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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iTunes music sales dipped sharply since start of 2014 as iPod turned 13 yesterday

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

If you need another proof that Apple made the right move dropping more than three billion bucks on Beats’s audio accessories and music-streaming service, here’s one.

According to people familiar with the matter who spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, the decline of digital music sales on iTunes is accelerating with latest data showing between a thirteen and fourteen percent dip globally since the start of this year.

By comparison, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimated that global revenue from music downloads fell just 2.1 percent in 2013. Clearly this development doesn’t bode well for iTunes, but can Apple do anything about it? Read on for the full reveal. Read More

 

Saurik brings AFC2 support to iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2014

For those of you who prefer to manage iOS’s file system via USB, we have some good news for you. Saurik recently pushed an AFC packaged called Apple File Conduit 2 to jailbroken iOS 8 users. The package, which is downloadable from Cydia right now, allows users to browse the entire iOS root file system when your device is connected to your computer via USB. Read More

 

HuddleLamp combines all your Apple mobile devices into a massive multitouch canvas

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

What if you could combine screens of iOS devices sitting on your table into one massive multitouch enabled canvas that you could interact with?

That’s what researchers with the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Konstanz in Germany set out to create with their noteworthy HuddleLamp project.

Basically a tabletop with a built-in 3D camera that sits above, the HuddleLamp uses smart software which analyzes RGB and depth data to not only detect your mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, but also track hand movement and determine their relative position to one another.

The results are impressive: the HuddleLamp can detect interactions above and between displays so you can swipe and toss information from one device to another, render a huge map across the devices with each screen showing only a portion of the map and what not. Read More

 

Video shows iPad Air 2 being subjected to non-scientific drop test

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

Every time a new Apple mobile product comes along, you can bet that prolific YouTubers will be first out of the gate with those silly, non-scientific drop test videos. As you may have guessed, the iPad Air 2 is no exception.

Courtesy of YouTuber TechRax, we now know that the latest 9.7-inch Apple tablet’s screen won’t survive being dropped on the front glass panel from approximately five feet high. Watch the video embedded right after the break.

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Tim Cook: bringing Apple Pay to China ‘is on the top of our list’

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2014

Repeating his favorite line that China, home to 1.33 billion people, is a key market to Apple, CEO Tim Cook said bringing Apple’s revolutionary mobile payments system to the country “is on the top of the list”.

“China is a really key market for us,” Cook told state-run Xinhua news agency Friday. ”Everything we do, we are going to work it here. Apple Pay is on the top of the list.”

Cook and his teams at Apple were still “seeking to understand” the steps needed to make Apple Pay a reality for Chinese customers, the report added. Read More

 
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