With WatchKit Software Tools, developers can now start building apps for Apple Watch

By Jake Smith on Nov 18, 2014

Apple is kicking off development of apps for the Apple Watch, its first delve into wearables set to be released in spring 2015. The Cupertino-based company announced to developers on Tuesday they can now develop apps through WatchKit, a developer toolkit that allows developers to customize apps for the Apple Watch.
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New Facebook Groups app goes live in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Facebook on Tuesday announced a brand new iPhone application, now available at no cost in the App Store. Dubbed Facebook Groups, the 54-megabyte download promises to give you a dedicated space for you and your groups and make it easy to discover and join new groups, post photos and links, or create your own.

For those wondering, Facebok Groups are like forums on the Internet. Anyone can create a group covering specific topics.

For example, families can create closed groups to share family photos, organize vacations and more. Or, your team could use Facebook Groups to post updates and schedules, your school or neighborhood may have set up a Facebook Group and so forth.

Facebook Groups is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Viber updated with iOS 8 Share extension, Interactive Notifications and other improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Although it’s been losing ground to rival WhatsApp, which recently passed 600 million registered users, Viber very much remains the second-most popular instant messaging and VoIP solution on mobile.

Following WhatsApp’s most recent half-baked update which brought out support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen but no iOS 8-specific features, Viber on Monday refreshed its iOS app for headline iOS 8 features.

You now have Interactive Notifications for easy interactions with Viber alerts and a brand new Share extension making it easy to send content from other apps directly to Viber.

Also new in this update: the unavoidable bug fixes, stability fixes and performance improvements, plus some design changes and other nice-to-haves to provide a more intuitive experience.

Viber is available free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 

John Gruber: Apple working on ‘the biggest camera jump ever’ for the next iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

In the latest episode of The Talk Show, famed Apple pundit John Gruber mentions that he’s heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone, as first noted by The Tech Block.

He’s heard little in terms of camera features aside from a brief mention of a “weird two-lens system” that should take the next iPhone’s camera into “DSLR quality imagery,” those are Gruber’s exact words.

Apple’s been using a five-element lens design for iPhone back cameras since the 2011 introduction of the iPhone 4s. Read More

 

Twelve South launches Deluxe edition of HiRise stand for latest iPhones and iPads with gold finish

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Premium accessory vendor Twelve South today took the wraps off a Deluxe edition of its famed iPhone and iPad dock for charging and hands-free use.

The high-end HiRise Deluxe versatile stand ships with color-matched ‘Made for iPhone’ Lightning and micro-USB cables to charge iPads and iPhones.

The stand can dock your devices in battery cases, such as the Mophie Juice Pack, thanks to its height-adjustable clips, with one-handed adjustment for cases. The HiRise Deluxe is available in three color options, including an all-new gold finish to complement your gold iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. Read More

 

Fleksy keyboard clocks in a new typing speed record

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Fleksy keyboard, among the first soft-keyboards for iOS 8, broke the Guinness World Record for fastest texting six months ago and now they’ve done it again.

As announced Tuesday, following September’s release of its iOS 8 keyboard Fleksy has now made the iPhone 6 Plus the fastest phone for typing by clocking in a new typing speed record on the device.

Brazilian teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho, who is seventeen years old, used Fleksy’s iOS keyboard to break his previous record of 18.19 seconds with a new time of 17.00 seconds.

Fleksy Keyboard is a 99-cent download from the App Store. Read More

 

Apple to let vendors outfit ‘Made for iPhone’ gear with Lightning port starting early 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Apple during its MFi Summit that took place last week over the course of three days in Shenzhen, China told its ‘Made for iPhone’ (MFi) accessory vendors that it will be relaxing rules of the game.

Specifically, makers will be permitted to outfit their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad accessories with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port beginning early next year, Jordan Kahn reported Tuesday morning over at 9to5Mac.

Accessories such as iPhone docks and battery cases with a built-in Lightning port would benefit from using Apple’s proprietary I/O technology to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. The current implementation requires such accessories to provide an additional USB cable for charging. Read More

 

iPhones found to infringe pager tech, Apple ordered to pay $23.6M in damages

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Bloomberg is reporting this morning that Apple’s iPhone and other devices have been found to infringe half a dozen pager technology patents owned by a Texas company called Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC.

Six patents owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies are valid and infringed, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, has found.

The iPhone maker was ordered to pay the Texas company $23.6 million in damages. Read More

 

Nokia is back with an iPad mini look-alike running Android

By Jake Smith on Nov 18, 2014

Nokia rejoined the world of consumer electronics on Monday, after selling its devices unit to Microsoft last year. The Finnish-based company announced the Nokia N1, an iPad mini-clone featuring a strikingly familiar 7.9-inch screen, 2048×1536 resolution, and aluminum design. The N1 will be released in China early next year for $250, undercutting the iPad mini prices heftily. Read More

 

Wi-Fi issues continue to persist for some after updating to OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

After upgrading their Macs to yesterday’s OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 software update, some users continue to experience a range of intermittent Wi-Fi issues that have been plaguing Apple’s latest desktop operating system since its release, according to user feedback over at Apple’s Support Communities containing more than a thousand posts.

