BioShock and other 2K games discounted in Independence Day sale

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2015

Looking to add some new iOS games to your collection this weekend? 2K can help. The publisher announced on Friday that it will be running an ‘Independence Day’ sale on some of its high-profile mobile titles over the next week.

Included in the promotion are popular sports games such as NBA 2K15 and NHL 2K, as well as the turn-based strategy hit Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 and BioShock. The discounts range from 25% off, to well over 50% off. Read More

 

Activator 1.9.3 released on stock Cydia repos

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

The latest and greatest version of Ryan Petrich’s Activator has graduated from beta status to the default Cydia repos.

If you’ve been trying to use Activator on your iOS 8.3 jailbreak, you may have encountered problems with the previous version. That’s because the previous version wasn’t optimized for iOS 8.3. With the release of Activator 1.9.3 final, that has changed, and there’s no longer a need to add Ryan’s beta repo to take advantage of the update. Read More

 

iOS 9’s Low Power mode throttles down CPU performance to preserve iPhone’s battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

With iOS 9, Apple has brought out a brand new Low Power mode which kicks in when you’re nearly out of juice. It was designed to help extend your iPhone’s battery life, providing up to three hours of additional time before charging.

After using Geekbench’s iPhone application to measure an iPhone 6’s processor performance in Low Power, MacRumors was able to determine that this mode reduces processor performance by about forty percent. As a result, an iPhone 6 in Low Power mode would be roughly on par with an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 in terms of sheer CPU performance. Read More

 

AppleCare+ now covers Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

AppleCare+ protection for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch has refreshed its terms to cover batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity within the extended warranty period. The new rules apply to Apple Watch Sport, Watch and Edition models, as discovered by MacRumors.

Previously, the extended warranty used to cover Apple Watch batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. Apple officially guarantees the Apple Watch battery will retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles. Assuming an average of one full charge cycle per day, the specification gives the device’s battery a lifespan of about two-and-a-half to three years. Read More

 

Apple shares a pair of slow-motion videos as part of ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ campaign

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ campaign continues with a pair of new videos shared last evening on the company’s YouTube channel. Highlighting iPhone photography skills by Apple dans Willian P. and Jirasak P., the 15-second clips focus on the capabilities of the iPhone 6 camera’s Slow-Mo video capture.

Since its March 2015 launch, ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ thus far has featured the creativity of more than 77 iPhone photographers from 70 cities across 24 countries around the world. Read More

 

Apple Watch launches in 7 new countries, hitting Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

Keeping true to its promise, the Apple Watch world tour continues as the Cupertino firm on Friday expanded device availability to an additional seven markets around the world: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. Customers in the aforesaid markets can now purchase the device from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

In addition, Apple has refreshed its website to confirm that the wearable device will launch in The NetherlandsSweden and Thailand on Friday, July 17. Read More

 

MobilePioneer is an affordable slide out keyboard case for iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Jun 26, 2015

There tends to be two camps when it comes to keyboards. Some people prefer the on-screen touchpad’s design while others feel that the tactile feel of a physical keyboard is the way to go.

If you are in the latter camp, MobilePioneer has a slim case for the iPhone 6 that slides out from the back to expose a full-featured keyboard, complete with iOS shortcuts. Read More

 

TaiG CEO hints at an eventual iOS 9 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

TaiG CEO Xie Lei is feeling pretty bullish about the possibility of jailbreaking iOS 9, as evident by a comment posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. In his comments, which appear to be appended on another post, similar to a quoted retweet on Twitter, Mr. Lei alludes to the future of TaiG’s ambitions. Read More

 

How to manually update to TaiG 2.1.2 if you’re already jailbroken

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2015

If you’re already jailbroken, and let’s face it, a lot of you are, then you may be wondering how to update your jailbreak to the latest version of TaiG—version 2.1.2. Should you start from scratch, or try to use the TaiG jailbreak tool again? No.

That’s because it’s super easy to update to the latest version of TaiG directly from Cydia itself. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get up and running on the latest version of TaiG, which fixes all sorts of bugs, in just a few minutes. Read More

 

How to buy Apple Watch with in-store delivery

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

Earlier today, the Apple Watch hit an additional seven countries around the world, thus bringing the number of countries where the wearable gizmo officially sells to sixteen, with more markets joining Apple’s party it in the coming weeks and months.

The Cupertino firm has pledged to sell “some models” in its retail stores to walk-in customers. But, you still cannot just waltz inside an Apple Store, pick up an Apple Watch and walk away—without making an online reservation first.

That’s where the Apple Online Store’s handy online reservation system comes into play. Called Reserve & Pickup, it lets prospective customers reserve their Apple Watch with in-store delivery for pickup in person. In this tutorial, I’m going to guide you step by step through using the Reserve & Pickup system to find an Apple Watch you’d like to buy and have it shipped to your nearest Apple Store. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 + Cydia Substrate

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

As we noted earlier, the TaiG 2.1.2 untethered jailbreak tool was just released to much fanfare. This is the version of the tool that works as you would expect. It’s compatible with the latest version of iTunes, and works with Cydia Substrate out of the box.

