Next-generation Apple TV gaming prowess detailed in a new report

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Just as the iPhone and iPad have been chipping away mercilessly at Nintendo’s dominance in the handheld gaming market, Apple’s next-generation set-top box should give dedicated game consoles a good run for their money.

A report by 9to5Mac’s well-informed writer Mark Gurman lays out a few upcoming features for a rumored fourth-generation Apple TV that are bound to prompt gamers, casual and hardcore alike, to jump with joy. Read More

 

Unreal Engine 4.9 hits with push notifications, CloudKit support and ton more goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Epic Games’ widely used Unreal Engine that powers countless graphics-rich games like the Infinity Blade trilogy was bumped to version 4.9 today. New features include better graphics in iPhone and iPad games, the ability to use remote push notifications, support for Apple’s CloudKit framework which provides authentication, databases and storage services to developers, and many other perks.

Unreal Engine 4.9 can be downloaded through the official website. Read More

 

Apple TV’s NFL Now channel revamped, rebranded and enriched with Game Pass subscriptions

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Right on cue, the official NFL channel on the Apple TV got updated with support for Game Pass subscriptions, as first noted by MacRumors. The new Game Pass service has replaced NFL’s Game Rewind. With Game Pass, sports fans can subscribe to premium NFL content directly on their Apple TV set-top box.

Game Pass subscriptions are also available through the NFL Mobile app on the iPhone and the iPad. In addition to supporting Game Pass on the Apple TV, the updated NFL Now channel has been rebranded as just NFL. Read More

 

University of Oklahoma students can now use Apple Pay across entire campus

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Notch up another victory for Apple’s mobile payment platform as the University of Oklahoma announced Monday that it will begin accepting Apple Pay across its entire campus. The initiative will allow students to pay with Apple Pay using their NFC-enabled devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch at any of the four-hundred service locations scattered across the campus, including restaurants and bookstores. Read More

 

Apple and Cisco form partnership to ‘deliver fast lane’ for iOS enterprise users

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

In a press release issued Monday, Apple announced a partnership with network giant Cisco designed to deliver “fast lane” for iOS enterprise users. The initiative strives to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps and integrate the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments.

The goal is to “provide unique collaboration” opportunities to enterprise customers on the iPhone and iPad. Read More

 

Moto 360 Sport, 2nd gen Moto 360 and ‘shatterproof’ Motorola phone due this year

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

It pays to keep tabs on competition. Just as Google released Android Wear for iPhone earlier today and LG announced a gold-plated limited-edition of its Urbane watches, noted gadget leaker Upleaks published some interesting tidbits and press renderings for Motorola’s upcoming smartwatches and phones. According to these leaks, a second-generation Moto360 smartwatch is allegedly coming in September.

A Sport variant of the current-generation Moto 360 smartwatch should be due a month later, Upleaks claims. In addition, the Lenovo-owned company is purportedly working on a high-end smartphone that should be shatterproof. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 8 to developers, beta 6 to public testers

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2015

Apple on Monday released the eighth 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.

There’s also a new build available to those participating in Apple’s pubic testing program. It’s beta 6, though it’s likely identical to today’s dev release, and you can either find it in the Mac App Store or click here.
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LG targets Apple Watch Edition with limited-edition Urbane Watch Luxe

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

LG on Monday announced the Urbane Watch Luxe, a special version of its Urbane lineup that it hopes will appeal to folks in the market for an Apple Watch Edition.

Featuring a 23-karat gold case and available with a new alligator strap, the Urbane Watch Luxe was created in partnership with US-based REEDS Jewelers which will handle sales of LG’s Android Wear device in the United States. The limited-edition smartwatch costs $1,200 a pop and will go on sale beginning October. Read More

 

Android Wear now works with the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 31, 2015

As has been rumored for quite some time now, Android Wear now officially supports iOS. In a blog post on the Official Google Blog entitled  “Android Wear now works with iPhones”, Google outlines the specifics behind the iOS compatibility.

Right now, only the LG Urbane, one of the latest Android Wear devices to hit retail, works with the latest update that’s rolling out to users throughout the day. Eventually, however, more Android Wear devices from Huawei, Asus, and Motorola will work. Read More

 

Google+ Collections are now available within Google’s native application for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Google+ Collections are now available within the just-updated Google+ app for the iPhone and iPad, which also contains performance improvements and bug fixes.

Introduced back in May of this year, Collections is basically a feature of Google+ that allows you to group your posts around shared interests and passions. After going live in the official Google+ app for Android and on the web, Google+ Collections can now be browsed on your iPhone and iPad. Read More

 

Parts shipments for 12.9-inch iPad Pro likely to begin in September

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

According to a J.P. Morgan investor memo, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, parts shipments for Apple’s mythical 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ are most likely to begin in September. J.P. Morgan’s analysts reaffirmed claims that the iPad Pro will use an improved touch panel design.

