The case for user accounts on iOS: my two-year-old

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 25, 2015

Google just this week released iOS and Android versions of its YouTube apps that are specifically tailored for kids. On the face of it, and especially to those not in possession of a little bundle of joy or two, the move may seem a bit superfluous. If you do happen to have a two-year-old that’s obsessed with watching Thomas the Tank Engine videos though, it’ll make absolutely perfect sense.

In fact, mine loves using the iPad in general, not just for catching up on what latest shenanigans Thomas and his band of merry locomotives have managed to get themselves into. He has games that revolve around Thomas, or Peppa Pig for that matter. He likes to use the app that lets him tap parts of an image and paint it. Sort of like those felt-lined things we used to color in with markers when we were kids. Or at least we did in the UK.

Regardless of whether you had the pleasure of not having to worry about staying between the lines or not, there’s little argument that kids enjoy an iPad, and mine certainly enjoys the iPad 2. I didn’t buy it specifically for him by the way, I’m not that bad. It was handed down for his enjoyment and no doubt subsequent destruction at the hands of a cup of juice. He almost enjoys it too much, but that’s a discussion for another time.

What I want to discuss right now is the lack of user accounts on iOS devices. Read More

 

Okay? is a minimalist puzzle game that tests your indie ideologies

By Lory Gil on Feb 25, 2015

I’ve often heard gamers say they would rather pay for a title up front instead of downloading it for free and then being asked to pay to continue playing. The idea being that good indie games deserve support, but it shouldn’t be forced on them.

Okay? is a minimalist puzzle game that puts your indie support ideologies to the test. What if you had the option to pay money or play for free, with no change in the content? Would you still show your financial support? Read More

 

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent infringement trial

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2015

A federal jury in Tyler, Texas ruled on Tuesday that Apple must pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC. Bloomberg reports that the jury found iTunes to infringe on its patents related to “managing access through payment systems.”

The original complaint was filed in 2013, with Smartflash asking for $852 million. The company argued it was entitled to a percentage of sales of Apple’s devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, that were used to access iTunes. Read More

 

Sling TV’s latest update lets jailbreakers in on the fun

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

I can’t say for sure whether or not it was intentional, but ever since Dish’s Sling TV launched, I haven’t been able to view video on my iPhone 6 Plus. That’s because my iPhone 6 Plus was and still is jailbroken, and it appears that the app won’t play video on jailbroken devices. Other jailbroken users have reported the same problem in the comments of our Sling TV review, and I’ve seen other complaints elsewhere online. In other words, this definitely wasn’t just a problem with my device.

Yesterday, Sling TV pushed an update that appears to have fixed the issue. Nothing has changed on my iPhone 6 Plus, but I can now watch Sling TV video from my jailbroken device. Coincidence? Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

A few days ago, we posted our Mac jailbreak tutorial for iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. That tutorial used the PP Jailbreak tool for the Mac. For Windows users, things are slightly different. Windows users get to use the TaiG tool. At the end of the day, both tools are geared towards the same goal—allowing you to easily jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. Read More

 

Chase says it’s activated over 1 million Apple Pay accounts

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2015

Chase Bank has provisioned over one million wallets with Apple Pay since the service launched in October 2014. As noted by AppleInsider, the company made the announcement during an investors conference call on Tuesday.

“We continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet,” said Chase’s Eileen Serra. “And as more merchants adopt, I would expect to see more traction here, as well.” Read More

 

How to fix the “Can’t find Apple driver” issue with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

If you’ve been trying to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 or 2 with TaiG 1.3.0 over the last couple of days, you may have encountered an issue. An error that says: “Can’t find Apple driver, please download and install iTunes” has been causing all sorts of problems for would be jailbreakers.

iTunes may indeed already be installed, but it’s the latest version of iTunes for 64-bit Windows machines that’s causing the error to begin with. Perhaps you’ve tried to downgrade your copy of iTunes unsuccessfully. Or maybe you’ve just given up on trying to jailbreak your iPhone on a Windows machine. Well, don’t give up just yet, because we have a solution inside. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 070: You can’t play this game without sound

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

In episode 70 of Let’s Talk iOS, more Apple Car rumors, Alto’s Adventure, Touch ID and the Mac, Finder tips for Mac, six months with a 4K monitor, and much more.

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App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 24

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the 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 some solid app deals, a handful of great new puzzle games, and more. Read More

 

Last chance to get pre-order price on the HD Code Black Drone

By iDB Deals on Feb 24, 2015

Drones have been the talk of the tech town for quite some time now. Consumer drones range from huge, 8-blade octocopters that autonomously follow you based on your GPS location to tiny toys a couple inches wide. With today’s deal, you can get the awesome Code Black Drone (named for its stealthy matte black look) at an entry-level price. Read More

 

Workflow is an amazing app, and this WordPress image uploading workflow shows why

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

Although I’ve long admired the iPad-centric work ethic of individuals like MacStories’ Federico Viticci, I could never fully commit to working from my iPad due to the perceived amount of steps needed to get things done. Yes, it’s possible, but I’ve always thought it was easier to work from my MacBook Pro.

