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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Capture super-smooth video on your iPhone with the iStabilizer Dolly

By iDB Deals on Jul 28, 2015

Embrace your inner Spielberg and transform your mobile into a pro quality video camera with the iStabilizer Dolly. With this awesome add-on you’ll be able to take smooth, professional style tracking shots on any surface, creating video that’s perfect for the big screen. It’s a big budget accessory at the low budget price of $38.99, saving 34%.

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Lead Them review: help the microcosm grow by pointing the way

By Lory Gil on Jul 28, 2015

As far as simple mobile games go, there are an uncountable number of them, so many that it is difficult to search through them to find the interesting ones.

That’s where I come in. One game that was recently introduced to me is called Lead Them. While at first glance, it may seem like a vertical scroll game with a pretty skin, it turns out that it has a few tricks that make it stand out. We’ve got a full game review of Lead Them for your reading enjoyment today. Read More

 

Power for Apple Watch updated with notification alerts, UI updates, and various fixes

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 27, 2015

It’s always nice when someone from the jailbreak community ventures over to the App Store and goes “legit”. Quite a few jailbreak community members have done so in the past, and Surenix, frequent jailbreak design collaborator and theme creator, is one of latest to do so.

The first edition of his App Store release, Power, bought glanceable iPhone power levels to your Apple watch. The newest update, version 1.1, adds notifications to the mix.

With Power 1.1 ($0.99), you can now be notified when your iPhone reaches specific battery levels. You’ll can even receive an Apple Watch notification when your Phone battery is fully charged.

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Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2015

Apple on Monday released the fifth OS X El Capitan beta to developers. The new build is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center.

Today’s update comes less than a week after Apple pushed out the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan, and nearly two months after its initial release in early June during Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. Read More

 

Periscope for iPhone refreshed with muting, Handoff support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

In addition to refreshing its main application for the iPhone and iPad with drafts support and interactive notifications on iOS 8, the micro-blogging startup Twitter today issued a noteworthy refresh to its live-broadcasting app, Periscope.

Available at no cost in the App Store, the new Periscope 1.1.3 implements support for Handoff, a new technology in iOS 8 which lets you seamlessly move tasks across devices.

In addition, the app has gained other perks like a new notification setting for people you follow, viewer statistics when browsing past broadcasts and more. Plus, it now tailors your global list of recommended broadcasts to your geographical location. Read More

 

Chrome for iOS gains a cool tab-switching gesture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Just days after updating Chrome for iOS with the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward, the search giant issued another app refresh this morning.

Bumped to version 44.0.2403.67, Chrome’s added a handy shortcut to switch between open tabs without having to reach for an icon in the upper right corner with your thumb.

Google’s mobile browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available at no cost in the App Store. Read More

 

Interacting with ads on Pandora could earn you one hour of uninterrupted listening

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

If you interact with a rich ad on Pandora for at least fifteen seconds, the Internet radio service will reward you with an hour of uninterrupted listening free of advertising, the company announced in a blog post Monday.

They’re calling it Sponsored Listening and it’s available now to all advertisers, meaning this feature will be available on a per-ad basis. Read More

 

You soon won’t need a Google+ account to enjoy the best of Google

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

You can kiss your little-used Google+ account goodbye once and for all as the Internet giant today confirmed the disentangling of its failed social network from YouTube, Gmail and other services.

And in the future, there’ll even be an option to remove your public Google+ profile from your underlying Google Account, a tell-tale sign that the management has admitted defeat in the battle for supremacy in the social arena.

Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President of Sharing, said “it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use.” Read More

 

eBay folding Valet, Fashion and Motors apps into its main client for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

eBay’s bidding application for the iPhone and iPad is about to get a whole lot better as the e-commerce service announced plans to streamline its App Store offering.

As part of the restructuring effort, eBay will shutter its Valet, Fashion and Motors apps and fold some of their functionality into the main iPhone and iPad client, available free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 

Apple’s retail push in India bringing 500 ‘Authorized Mobility Resellers’ locations to 12 cities

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

India lacks official Apple Store presence as Apple doesn’t operate its own brick-and-mortar stores in the 1.25 billion people market. Instead, it’s relied on carriers and hand-picked resellers to market and push its products in the country.

The Times of India said last December Apple was planning a huge retail push in the country and now comes word that the firm is working with local partners to launch as many as five-hundred ‘Authorized Mobility Reseller’ locations in twelve different cities in India. Read More

 

Here’s a list of all HomeKit compatible appliances for the connected home

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Apple’s HomeKit platform was announced more than a year ago but HomeKit-certified products continue to be in scant supply. In fact, there are currently just five HomeKit-compatible accessories available on the market: the Ecobee3, Elgato Eve, iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, Insteon Hub and Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit.

More were announced but HomeKit won’t take off until fall at the earliest for it hit unforseen issues.

First HomeKit code base “blew up” and now prototype devices seem to be performing poorly as the current crop of Bluetooth chips struggle to handle strong encryption imposed by Apple.

With that in mind, here’s a list of HomeKit-compatible appliances thus far. Read More