How iPhone 6 may be suited for one-handed use

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

Shortly after Apple released the iPhone 5s in September 2013, KGI Securities’ Ming Chi-Kuo speculated that a future larger-screened iPhone won’t go beyond five inches for Apple, in the analyst’s own words, would be foolish to abandon its “unwavering principle of one hand use”.

A year earlier, Apple for the first time publicly articulated its philosophy in an iPhone 5 television commercial dubbed ‘Thumb’, which pictures a user comfortably operating the four-inch device using only their thumb.

So, what engineering and design feats might the handset employ in order to make it suitable for one-handed use? Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Watch Apple’s boss Tim Cook getting ice bath to benefit ALS research

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

Yesterday, Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge. In a tweet accompanied by a series of images showing himself dumping a bucket of ice water on his head at the beaches, Schiller called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to accept the challenge and also get doused, by tagging him in the post.

Sure enough, Cook rose to the occasion and had a bucket of ice water poured over his head by recording artist Michael Franti.

Even better, this all happened in front of company employees who earlier tonight gathered for Apple’s Diversity beer bash at 1 Infinite Loop headquarters. And in an even more peculiar move, the iPhone maker has documented this in a video posted to its official YouTube channel and included for your viewing pleasure right below the fold… Read More

 

Shareholder files class action suit against Apple over anti-poaching agreements

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

It looks like tech employees aren’t the only ones upset with Apple’s anti-poaching agreements. Shareholder R. Andre Klein has filed a class action lawsuit against the Cupertino company, saying the deals caused it to grossly mismanage its assets, mislead its investors, and hurt its overall value.

According to the filing, Klein is suing on behalf of all Apple shareholders and has named a number of its executives as individual defendants including Tim Cook, and even the late Steve Jobs. He is seeking a jury trial, and asking for a settlement that would resolve “millions of dollars in damages.” Read More

 

Samsung acquires smart home startup SmartThings for $200 million

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

With much of the ‘next big thing in tech’ talk focused on wearables and mobile payments, it’s easy to forget about the connected home. But all of the major tech companies are making major moves in this space, including Google, Apple and now Samsung.

Following Google’s Nest acquisition and Apple’s HomeKit unveiling, Samsung announced this week that it has purchased smart home startup—and former Kickstarter sensation—SmartThings. The money is said to be in the neighborhood of $200 million… Read More

 

Vimeo app updated with new uploading, private sharing options

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

Vimeo users will be happy to hear that the video site has rolled out a new build of its iOS client. The update brings the app to version 4.2, and it brings about new video upload and private sharing options, as well as new find and follow features.

With Vimeo 4.2 on iPhone and iPad, you can now upload videos from your device’s Camera Roll, straight to Vimeo from within the app. You can also now share videos with people you follow on Vimeo privately, so they won’t show up in your feed… Read More

 

Beats Music posts video celebrating Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ film

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music has posted a new video on its YouTube channel this evening. The 22-minute-long clip is called ‘Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience,’ and it’s a documentary that revisits the cast and location of Spike Lee’s popular film.

As the name suggests, the video celebrates the 25th anniversary of ‘Do The Right Thing,’ a 1989 film about the consequences of hate and bigotry in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. The movie was controversial, but received critical acclaim and a number of major awards… Read More

 

Tom Hanks promotes new iPad app in App Store interview

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

Here’s something you don’t hear every day. Actor Tom Hanks participated in an App Store interview this afternoon, in an effort to promote his new iPad app ‘Hanx Writer.’ The conversation happened via Twitter, with Mr. Hanks answering questions asked by the official App Store account.

Hanx Writer aims to recreate the experience of a manual typewriter on the iPad, with authentic sounds and graphics. And while there are already a host of similar apps on the App Store, early reviews say that none of them come close to Hanx in terms of polish and attention to detail… Read More

 

‘Epoch 2′ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

Apple has just named Epoch 2, by Uppercut Games, its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular game for both iPhone and iPad, for free—a solid savings of $5.

For those who haven’t played it before, Epoch 2 continues the post-apocalyptic storyline of the original with new weapons and gameplay modes. New players will enjoy its sharp graphics, engaging plot and deceptively simple gameplay… Read More

 

Google previews revamped YouTube for TV, coming soon to streaming boxes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Google’s YouTube is putting finishing touches on an overhauled TV experience that will soon start rolling out to popular gaming consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox One and media-streaming boxes like the Roku (and, presumably, to the Apple TV as well).

The redesigned YouTube app on TV makes it easier to find what you want through Guide, says Google, and it brings all the playlists, shelves and branding from channels.

Jump past the fold for pretty screenshots and full reveal… Read More

 

WSJ: higher-end 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models to get sapphire displays

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports this afternoon that Apple plans to use sapphire crystal displays in higher-end models of both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models this fall. The news directly contradicts recent reports, which said the company had scrapped such plans due to complexity and cost.

According to today’s report, though, the firm is still very much pondering the idea, and plans to move forward with it if it can get enough sapphire produced in time for launch. The outlet says that Apple may charge more for the phones due to the material’s higher costs, a long-running theory this year… Read More

 

Apple to Thai government: next phone may not even be called iPhone 6

By Timothy Reavis on Aug 14, 2014

Soon after a Thai official tweeted that Thailand approved two new iPhone models for use in the country, Apple sent a few executives from South Asia to speak with Takorn Tantasith, the secretary of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), concerning the leak.

