2015

Well-respected developer Kyle Howells, and renowned UI designer, Surenix, have teamed up for something special. Their new collaborative project, called Alympus, has just been released on Cydia, and it brings a completely redesigned App Switcher, Control Center, and Music Controls interface to iOS 8.

Alympus was teased this past Sunday, but that teaser was just that—a tease. In the video that follows, I’ll break down all of Alympus’ features. Once you see all of what Alympus has to offer, I think you’ll agree that there’s more than meets the eye. Read More

 

T-Mobile will let those who buy an iPhone 6 this summer upgrade to upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ for free

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Did you purchase your current iPhone 6 for $15 per month through T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand trade-in program? If so, you’ll be automatically eligible for a free upgrade to Apple’s ‘iPhone 6s’—or whatever it will be called when it’s released this fall.

In addition to permitting its Simple Choice customers to listen to their favorite songs on Apple Music without taking a byte of their monthly 4G LTE data, carrier T-Mobile today announced that iPhone customers participating in said upgrade plan will be able to get their hands on Apple’s next-gen handset without paying anything to upgrade or increasing their monthly JUMP! On Demand payment. Read More

 

T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

T-Mobile has added Apple Music to the list of supported streaming services for Music Freedom, an initiative which allows subscribers to stream their favorite songs through services like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and more, over T-Mobile’s cellular network and without burning their 4G LTE data.

Hailed as T-Mobile’s “last Un-Carrier Amped move of the summer,” Simple Choice customers can now enjoy Apple’s streaming music service without worrying about Apple Music cellular data usage counting against their monthly 4G LTE allowance. Read More

 

Motorola’s new wireless headphones come with an iOS app and Find My iPhone-like functionality

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Motorola held ‘A Better Mobile Relationship’ press event this morning to announce some new hardware, including the third-generation Moto G handset, a second Moto X called the Moto X Play and its brand new flagship, the Moto X Style.

In addition to the new smartphones, the handset maker has released a pair of new wireless headphones: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 Moto surround in-ear earbuds.

Both are Bluetooth 4.1-compatible and use Motorola’ companion iOS app called Motorola Connect for battery management, easy pairing, Find My iPhone-like functionality and other perks. Read More

 

Apple Music reportedly signed up more than 10 million subscribers in its first month

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

A new report Tuesday by Hits Daily Double alleges that Apple’s new streaming-music services has signed up more than ten million customers in its first four weeks. Citing “inside sources at some of the major labels,” the streaming statistics was reportedly shared with content owners by Apple itself.

Apple Music is free during its first three months, after which iTunes will charge customers’ credit card on file $9.99 per month to continue using the service, or $14.99 for a family of six. Read More

 

HSBC and First Direct customers in the UK can now use Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Two weeks after Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom, HSBC and First Direct customers can now use the service. Both banks were originally supposed to support Apple Pay at launch, and were even mentioned in Apple’s support document listing participating banks, but were delayed due to “some issues” until late July.

Apple Pay in the UK imposes a £20 transaction limit as a security measure due to outdated POS terminals. Apple said the £20 limit will increase to £30 in September. The cap will go away once retailers roll out more modern contactless payment terminals. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 092: Mice and goats

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2015

Episode 92: We talk Apple earnings for Q3 2015, electric cars, the Apple Watch 2 and the potential for a FaceTime camera, Apple Watch hitting Best Buy stores, iOS 9 beta 4, and new rumors about the next iPad mini.

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