One more hint that the next MacBook Pro will have OLED touch bar

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

If you need another “proof” that the next MacBook Pro will indeed feature an OLED touch bar in place of the function key row, feel free to comb through system resources in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 software update which released yesterday.

As first discovered by MacRumors reader Gabriel Lorin, the System Preferences assets for the Mac’s virtual keyboard now come with refreshed image assets depicting an updated keyboard layout which no longer shows the standard row of function keys. Read More


Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac hits Steam, Mac App Store version due soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Developer Aspyr Media announced yesterday that Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac is now available on Steam, just three days after its PC release. The game will be hitting the Mac App Store at a later stage, Aspyr has confirmed. Civilization VI was created by the same team that made Civilization expansions.

The turn-based strategy game challenges you to dominate capitals and woo the world as the new diplomatic leader with improvements like a new research system, enhanced artificial intelligence and more. Read More


Google Maps for iOS gains food delivery support, plus codes & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday received an interesting update in the App Store. The new version brings out a few enhancements such as integration with popular food delivery services, support for plus codes—identifiers for locations that don’t have their own street address—and other perks. These new features require Google Maps 4.24 for iOS or later, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store. Read More


Suge Knight sues Dr. Dre for alleged attempted murder over Beats money

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Marion Hugh Knight Jr., better known as rap mogul Suge Knight or just Suge, is suing Apple employee Dr. Dre for $300 million, alleging Dre hired a hitman in an attempt to murder him after cutting Suge out of earnings for Beats. According to TMZ, Suge and his attorney are convinced that it was Dre who had him pumped with seven bullets in 2014 in a West Hollywood night club. Read More


Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones with W1 chip & 12-hour battery available to preorder

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones, a successor to the Powerbeats2 Wireless edition, are now available to buy from in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, China and elsewhere. The accessory is available in White, Shock Yellow, Flash Blue, Black and Siren Red.

Listings for the $199.95 Bluetooth earphones on local websites display delivery estimates ranging from 2-3 days to 1-2 weeks. Read More


Apple’s created mockups of iMessage for Android, including one with pure Material Design

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

I was just reading a post titled “On iMessage’s Stickiness” from Apple pundit John Gruber, published last evening on his Daring Fireball blog, and stumbled upon an interesting passage alleging that Apple’s created several mockups of iMessage for Android.

One of the mockups of iMessage for Android reportedly looks like a carbon copy of its iOS counterpart, with another one based on Google’s Material Design guidelines.

“I’ve heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design,” reads the post. Read More


Commuters struggling to register their train passes following Japan’s Apple Pay launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Following its official launch in Japan, Apple Pay has experienced a rocky debut in the 127 million people market as commuters struggled to register their train passes onto iPhones for more than ten hours amid apparent system overload.

Many people in Japan use their rail passes that double as electronic money cards.

According to Bloomberg, the trouble started shortly after 9am in Tokyo as users began reporting issues adding their cards to Apple Pay. Read More


How to disable offensive content filtering for your Twitter news feed

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 25, 2016

By default, Twitter takes viewer discretion into consideration and imposes censorship on content that some users may find hurtful or offensive, but not everyone feels they need to be censored. Some people would prefer to view their Twitter feed in full without it.

For anyone who doesn’t like the censored Twitter feed experience, there is a way to disable the feature so you’ll always see everything that pops up in your Twitter feed. We’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 158: Thursday’s Mac event predictions

By Sébastien Page on Oct 25, 2016

One month in, Sebastien reports about the state of micro-abrasions on his iPhone 7. The guys then talk about the recent release of iOS 10.1, and a new one-handed keyboard discovered in iOS code. Of course, at the eve of Apple’s October event, Cody and Sebastien discuss the potential for future Macs and what the company might unveil on Thursday.

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PlayDismiss hides the controls in the iOS video player the moment you tap Play

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 25, 2016

Do you watch a lot of videos on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad? If so, then you should check out a new free jailbreak tweak called PlayDismiss. The tweak aims to improve the experience of playing videos on the platform by reducing clutter as quickly as possible when you play a video. Read More


Pokémon GO update adds new egg designs, Pokémon type indicators, and other minor improvements

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 25, 2016

Pokémon GO for both Android and iOS has been updated this week with a number of aesthetic changes and fixes that will make egg hatching and Pokémon type deciphering easier, among other things.