Dubbed Glass-Film-Film (GFF), as opposed to the Glass-Film (GF) panels found on the iPad Air and iPad mini, GFF tech allows for greater touch accuracy and performance. These two prerequisites would be crucial for an Apple-built stylus accessory that the rumor-mill believes might sell as an optional accessory as soon as the iPad Pro arrives. Read More

 

Lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer has been hired away by Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Talk that Apple could be working on an augmented reality project of its own intensified Monday with news that the iPhone maker poached Nick Thompson, the lead audio engineer for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality project.

As noted by Piper Jaffray analyst Travis Jakel, Thompson’s LinkedIn page reveals he started working as an engineer at Apple this July. Before joining Apple, he was the HoloLens Audio Hardware Engineering Lead at Microsoft from September 2012. Read More

 

Nomad launches iPhone car charger with 3,000 mAh battery, USB C and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Nomad, makers of beautiful accessories for Apple’s mobile gadgets, today announced a new car charger for the iPhone and other gadgets that offers some novel features normally not found in car chargers.

Billed as “the first battery pack designed for your car,” the Nomad Roadtrip integrates a 3,000 mAh battery and provides both the standard USB port and USB-C for charging the latest devices. Read More

 

T-Mobile starts punishing data-hungry customers who conceal their tethering

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

T-Mobile announced today that it will throttle LTE data and speeds for users on unlimited plans who illegally use more data than they bought by concealing their tethering.

A small percentage of T-Mobile customers on unlimited 4G LTE plans have been discovered to be gaming the system in order to make their tethering look like smartphone usage.

T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans offer a set amount of mobile hotspot data (up to seven gigabytes) and include tethering at no extra charge. Making tethering look like smartphone usage allows data-hungry customers to use significantly more 4G LTE tethering than their plan includes, with some people consuming up to two terabytes a month.

Their activities have a “disproportionately negative impact” on other users as these rule-breakers “can compromise the network experience for other T-Mobile customers.” The carrier will now clamp down on those people by starting to throttle their data speeds, especially if the carrier determines that they’re misusing their data to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Read More

 

New Apple Music commercial debuts during 2015 MTV Video Music Award

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Continuing its strong marketing push of Apple Music, a brand new Apple Music commercial debuted during last evening’s 2015 MTV Music Video Award ceremony. Consisting of a pair of videos running sixty seconds each, the ad features The Weeknd, a Canadian PBR&B singer, songwriter and record producer who is one of the most played artists on Beats 1 Radio. Read More

 

Hyper review: a video magazine for people with busy lives

By Lory Gil on Aug 31, 2015

I could literally spend hours on the Internet looking at funny, educational, and inspirational videos. However, I don’t have the luxury of spending hours on the Internet. I often miss a lot of the great content that comes out regularly.

Hyper is a video magazine for the iPad that pulls together a few of the top videos every day so you won’t end up going down the rabbit hole that is the Worldwide Web, unless you want to. We’ve got a hands-on app review of Hyper for you today. Read More

 

Good deal: ZeroLemon’s Slim Juicer 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6

By iDB Deals on Aug 31, 2015

The iPhone 6 is an incredible piece of tech, but battery life can be a problem for the heavy user. Packing a sizeable 3100mAh of power into its sleek contours, the Slim Juicer Battery Case could be the solution you’ve been looking for. This solid and contemporary case provides 170% additional charge for your cell. It can be yours for $30.99, a 38% savings.

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SmartClose places apps in a state of deep sleep to intelligently preserve system resources

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 30, 2015

Ryan Petrich’s SmartClose, a popular tweak that takes backgrounded apps and places them immediately into a deep sleep state, has finally been updated for iOS 8. Due to the tweak’s usefulness in terms of battery life and system resource preservation, many of you have been clamoring for a SmartClose update ever since the iOS 8 jailbreak was released.

What makes this tweak so beloved and effective? How does it work? Check out the post for all of the details.

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Meerkat now supports YES/NO polls, showing photos to watchers and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2015

Meerkat, the popular live video streaming software that competes with Twitter-owned Periscope, today issued a nice little update to its iOS application in the App Store.

With version number bumped to 1.5.4, this edition of Meerkat includes a few enhancements like a revamped feed and the ability to show your watchers photos from your Camera roll.

Perhaps most crucially, Meerkat now includes a polling feature which allows anyone to ask their watchers simple YES/NO questions about anything, as they’re broadcasting. Read More

 

New Apple TV expected to launch in October for under $200

By Cody Lee on Aug 30, 2015

The next-generation Apple TV will launch in October for less than $200, reports 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims that company executives are still finalizing pricing, but the latest options call for a starting price of either $149 or $199.

Since this will be considerably more expensive than other streaming media devices on the market, 9to5Mac says that Apple plans to keep the current third-gen Apple TV around. Its more modest $69 price tag will serve as an entry-level product into the Apple TV line. Read More

 
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