Samsung faces grim Q3: Mobile business drops by 60%

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

The situation for Samsung is a tad grim, as the South Korea-based company reported a 74 percent year-over-year decline in net profit during Q3. This marks Samsung’s fourth consecutive quarterly decline, and marks its lowest profit margin since the second quarter of 2011. Read More

 

Microsoft outs upcoming ‘Band’ wearable in new Health app

By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2014

Microsoft has outed its upcoming ‘Band’ wearable in what appears to be the premature release of multiple applications. This evening, ‘Microsoft Health’ landed in iPhone, Android and Windows stores, and a Microsoft Band Sync client popped up in the Mac App Store.

It’s unknown at this time if the releases were unintentional, or part of a cheeky PR stunt, but it’s likely the former, given the scope of the apps. Microsoft has long been rumored to be working on a cross-platform wearable, and recent reports say it’s preparing for launch. Read More

 

Miika review: a perspective puzzle game with a platformer look

By Lory Gil on Oct 29, 2014

The perspective path puzzle game has certainly been a hit on iOS. For example, earlier this year, Monument Valley turned heads for its visually striking graphics and complex puzzles.

Miika could be called a simpler, cutesier perspective puzzle game in the same vein as Monument Valley. Players must rotate the screen around in order to reveal the right path to take in order to get to the end of the line. We’ve got a full game review of Miika for you today. Read More

 

Google Wallet for iOS adds low balance notifications and recurring bank transfers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

Google on Wednesday announced an update to its mobile Wallet application for the iPhone which now includes handy low balance alerts and another feature allowing users to set up recurring bank transfer in order to ensure there’s always money to spend in their Wallet.

The refreshed application did not receive support for the bigger iPhone screens and will be going live in the App Store later today.

Google Wallet is available free of charge. Read More

 

Apple doesn’t want calculator widgets on iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

Apple today asked PCalc developer to remove its Notification Center widget after it was previously approved in the App Store. The reason? Notification Center’s Today widgets are apparently prohibited from performing any calculations, according to the company’s email to developer James Thomson.

Thomson took to Twitter where he shared the news with the world. “Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed,” reads the tweet.

It’s somewhat surprising Apple would take an issue with PCalc’s Today widget after approving the app more than a month ago. Besides, PCalc’s iOS 8 update, along with the widget, has been widely covered in media and Apple itself has featured it in two sections on the App Store, “Extend Your Apps” and “Great Apps and Games for iOS 8”.

So what’s going on here? Read More

 

Sprint brings Spark to 17 more cities, now available in 46 total

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Sprint is expanding its Spark network, what it calls an enhanced version of LTE, to 17 new cities on Wednesday, including Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, and Seattle. The expansion is part of Sprint’s plan to expand Spark coverage to 100 million people by year-end, and as of today, brings the network technology to 46 markets across the country. Read More

 

Omnistat shows CPU, battery, memory usage and more stats straight from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Oct 29, 2014

Omnistat is a new app available in the App Store that provides a quick glance at some basic stats of your iOS device from within the app itself, or from Notification Center via a Today tab widget. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Omnistat used to be a jailbreak tweak back in the days of iOS 5. The tweak has now matured into a legit application that is simply yet elegantly designed to show various statistics about your device such as CPU usage, running processes and more. Read More

 

Pandora, Spotify beating Apple’s Beats handsomely on App Store

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Pandora and Spotify rank as the number one and number two music streaming apps in terms of downloads, analytics firm AppAnnie reports – no big surprise. However, where things become interesting is that Apple’s Beats Music, which the company purchased for $3 billion in May, is placed ninth, below iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and Apple’s GarageBand. Read More

 

Apple may bring iPhone to Iran, beginning talks with distributors

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Apple is in preliminary talks to offer its iPhone in Iran, perhaps one day marking the company’s first entry in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Cupertino-based company is said to be in contact with Iranian distributors in case “Western sanctions ease sufficiently” and it makes sense to enter the country for business.  Read More

 

How to show or hide filename extensions in OS X Yosemite

By Sébastien Page on Oct 29, 2014

I’m still tweaking my new iMac so it behaves the way I want it to. While all my main apps have been installed and set up as needed, there is still all these little things that need to be finetuned. One of those things is file extensions.

By default, OS X hides the extensions of filenames. I imagine this is made to simplify the view for casual users, and I’m totally fine with that. However, I like to see the extensions of files on my desktop or in Finder, which allows me to use files differently depending on their extensions.

In this post, I will show you how to hide or show the extensions of filenames on a Mac in OS X Yosemite. Read More

 

You can now preview stickers in Facebook’s latest Messenger update

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

The social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday pushed a small update to its Messenger client for the iPhone and iPad which lets you preview sticker animations.

Facebook Messenger 12.0 (what’s up with version numbers, Facebook?) allows you to press and hold down on a sticker to expand it and view any animations before sending it.

The app is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now available to purchase from T-Mobile

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

Keeping true to its promise, T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier, on Wednesday announced that customers can now buy Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in participating T-Mobile stores and online. The new tablets are available in Wi-Fi-only and cellular flavors and in all three colors.