With that said, I certainly admire anyone who can successfully pull it off, as Viticci has obviously done. There’s even a slight bit of jealousy there because he’s figured out well in advance how not to be ball-and-chained to a traditional desktop.

With iOS 8, a lot of that has changed. iOS is now more open than ever and users can do some powerful things with said openness. Case and point: Workflow—the automation app that opens up the door to automation newbs like myself. Yes, much automation could be done prior to Workflow—apps like Pythonista and Editorial proved as much—but Workflow is venturing into brand new territory. Not only is it arguably the most powerful automation tool available for iOS, it makes implementing automation accessible to mere mortals.

In this post, I’d like to show off one of the workflows that I’m extremely proud of. To be honest, this post is sort of a stealth-brag, but that’s okay. When you see this workflow in action, you’ll understand why. Read More

 

At last, Facebook Messenger gets native iOS 8 Share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Today, social networking behemoth Facebook issued a small yet important update to its mobile messaging software for the iPhone and iPad. Facebook Messenger version 22 is now available in the App Store and with it comes a much appreciated and long overdue iOS 8 extension.

With it, you can at last send pieces of content to Messenger without leaving other apps. Using iOS 8’s standard Share sheet, it’s simple to share photos, videos and links directly with Messenger contacts, without leaving context of the app you’re currently using. Read More

 

Poll: how much should Apple Watch Edition cost?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Aside from the starting price of $349 for the Sport model, the Cupertino firm has yet to reveal pricing of its higher-end Watch and Edition models.

There are two schools of thought here. One says that Apple Watch Edition should sell for $10,000 a pop or more, not just due to its casing being made form 18-karat gold but because Apple will pitch it as a piece of fashionable jewelry rather than a technology product.

The opposite argument says the Edition model should sell for far less as it’s not an actual mechanical precision watch from Swiss watchmakers, so it would be crazy to price it as one.

Which camp do you belong to and how much should the Apple Watch Edition realistically cost, do you think? Cast your vote after the jump and meet us in comments. Read More

 

How to restart the menu bar on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

On rare occasions, I encounter a frozen menu bar on my Mac. Perhaps you too have encountered a scenario where the beach ball appears when hovering over the menu bar. A lot of time, this can be resolved by killing the single app that’s causing problems. In other situations, you may need to completely kill and restart the menu bar to do the job. Read More

 

Tim Cook honors what would’ve been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter today to commemorate what would have been the sixtieth birthday of Apple’s late co-founder and mercurial chief executive, Steve Jobs.

Honoring the memory of his friend and mentor, Cook tweeted out a quote from Jobs’ emotional commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Read More

 

Pebble Time unveiled: e-paper color screen, mic, weeklong battery, revamped Timeline UI and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

As expected, Pebble Technology on Tuesday took the wraps off its next-generation smartwatch. It’s called Pebble Time and the biggest news about it is its brand new e-paper color screen, a stark change from the monochromatic e-paper screen of the original Pebble.

The device is also thinner than the previous models, has an on-board microphone, runs a redesigned Timeline interface while offering a few other goodies. Read More

 

Samsung reportedly supplying advanced DRAM memory for upcoming iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

In addition to landing a contract to build Apple’s next-generation A9 mobile processor for 2015 iPhones and iPads, Samsung is said to be supplying the Cupertino firm with its advanced DRAM memory chips to be used in next-generation iPhones, as well as LG’s upcoming G4 flagship handset.

The South Korean firm files as the world’s biggest memory chip supplier. According to a report Tuesday by The Korea Times citing two people familiar with the deal, the contract is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and last at least for a year. Read More

 

SimpleCenters: customize Control Center and Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

SimpleCenters is a $1.00 jailbreak tweak that brings tons of customization options to both Notification Center and Control Center. The tweak features a bevy of switches in its preferences that allow you to toggle on or off nearly every facet of both overlays. Read More

 

Visa bringing tokenization to Europe by mid-April, paving the way for Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Tuesday, financial services corporation and credit card issuer Visa announced that it will be rolling out tokenization technology in Europe by mid-April, a move that could speed up the arrival of Apple Pay and other new contactless payment services to the 743 million people continent.

The payment tokenization technology will be “be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions.” Needless to say, Apple Pay has mainstreamed tokenization, which basically replaces sensitive credit card and payment information with a one-time digital token exchanged between your iPhone and an NFC-enabled payment terminal. Read More

 

WordPress for iOS gains WYSIWYG visual editor, in-line image management and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Blogging on the go has just become a whole lot more easier thanks to an update issued to WordPress’s mobile application in the App Store.

Bumped to version 4.8, the software at last brings out an all-new visual editor with additional text styling features and the ability to add images in-line, align them, access image formatting options and more.

What’s more, the WYSIWYG editor takes the guessing work out of the equation as it renders your post as closely as possible to what it will look like when published, so you’ll preview less and edit more. Read More