Adobe updates Lightroom for iOS with support for iPhone 7 Plus dual-lens camera & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

iOS 10 provides new APIs allowing third-party photography apps to capture and edit raw image data in the DNG format, and Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad are among first apps to implement photo capture in the highest possible RAW quality. Earlier this week, Adobe released updates to Lightroom for iOS to help users take advantage of the new iPhone 7 camera’s raw shooting capabilities, including support for the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual-lens camera. Read More

 

I hate to Love songs on Apple Music

By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2016

While Apple likes to put emphasis on the human curation that goes behind the scenes, Apple Music is still largely powered by algorithms that learn about your music tastes by looking at your own library, but also by looking at your recent activity, including the songs you Love.

The more you play a song, the more the algorithm understands you like that song, and maybe by extension that band. If you Love a song, you’re also signaling that this is a tune you particularly enjoy. Algorithms then crunch data based on your behavior to improve music suggestions for you.

For the past year, my favorite way to train Apple Music’s algorithms was to actively Love songs. It was a quick and simple way for me to tell Apple “hey, I really like that, please play this more often and also play more songs similar to that one.”

But the big, bold, confusing mess of a redesign that happened with iOS 10 has changed a lot of things, including how you now Love songs on Apple Music. Read More

 

Konami’s popular trading card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links hitting iOS this winter

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Konami today announced that its popular card trading game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, will be launching on the iPhone and iPad this winter.

Based on both the manga Yu-Gi-Oh!, which was serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996, and the fifth iteration of the Yu-Gi-Oh!, the game promises to kindle the spirit of Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba and other famous characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise in competitive card battle action. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure now supports haptic feedback via iPhone 7’s new Taptic Engine

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Developer Snowman pushed a nice little update to Alto’s Adventure, its award winning endless snowboard odyssey for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which implements rich haptic feedback for users with iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus devices. Apple allows developers to create custom vibrations on the iPhone 7’s improved Taptic Engine via a Taptic API.

Snowman is among the first developers to have implemented Taptic feedback. Read More

 

More people are interested in buying AirPods than Apple Watch Series 2

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

According to a new survey of more than a thousand customers in the United States, conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and cited in today’s BusinessInsider article, a whopping twelve percent of respondents are interested in buying Apple’s $159 wireless AirPods earbuds when they go on sale next month, resulting in an incremental $3 billion in revenue.

In fact, more respondents said they planned to purchase the AirPods than the new Apple Watch Series 2 (eight percent). Read More

 

KGI: 2017 iPhones to sport glass front/back, stainless steel edges on high-end models

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Back in April, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the Tenth Anniversary iPhone would undergo significant design changes, ditching the LCD screen and unibody aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure and a wraparound AMOLED panel protected by curved 2.5 glass cover on the front.

In a new report issued to clients today, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo says that there is “increasing likelihood” that all 2017 iPhones will have all-glass front and back, with a high-end iPhone 8 model adopting a stainless steel metal frame rather than aluminum. Read More

 

Spotify expands in the Japanese market

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Spotify, the top music streaming service, today launched in Japan, the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP and home to population of 127 million people. The company announced at a press event in Tokyo that the service is currently available to music lovers in Japan on an invite-only basis before opening to all users. The service launched on mobile, tablet, desktop and PlayStation consoles. Read More

 

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition with bonus interactive content hits iBooks

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

The first book in George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” fantasy series was published twenty years ago today. Celebrating the anniversary, publisher HarperCollins and Apple released interactive “Game of Thrones” digital books on the iBooks Store today.

Representing “an amazing next step in the world of books,” The Guardian reports that the enhanced electronic books bring “a world of additional content” such as sigils, family trees and glossaries. Read More

 

iFixit publishes detailed iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus repair guides

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Want to learn how to perform DIY repairs of the iPhone 7/Plus? Look no further than iFixit, the world’s top authority when it comes to repairing consumer electronics devices like smartphones, tablets, game consoles, computers and so forth. Today, the site published a series of repair guides with detailed instructions on replacing the iPhone 7/Plus display, battery and the Taptic Engine. Read More

 

1 million Note 7 recalled so far, but Samsung has another exploding problem on its hands

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Following an unprecedented global recall of at least 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones due to faulty batteries causing some of the units to catch fire, Samsung today told Reuters that more than one million people worldwide are now using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire. However, the firm has another problem on its hands: exploding washing machines. It’s certainly been a rough month for Samsung.