Sadly TaiG 2.1.2 is still Windows only, but we have a good virtual machine tutorial for Mac only users. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to jailbreak iOS 8.3 with TaiG 2.1.2 in mere minutes. Read More

 

TaiG 2.1.2 officially released to jailbreak iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

It’s here, ladies and gentlemen. After a few files got leaked last night, TaiG has come back today with the official version of its jailbreak tool for iOS 8.3. The tool, which is dubbed as version 2.1.2, is for Windows only and features proper Cydia Substrate support. It also fixes the problems with iTunes, where the tool would get stuck at 20% or 60%.  Read More

 

How to enable the three-finger drag gesture in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

One of the first things that I do on a new OS X install is adjust the trackpad and mouse settings to my liking. I absolutely love using things like tap to click and the three finger drag gesture.

Imagine my horror when I could no longer find the three finger drag gesture as an option in System Preferences. It’s simply no longer in the place where it usually is: System Preferences > Trackpad. Well as it turns out, things aren’t so grim as they at first seemed.

Apple moved the three finger drag gesture option to another location, although the move doesn’t make a lot of sense if you ask me. In this post, I’ll show you how to enable the three finger drag gesture on OS X El Capitan. Read More

 

Activator beta updated to support iOS 8.3

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

Activator, an absolute staple tweak for jailbreakers, has been updated for iOS 8.3. The Ryan Petrich developed jailbreak tweak is not only great on its own, but it’s the backbone to a lot of the existing jailbreak tweaks, and opens up the floodgates to the rest of the vast Cydia library.

To install Activator 1.9.3 beta 5, you’ll need to add Ryan’s beta repo to your list of Cydia sources. Check inside for all of the details.

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Shazam updated with support for Apple Music

By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

The popular audio identification service Shazam updated its iOS client today with support for Apple Music. The release brings the app to version 8.7, and arrives just ahead of the launch of the new music service next week.

With Apple Music support, users will be able to identify songs using the Shazam app, and then tap a button to launch the service so they can listen to the track in its entirety. And remember it’s free for the first 3 months. Read More

 

Apple removing games featuring the Confederate flag from the App Store

By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

Apple has joined the likes of Amazon, eBay, Walmart and others in removing products bearing the Confederate flag, reports TouchArcade. The outlet pointed out this morning that a number of apps and games, which featured imagery of the controversial flag, have been pulled from the App Store.

Despite the fact that Apple has told developers it’s only removing titles that “feature images of the Confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways,” several Civil War-era games, which contain images of the Confederate flag for historical and educational context, have been pulled as well. Read More

 

Comic book creator ‘Halftone 2′ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

Apple has just named “Halftone 2 – Comic Book Creator” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the fun comic book-style photo editor for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $2.

Halftone 2 makes it easy to create comic and scrap books with your images. Simply choose a page layout, apply photo filters, position your captions, add speech and thought balloons, and share your creation as an image, multi-page document, or high-definition video. Read More

 

Apple could be prepping 21.5″ iMac with 4K screen & touchpad-based remote with Siri support

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2015

In October 2014, Apple refreshed its flagship all-in-one (my dream desktop) with an insanely sharp 5K screen, among other hardware changes. The update left seasoned watchers wondering about the fate of its smaller 21.5-inch baseline sibling, which has remained stuck with a Full HD 1,920-by-1,080 screen.

As suggested by code hooks 9to5Mac discovered in the second beta of El Capitan Developer Preview, the 21.5-incher could gain an ultra-sharp screen with a 4K resolution. In addition, it appears the Apple Remote could receive a substantial upgrade with a multi-touch surface, Bluetooth, Siri support and other perks in the works. Read More

 

Beats 1 celebrity hosts to include Drake, Dr. Dre, Elton John and others

By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

Apple’s Beats 1 streaming radio service will feature celebrity hosts such as Pharrell Williams, Drake and Elton John, reports The New York Times. In a profile of Apple’s newly recruited D.J., Zane Lowe, the outlet says a number of well-known stars have been given spots.

Other well-known stars on the menu for Beats 1 programming include Dr. Dre, who will host a show called “The Pharmacy,” teen actor Jaden Smith, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Apparently, each of them will be hosting and planning the shows themselves. Read More

 

iTunes U gains homework hand-in feature, one-to-one discussions, PDF annotations and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2015

iTunes U, Apple’s educational catalog on iTunes, has gotten a whole lot more useful with a significant update to the official iPhone and iPad app in the App Store.

As first reported Thursday by Re/code, iTunes U for iOS has gained an interesting homework hand-in feature and PDF annotations providing a timestamp when the student submits term papers, book reports and other work.

Other changes include an integrated grade book, one-to-one discussions, importing content from third-party apps, including Apple’s own Keynote, Pages and iMovie, and more. Read More

 
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