Although the Thai government’s disclosure contained nothing more than the mention of the model numbers “A1524″ and “A1586,” as well as “iPhone 6,” that apparently was enough to anger Apple into sending executives to reprimand Thai officials for releasing the information… Read More

 

NotifyMeAgain lets you snooze notifications on your iPhone

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 14, 2014

Personally, when I’m in the middle of something on my device, I usually dismiss incoming notifications and normally end up forgetting about them. This can cause an issue if the notification is about an important text message or email. NotifyMeAgain is a brand new jailbreak tweak that prevents users from forgetting about pending notifications.

NotifyMeAgain reminds users about a pending notification by displaying it again after a period of time. It works by requiring you to set a timer after which you want a pending notification to re-appear. This is quite similar to how the “Snooze” feature works for alarms in the Clock app. The tweak employs swipe gestures in order to invoke a timer. For instance, you can swipe the notification banner to the right or to the left to choose a particular timer. Read More

 

StreamEnhancer removes restrictions and ads from video streaming apps

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 14, 2014

One of the great advantages of having a smartphone is that you can watch online videos on it. However, various video streaming services come with restrictions and ads that will put you off. To enjoy watching videos without any restrictions, check out a new tweak called StreamEnhancer.

StreamEnhancer gives users the ability to disable Ads and commercials in various video streaming apps such as YouTube, Twitch, and Comedy Central as well as get rid of all the restrictions imposed. As of this writing, the tweak supports more than 10 different video streaming apps, Read More

 

Ubisoft confirms iOS edition of Valiant Hearts: The Great War coming on September 4

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Games developer and publisher Ubisoft today confirmed that the iOS edition of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, its puzzle-adventure game set during the World War I, is coming to the App Store next month.

The game, inspired by letters written during the World War I, has originally made its debut on Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles, as well as on Windows PCs, in June of last year.

Much like the original release, the iOS version is like a playable graphics novel. Of course, the iOS port features touch-optimized controls, crisp graphics designed for Retina screens, Game Center support and more… Read More

 

Gameloft’s Candy Block Breaker hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

The prolific mobile games publisher based out in France, Gameloft, on Thursday released a Candy Crush Saga-esque game that challenges you to break everything in your path and use power-ups to reach the top.

“Get wild in the jungle by breaking everything in sight with the help of some fun and frenzied monster pals,” teases Gameloft.

Called Candy Block Breaker and available free from the App Store for the iPhone and iPad, the addictive breaker game is basically a reworked version of Gameloft’s Candy Block Breaker which was published last June and came integrated with the popular messaging app, Tango… Read More

 

Samsung takes ‘Wall Huggers’ campaign to airports

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Samsung’s much-talked-about anti-iPhone campaign dubbed ‘Wall Huggers’ is expanding to select airports, which are among the most trafficked public spots and traditionally the domain of iPhone and MacBook-toting users.

After poking fun of the iPhone’s appalling battery performance with its controversial 30-second television spot, the South Korean conglomerate is now displaying Galaxy S5 ads at power outlets throughout major airports.

The posters advertises the Galaxy S5′s Ultra Power Saving mode and features a tagline saying “So you have the power to be anywhere but here” in a not-so-subtle dig at Apple’s iPhone 5s campaign which revolves around the tagline “You’re more powerful than you think”… Read More

 

Assembled iPhone 6 logic board apparently leaks, but crucial component obfuscated

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

In late-July, a claimed iPhone 6 circuit board leaked on the web. As it lacked the actual chips (it only showed the pin layout), it left watchers guessing as to whether the handset might include much-rumored NFC capability for a rumored Apple-branded mobile payment service.

Today, a photo purportedly showing a fully assembled logic board of the iPhone 6 has surfaced. Published by a Taiwanese blog, it reveals several semiconductor components such as a Toshiba flash chip and a Wi-Fi module… Read More

 

Sony releases ‘Album of the Day’ for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony today released a brand new iPhone app focused on daily deals on select iTunes music purchases.

Created by Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH and dubbed ‘Album of the Day,’ the software is now available in key market globally as a free download from the App Store, following its soft-launch back in March in Germany.

The app offers daily deals on whole albums from the Sony label, with up to 70 percent off on popular artists… Read More

 

Safari 7.0.6/6.1.6 with Mavericks/Mountain Lion security fixes now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Late yesterday, Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Mountain Lion.

The releases contain improvements to security related to Apple’s desktop browser and are both recommended for all OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion users.

These updates follow the release of a new version of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (build 13F14) that Apple released to developers yesterday… Read More

 

Assault Vector review: turn-based strategy set in outer space

By Lory Gil on Aug 14, 2014

I am a sucker for a turn-based strategy game. They can be great time wasters. I love planning my move, setting up my men, and hitting hard with a great attack.

Assault Vector is a turn-based strategy game where players must be ready for attack from all angles. Plan your attack before your enemy gets you cornered. We took it for a spin and have a full review of Assault Vector for you below… Read More

 
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