Issues vary on a case-by-case basis and include dropped or unreliable wireless connections, slow data transfer speeds, connections randomly dropping every few minutes or so, inability to connect to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep and more. Read More

 

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition review

By Lory Gil on Nov 18, 2014

Icewind Dale came out 14 years ago on Windows computers. In 2000, I still hadn’t even begun playing Dungeons & Dragons on a regular basis, so this title slipped past my view for many years.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition recently launched on iOS and it features all of the familiar settings of the Forgotten Realms, plus includes a few new spells, text options and other enhancements that bring the game to life in the mobile arena. We’ve got a hands-on game review of Icewind Dale for you today. Read More

 

Apple credits Pangu team for discovering vulnerabilities patched in iOS 8.1.1

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Apple has posted a support page on the security content of the just-released iOS 8.1.1, reaffirming previous reports that the firmware breaks the Pangu jailbreak tool. In the page, the company credits the Pangu team for discovering three vulnerabilities patched in 8.1.1.

Among those vulnerabilities was a state management issue in the dyld directory, which has to do with app launches. There was also a validation issue in the handling of metadata fields with the kernel, and a sandbox profile bug that allowed apps to launch arbitrary binaries. Read More

 

Ubisoft releases ‘Arcade Poker’ tie-in game for Far Cry 4

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Ubisoft has launched a new tie-in title for the highly anticipated Far Cry 4, set to launch on consoles and PCs today, called Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker. It’s a standalone app, but players can sync it up with the new Far Cry to earn currency that can be used in the game.

Arcade Poker is an interesting game that plays like a mix of tetris, poker and something else. Cards fall from the top of the screen, and can be randomly shuffled until they hit the bottom to build a 5-card poker hand. The better the hand, the more coins you’ll be given. Read More

 

SendDelay will give you a brief second chance before you send that iMessage

By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 18, 2014

It’s happened to me several times before to send a message and quickly realize I was actually sending it to the wrong person. I’m sure many of you have experienced the same situation at some point. If you wish there was a way to stop a message from getting delivered, you should probably check out a brand new jailbreak tweak known as SendDelay. Read More

 

Eddy Cue demos Apple Pay for local news program

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

During a Monday night segment of the Tech Report on local LA news station KTLA, Eddy Cue took host Rich DeMuro on a “shopping spree” to demonstrate how easy it is to use Apple Pay for purchases. The pair visited a number of places, including Panera Bread, Bloomingdale’s and the Disney Store.

Using his gold iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s SVP of Internet software and services, pre-ordered food from Panera Bread using the restaurant’s app, and paid for it via Apple Pay. He then went to Bloomingdale’s to buy sunglasses, the Disney Store for a few toys, and of course they ended up at an Apple Store. Read More

 

eBay app update allows you to create, pay for and print shipping labels

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Popular auction site eBay has updated its iOS client, bringing the app to version 3.5. The update brings about a handful of improvements, including performance and speed boosts and various new country-specific features.

The release adds new checkout features in Germany and Australia, and a new click and collect option for Argos in the UK. Users can now purchase something from Argos on eBay in-app, and choose to pick the item up locally. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 056: Photo Stream steam

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 17, 2014

Episode 56: Sebastien voices his frustration about an iOS Photo issue. Jeff expresses more love for the Fire TV as an Apple TV competitor. Cody displays his musical talents.

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Intel goes after Apple Watch with $495 MICA fashion band for women

By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014

Hot on the heels of the Apple Watch, Intel unveiled a new luxury wearable at a media event on Monday, aimed at women with a snakeskin band and AT&T connectivity – no phone pairing necessary. Priced at $495, the smart bracelet, thing, allows users to receive, dismiss, and reply to text messages, email, and Facebook and Google notifications, completely independent of a smartphone. Read More

 

Chinese authorities shut down WireLurker site, suspects arrested

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2014

Chinese authorities arrested three individuals last Friday that are believed to have developed the “WireLurker” malware, according to a police post on Sina Weibo. The authorities were tipped off by Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. Additionally, the post says that authorities have also identified and shut down the website that was hosting and distributing the malware. Read More

 

Sony debuts 21MP camera sensor with 4K video, could be used in future iPhone and iPad

By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014

Apple supplier Sony has announced a new 21-megapixel mobile camera sensor, dubbed the Exmor RS IMX230, that could see itself in a future iOS device after the sensor begins shipping in April 2015. The IMX230 camera uses a stacked CMOS imaging sensor design, allowing for faster auto-focusing and better image quality. It also features 4K HDR video. Read More

 
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