The update brings the game up to version 1.13.3 for iOS. Read More


How to snap Picture-in-Picture videos anywhere on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

The release of iOS 9 in September 2015 has brought out support for Picture-in-Picture video on newer iPad models. September 2016’s launch of macOS Sierra has enabled Picture-in-Picture video support on the Mac. Picture-in-Picture lets you watch web videos or iTunes movies in an overlay that always floats over the desktop and your apps.

The Picture-in-Picture overlay can be pinned to any corner of the screen by way of dragging. Unfortunately, Apple has not made it obvious that you can actually position the video overlay anywhere you want on your Mac’s screen.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to disengage any web video from its webpage and position it anywhere on the screen in macOS Sierra. Read More


Apple Pay launches in Japan

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

Apple Pay today launched in Japan, one of Apple’s most important markets and home to population of 127 million souls. Marking its twelfth major market, Apple Pay permits Japanese customers to make private credit and prepaid card purchases in stores, online and in apps, plus commute and pay for everyday items with Suica from JR East.

To support the service, Apple today issued the free iOS 10.1 software update which has enabled support for transit directions in Japan to help users find ride details, including fare breakdowns that automatically show Suica pricing on their device. Read More


Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1, watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 with bug fixes and improvements

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2016

In addition to iOS 10.1, Apple on Monday released updates for its other 3 growing software platforms. After a month of beta testing, macOS Sierra 10.12.1, watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 are now available to the public and can be installed via their respective over-the-air Update mechanisms. Read More


Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2016

Apple on Monday pushed out the iOS 10.1 software update for iPhone and iPad. The release comes after more than a month of beta testing, and it includes various improvements and one major new user-facing feature: Portrait mode, which is exclusive to the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

First introduced at Apple’s iPhone event in September, Portrait mode is a new setting in the stock Camera app that uses the 7 Plus’ wide angle lens to gather perspective data for a photo. This allows the handset to take photos with a depth-of-field, or ‘bokeh,’ effect with blurry backgrounds. Read More


Trademarks for three new MacBooks discovered in Russia ahead of Apple’s “Hello again” event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

French-language publication has discovered a trio of previously unknown trademarks for unreleased MacBook models as Apple preps to share what’s new for its aging Mac lineup at the “Hello again” media event scheduled for this Thursday, October 27. Apple filed three trademarks for “portable personal computers” in Russia, possibly in order to keep them secret for as long as possible.

It’s worth noting that Russian law requires foreign companies to register any products that use encryption or provide other cryptographic tools.

The documents found in the Eurasian Economic Commission database mention model numbers that cannot be linked to existing hardware: A1706, A1707 and A1708. Read More


iPhone manufacturer Foxconn planning to expand its operations in India next year

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

A May report from The Economic Times alleged that Apple had approached Foxconn about assembling iPhones in India in the next two to three years. The Economic Times of India confirmed Monday that Foxconn will be expanding its operations in India next year, backing its $600 million investments already made in the country. Read More


Instagram is testing live video broadcasts in its Stories feature

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

According to Russian news outlet a few days ago, the popular photo-sharing service Instagram is testing live video functionality in its recently-launched Stories feature which permits users to create slideshows from their photos that automatically disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook added live video to its mobile app in August 2015. Facebook Messenger gained the ability to share live video with contacts while chatting in September 2016. Read More


Pokémon GO celebrates Halloween with first in-game event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

Halloween is approaching and Pokémon GO has a treat for you in the form of a special Halloween-themed event, the first in-game event since the game’s release in July 2016.

Developer Niantic Labs has said that players will have a chance to earn double the amount of Candy every time they catch, hatch and transfer Pokémon from October 26 to November 1. Other perks will be available to trainers as well. Read More


Apple Watch Nike+ arrives Friday, October 28

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

Confirming earlier hints, Apple this morning announced that the Apple Watch Nike+, a special version of the Apple Watch Series 2 it’s created in partnership with Nike, is going on sale this coming Friday, October 28. The $369 device has the same industrial design, price and hardware features as the Apple Watch Series 2.

It also packs in exclusive perks like special fluoroelastomer Nike Sport Bands available in a choice of four colors with perforations to reduce weight and improve ventilation, Nike-branded watch faces and complications and more. Read More