Yesterday, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission warned owners of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of “safety issues” following reports that some have exploded. Read More

 

Apple to open R&D center in China’s “Silicon Valley” that’ll employ 500 people

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Tim Cook said during his August charm offensive in China that his company could deepen its cooperation with the local government by launching its first Asia-Pacific research and development center. According to local media reports today, the facility will open in Zhongguancun Science Park, situated in the Haidian District in northwestern Beijing. Read More

 

How to unsubscribe from mailing lists from the Mail app

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

When you subscribe to mailing lists, either on purpose or by accident, they sometimes can be relentless, sending emails all the time and making your iPhone buzz like crazy.

Starting with iOS 10, you can now easily unsubscribe from most mailing lists from the Mail app, and we’ll show you just how easy it is. Read More

 

Twelve South’s HiRise 2 Deluxe dock looks great with the new iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

Twelve South is at it again, making great accessories for Apple products. The company’s release of the HiRise 2 and HiRise 2 Deluxe charging docks earlier this month brought forth a redesign with new color options and improved stability for larger devices.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the HiRise 2 Deluxe in black, a color made to match Apple’s new black iPhone 7 & 7 Plus finish. Read More

 

Vinculum brings a Nexus-inspired app drawer to jailbroken devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

Vinculum is a new jailbreak tweak that brings to jailbroken iOS devices an app drawer inspired by Android 7.0 Nougat on the Google Nexus phones.

Not only can you use this app drawer to get to any of your apps in a pinch, but you can even customize the way it looks to get the appearance you’re going for. Read More

 

QuickDial Lite adds speed dial features to your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

QuickDial Lite is a new free jailbreak tweak intended for iPhones that allows you to quickly dial up to 9 of your favorite phone numbers in fewer keystrokes.

With this tweak, you can assign certain phone numbers to individual number keys on the keypad in the Phone app. Afterwards, you will be able to tap and hold on any of those assigned keys to automatically initiate a phone call to the number assigned to the key you held down. Read More

 

App Store Search Ads go live October 5, Apple offering developers $100 credit

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Apple on Wednesday began emailing developers regarding the launch of App Store Search Ads. The ads will go live in the App Store on October 5, and for a limited time qualified developers can get a $100 credit toward their first campaign.

The Search Ads have been in beta testing since the feature was announced in June. Apple describes it as an “efficient and easy way to promote apps at the top of relevant search results,” and promises this won’t negatively affect app searches. Read More

 

Spotify said to be in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, reports the Financial Times. The streaming music service believes the buyout could help it better compete with competitors like Apple Music thanks to its large library of exclusive and user-created content. Read More

 

How to get the bokeh effect in your photos, no iPhone 7 Plus needed

By Sébastien Page on Sep 28, 2016

One of the main differentiating features of the iPhone 7 Plus over its smaller sibling is its dual lens camera system. Right off the box, it allows users of the larger device to enjoy a 2x optical zoom, unlocking yet more possibilities when it comes to iPhone photography.

Perhaps an even more exciting feature is the upcoming Portrait mode that allows you to produce a shallow depth of field in order to generate a fake yet beautiful bokeh effect in your photos.

Portrait mode is still in beta stages, but the good news is, if you want to replicate that bokeh effect in your photos, you can start doing so today, no iPhone 7 Plus required. I’ll show you how. Read More

 

How to use emoji like a pro in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Your expressive Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch packs in some interesting and useful features related to emojis. For added impact, emojis can be made three times their normal size.

But that’s not all.

Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard now recommends emojis as you type and Messages has a cool emojification feature where you tap words to turn them into appropriate emoji characters.

We’re going to take you through all emoji-related features in Messages for iOS and teach you how to use them. Are you ready to boost your emoji game? Read More

 

Apple aiming for October launch of new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2016

Apple is moving rapidly toward the launch of new MacBook Pro models, reports MacRumors. The site says it has learned that macOS 10.12.1 is largely focused on preparing the operating system to support the new laptop’s features, and it hopes to finalize the update by the end of next week so it can be loaded on the new hardware currently being produced by Apple’s supply chain. Read More