iOS 8.2 beta 2 is no longer being signed

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

Bad news for would-be jailbreakers of iOS 8.2 beta 1 or beta 2—both firmwares are no longer being signed. There seems to be conflicting reports going around about whether or not Apple has killed access to beta 1, beta 2, or both beta firmwares, but I can personally confirm that Apple has shut down access to both.

Why is this significant? It’s significant because iOS 8.2 beta 1 and beta 2 were the only firmwares available that allowed users to jailbreak using PP Jailbreak on Mac or TaiG on Windows. Read More

 

TagExplorer: edit metdadata tags for media directly on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

If you’ve ever had the desire to edit the metadata tags for the media content on your iPhone, then TagExplorer is a brand new $2.99 jailbreak app that you’ll want to, ahem…explore. It brings metadata editing capability to the iPhone, and allows users to edit the tags for music, podcasts, videos, and more. It even lets users locally edit tags for music downloaded from iTunes match. Read More

 

How to quickly toggle dark mode using a keyboard shortcut on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

Dark mode is one of the more popular features of OS X Yosemite, because it allows you to add a dark tint to both the dock and the menu bar on Mac. The standard way to enable dark mode involves venturing to System Preferences, opening the General section, and clicking on the enable dark mode option. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could toggle dark mode using a simple keyboard shortcut?

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Apple highlighting indie game sales in featured App Store section

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2015

Apple is currently highlighting several indie game sales in a new featured App Store section called ‘Amazing Indie Games.’ Users can find the section by visiting the ‘Featured’ section of the App Store and tapping on the banner image you see above.

All of the games listed in the section are made by independent developers (an individual or small team), and are being discounted by at least 50% for a limited time. Titles include Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure, Battleheart Legacy, Rules! and more. Read More

 

Google wants to one-up Apple’s iSpaceship with spectacular all-glass greenhouse-style Googleplex

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Google on Friday submitted a proposal for a new campus to Mountain View’s outgoing City Council and boy does the new building look spectacular. Renderings of the project, shared with the public, reveal the scope of Google’s ambitiously conceived new project.

Seeking to redevelop part of its existing campus in North Bayshore, the new all-glass building could be more adaptable to a changing company, bring new life to the environment, save energy and create a sense of community with bike paths and space for local businesses. Read More

 

BGR: iOS 8.2 launching next Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Apple is shooting to release iOS 8.2 for public consumption next Monday, March 2, 2015, “or the following week at the absolute latest,” according to BGR editor Jonathan Geller who spoke to sources in the know.

March 2 is a Monday, an unusual day for an iOS software update, but so is March 9 when Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event is due, at which it’s expected to talk Apple Watch specifics.

Moreover, as many as four betas of iOS 8.3 could be issued before that software update is ready for public release, the BGR founder and editor has learned. He mentioned earlier in the month that iOS 8.2 would be arriving some time in March, but didn’t provide a timeframe. Read More

 

Upcoming Pinner for Apple Watch to bring comprehensive bookmark discovery to your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Following Apple’s announcement of the March 9 media event, UK-based developer Sam Oakley, the brains behind the Pinner for Pinboard iOS app, has shared a preview of his upcoming Apple Watch app.

Pinner for the iPhone and iPad is a delightful app for managing your Pinboard in bookmarks. Unlike many other Watch apps that only offer basic functionality of their iOS counterparts, Pinner for Apple Watch has a full-on set of easy to use features to help explore Pinterest bookmarks in compelling new ways. Read More

 

Google Maps update adds Local Guides, detailed POI/venue info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

The Internet giant Google on Friday issued a refresh to its native mapping application for the iPhone and iPad, adding Local Guides and a couple other nice-to-haves.

A global community of the top reviewers on Google, Local Guides now appear in Google Maps 4.3 for iOS.

You can also add transit directions to your calendar.

Search has been improved, too, with the ability to search for event information for select venues, nearby businesses based on their address and even retrieve fun facts about popular points of interest. Read More

 

Samsung is even copying Apple EarPods for the Galaxy S6

By Jake Smith on Feb 27, 2015

The earbuds that will ship alongside the Galaxy S6 after it’s announced on March 1 have been leaked to the world, and once again, it looks like Samsung isn’t shy when it comes to copying Apple’s designs.

While Apple didn’t necessarily invent the earbud, it has made them popular by shipping them with each iOS device it sells. If the earbud leak from Tinhte.vn is true, it isn’t only the smartphone that Samsung is copying. Read More

 

Tim Cook: Apple Watch will replace car keys, battery will last whole day and other tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

While making an unannounced visit to Apple’s flagship retail store in London’s Covent Garden, CEO Tim Cook dropped a few more hints about the upcoming wrist-worn device, expected to mark Apple’s foray into wearables come this April.