The top-of-the-line iPad Air 2 model with 128 gigabytes of storage is not yet available, leaving early adopters to choose between 16GB and 64GB iPad Air 2 models. The iPad mini 3 is available in 16/64/128GB storage flavors. Read More

 

Apple Pay rival MCX already hacked, but insists it’s OK to keep your sensitive data in the cloud

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

The whole CVS/Rite Aid/Apple Pay controversy is about to get uglier as MCX, the consortium of retailers who back the competing CurrentC mobile payment system, on Wednesday responded to accusations that it was purposefully blocking Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other NFC-based payment solutions and requiring participating retailers to use CurrentC exclusively.

Apple Pay has been praised for being secure and protecting your privacy by not sharing customer or transaction data with merchants. According to MCX, it does not store sensitive customer information in the mobile app. Instead, users’ payment data is stored “in our secure cloud-hosted network”.

Maybe I’m reading their blog post wrong, but if customer data and especially payment information is stored in the cloud, then it’s not secure and this is precisely why Apple Pay is, in my personal opinion, better. Read More

 

WhatsApp delays voice calling into early-2015

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

Five days after Facebook announced its $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February of this year, the world’s most popular messaging platform announced plans to enable voice calling in the first half of this year.

The summer came and went and here we are well into the third quarter of 2014 and now WhatsApp is saying that the planned release has been pushed back.

Citing a series of technical challenges, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said during his presentation at the Code/Mobile conference this week that the VoIP calling service will make its debut in WhatsApp mobile apps in the first quarter of 2015. Read More

 

Google offering first minute free on international Hangouts calls

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

Yesterday, the Internet giant Google announced a newsworthy promotion giving its users the first minute free when placing outgoing calls through Hangouts to phone numbers in more than two dozen countries.

“The first 60 seconds is on us,” the company said in a post over at Google+. “What you say is up to you”. You can place Hangouts using Gmail and Google+ on desktop, using the Hangouts extension for Chrome, or via Google’s mobile Hangouts app for iOS and Android. Read More

 

eBay taking 20% off iTunes Gift Cards

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2014

If you’ve been on the lookout for the latest deals on iTunes Gift Cards, head over to PayPal’s Digital Gifts eBay store as it’s currently offering 20 percent off iTunes Gift Cards in several denominations. The $25, $50 and $100 cards are now available with a twenty percent discount so you’ll end up paying $20, $40 and $80, respectively.

That’s a nice 20 percent saving right off the bat on anything you purchase on Apple’s content stores. iTunes Gift Cards can be used to buy Mac and iOS apps, electronic books, movies, TV shows, music and other digital items carried on Apple’s content stores.

You can also apply your iTunes credit toward the purchase of iCloud storage upgrades and use it to buy stuff in apps via In-App Purchases. Read More

 

PrefDelete: delete tweaks directly from the Settings app without opening Cydia

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 29, 2014

Normally, when you want to delete a jailbreak tweak installed on your device, you’ll have to remove it from Cydia. If you ever wished to remove a tweak with just the tap of a button without opening Cydia, you should probably check out a brand new jailbreak tweak known as PrefDelete.

Developed by Brave Heart, PrefDelete allows you to delete tweaks that come with a preference pane directly from the stock Settings app. This can be done by tapping and holding on a tweak’s preference button in the Settings app to remove it immediately on the spot, though a confirmation message appears before deletion ensuring that you don’t remove a tweak by mistake. Read More

 

ForceGoodFit: make older apps fit on your larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 29, 2014

Although the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus boast a larger screen and come with a Retina HD display, some of the apps on the App Store have not yet been updated to support the larger screen, therefore causing the apps to zoom in and appear blurred. If you’ve got a favorite app that hasn’t been updated for the larger iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus yet, you should probably check out a new jailbreak tweak known as ForceGoodFit.

Just as the name implies, the tweak forces old apps to stretch to the iPhone 6’s larger screen and allow you to view the app in full screen mode instead of having them zoomed in. From the two screenshots above, the left one is taken without the tweak install while the right one is with ForceGoodFit enabled. The tweak is quite similar to FullForce which was developed by Ryan Petrich to optimize apps for the larger iPhone 5. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 79: Pangu lives!

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014

Episode 79: We discuss the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8, including the current state of the jailbreak and Cydia. We also talk about the newest tweaks to be released, such as the Apple Watch UI concept, Reachability tweaks, and other releases we’d like to see for iOS 8. Also, Sebastien talks about his cool life saving experience at the beach. Don’t miss the fun.

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Taco Bell’s new iOS app makes fast food… faster

By Jake Smith on Oct 28, 2014

Many social media users were intrigued when Taco Bell’s social media accounts went dark on Tuesday, fearing the worst. Luckily, it was just Taco Bell announcing a major overhaul to its iOS app that allows customers to order and pay for food on their smartphones before even setting foot in the fast food chain. Read More