As The Telegraph reported, Apple’s chief executive said the Watch will replace your car keys, reward exercise, filter messages and more. Read More

 

ABC News expands to Apple TV owners in Germany, France, UK, Sweden and Hungary

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

ABC News, which last year debuted its inaugural Apple TV channel in the U.S., is now available to owners of Apple’s $99 set-top box in Germany, no subscription required. As first noted by German blog iFun.de, it includes live and recorded shows and local news broadcasts from major U.S. cities.

This includes content from WABC (New York), KABC (Los Angeles), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), WTVD (Raleigh), KFSN (Fresno) and WISN (Milwaukee).

Tipsters have confirmed that ABC News is now also available to Apple TV owners in France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden and other European countries. Read More

 

Poll: thinness vs. better iPhone battery

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Handset vendors stubbornly insist on making their gadgets thinner at a time when consumers have largely been craving for better battery life.

Apple, like no other company, is a poster child for the industry’s obsession with thinness. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, its slim profile gets prominently featured and communicated in ads.

This point was especially brought home for me in a recent Wall Street Journal article which argues that “survey after survey reveals there is one thing consumers wish manufacturers would change about their gadgets” and it’s better battery life.

Our poll today deals with this issue as we seek to learn whether you, our loyal readers, would rather have a millimeter or two thicker device with a stronger battery or as thins a phone as possible with a good enough battery. Read More

 

Ericsson intensifies legal pressure on Apple over patents, seeks iPhone sales ban

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Following a $533 million loss in a lawsuit a small Texas-based company leveled against it over patent violation, Apple is now facing new legal challenges.

Friday, the Swedish telecommunications giant has unloaded legal barrage against the iPhone maker.

The move follows Apple’s refusal to re-sign a global licensing contract with Ericsson in mid-January. Bloomberg noted that Apple had been paying royalties for Ericsson’s patents related to mobile technologies, but the global license agreement expired last month and hasn’t been renewed since. Read More

 

Apple sued again by Smartflash following $533 million verdict

By Jake Smith on Feb 26, 2015

Following a $533 million verdict earlier this week, Apple has been sued by Smartflash, again, for claims it violates patents with devices that use iTunes software. The new lawsuit, filed by the Texas-based company on Wednesday, covers Apple’s new devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. Read More

 

Apple hiring senior hardware engineer for virtual reality space

By Jake Smith on Feb 26, 2015

Apple is looking to hire a Senior Display Systems Engineer for “display systems design and development related to VR environments,” a posting on Apple’s job page revealed on Thursday. The new job posting follows several patents for virtual reality that have popped up this year. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 26

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include discounts for Duet Display and other apps, and several new games. Read More

 

iA Writer, the popular iOS/Mac app for focused writing, launches on Android

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

iA Writer, one of the best and most popular iPhone, iPad and Mac applications for distraction-free writing on the go, has been ported to Android and is now available for download in the Play store.

German developer Information Architects GmbH broke the news in a blog post earlier today. Like the iOS edition, iA Writer for Android is a paid download costing five bucks.

On Android, the app sports the familiar, polished interface with Focus Mode that highlights the current sentence being written. It also syncs with Dropbox and does Markdown — again, just like its iOS counterpart does. Read More

 

iWork for iCloud now available to everyone

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2015

Apple today removed the beta tag from its iWork for iCloud productivity suite, which it opened up to non-Apple device owners earlier this month. Now, anyone with a modern browser and an Apple ID can utilize the web-based office apps which include Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

As seen in the above screenshot, users who don’t have an Apple ID can create one by following the “Create one now” link, regardless of whether or not they own a Mac or iOS device. All that’s required is that they give their name, email address, date of birth and pick security questions. Read More

 

Tweetbot developer lays out iOS and Mac app roadmap, makes Weightbot free

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Today, developer Tapbots has shared some updates concerning state of development of its popular iOS and Mac Twitter client, Tweetbot, and the whole software lineup for that matter.

For starters, a completely redesigned Tweetbot 2.0 for Mac with Yosemite-friendly look and feel has been in the works for quite some time now. Tweetbot 4.0 for iOS is being readied as well.

“We are going to do a better job keeping our current apps up to date with each new OS release,” they promised. In addition, the company announced closing other projects in order to focus resources on upcoming (and long overdue) updates to Tweetbot for Mac and iPad. Read More

 

How to make third-party menu bar icons look better with dark mode on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 26, 2015

OS X Yosemite introduced a new dark mode option to change the tint color of both the menu bar and the dock in OS X. While I’m a big fan of dark mode, some of the third-party apps that I use have not been updated to play nice with dark mode. This results in menu bar icons that look weird with dark mode enabled, because they don’t invert after toggling dark mode on.

If you’re someone who always uses dark mode and never switches to regular mode, there is a way to force these menu bar icons to look better with dark mode enabled… Read More