Apple uses famous calligrapher to tease new West Lake Apple Store in China

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

Apple looks to be making time with its Chinese retail expansion, and as such has tapped famous calligrapher Wang Dongling to announce the grand opening of its first Apple Store in Hangzhou. Read More

 

Apple once again reminds developers of upcoming 64-bit app rules

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

Apple has issued an email to registered iOS app developers on Tuesday reminding them all iOS apps will need to include 64-bit support for the latest A-series chips. Apple has sent out previous emails before, but it serves as another reminder before the change goes into effect. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 19

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the crazy world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great app discounts, a few new games, and more. Read More

 

T-Mobile can’t afford to keep going, parent company says

By Jake Smith on Jan 19, 2015

While T-Mobile and its UnCarrier strategy are great for customers like you and me, apparently it’s not the best for business.

Tim Hoetthes, CEO of T-Mobile US’ parent company Deutsche Telekom, said in an interview with Recode the company’s current path is unsustainable and something needs to change.  Read More

 

Poll: should the next iPhone implement Apple Watch’s Force Touch pressure sensing?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

If you believe recent reporting by Tech News Taiwan and UDN, Force Touch, one of the technologies behind the Apple Watch, could make its way into this year’s refresh of the iPhone 6, likely to be referred to as an ‘iPhone 6s’.

To get you quickly up to speed on Force Touch, it’s a handy feature that relies on a bunch of tiny electrodes around the Watch’s display that recognize the difference between a tap and a press, thereby providing the user with quick access to contextually specific controls.

But would Force Touch make sense on the iPhone, do you think? Read More

 

Google reportedly investing in SpaceX for Internet-beaming satellites

By Jake Smith on Jan 19, 2015

Search giant Google is in early talks to invest in SpaceX, tech titan Elon Musk’s space transport services company that is looking at putting more technology in space. The Information reports Google wants an edge in Silicon Valley’s space race for the next frontier. Read More

 

Apple SVP Phil Schiller tears Google Glass to shreds in email exchange

By Jake Smith on Jan 19, 2015

Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing, didn’t have kind words to share when emailed about Google Glass, the search giant’s experimental wearable that’s about to be mass produced for consumers in 2015. Read More

 

Leaked images show upcoming Google Calendar iOS app with embedded photos and maps

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Monday has brought us our first glimpses into Google’s standalone Calendar app for the iPhone, courtesy of leaked screenshots via The Next Web.

Featuring Material Design, Google’s design language applied across mobile, desktop and the web, the forthcoming application puts photos and map information straight into your calendar, and more. Read More

 

2K announces Sid Meier’s Starships, hitting Mac and iPad early this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Publisher 2K Games and developer Firaxis Games are gearing up to launch a new interstellar strategy game for Mac and Windows PCs and the iPad, Polygon said Monday.

Coming in early 2015, legendary game designer Sid Meier had a direct hand in designing Sid Meier’s Starships, a turn-based, adventure-driven interstellar strategy game in which you’ll take the role of a fleet commander after the age of the Seeding. Read More

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 rumored to adopt touch-based fingerprint sensor akin to Touch ID

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone will include a much-improved fingerprint sensor which takes cues from Apple’s Touch ID in that it will recognize a fingerprint when a user places their fingertip on the Home button, according to an unverified report last week by SamMobile.

The Galaxy S5 made some noise by adding a fingerprint sensor that requires users to swipe their finger on the sensor. It didn’t win praise for quality or innovation as reviewers were quick to pan it due to inaccurate and unreliable performance, which ultimately frustrated the users. Read More

 

Check out the original 1995 Apple Watch!

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the iPhone maker’s upcoming Apple Watch is not the first wrist-worn watch the company has created.

Back in 1995, two years before Jobs was brought back to save the company he co-founded, Apple had used a custom-made wrist watch with anodized aluminum bezel and scratch-resistant glass as an incentive for users to upgrade to Mac OS System 7.5. Read More

 

Chinese thieves tunnel their way into a Beijing warehouse, stealing 240 iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Nearly $230,000 worth of iPhones have disappeared through a 20-inch hole after a trio of daring thieves tunneled their way into a warehouse, Xinhua News Agency reported earlier in the month.

Three Chinese nationals were arrested on charges of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units, valued at 1.4 million yuan, or approximately $230,000. The suspects were arrested in late December after the police successfully tracked the phones’ serial numbers. Read More

 

Snowden docs give new insight into how GCHQ tracked iPhone users

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

New documents by NSA leaker Edward Snowden were published this weekend by German newspaper Der Spiegel, giving us new insight into how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users without their consent.

Rather than tap specific exploits that GCHQ’s U.S. counterpart, NSA, relied on in order to compromise the iPhone’s software, GCHQ surveilled targets by following a device’s UDID across different services.

They were even able to pull data from the device itself when syncing with a compromised computer took place. Read More

 

Apple.com celebrates Martin Luther King Day

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Apple is celebrating Martin Luther King Day with an appropriate graphics on its homepage.

Furthermore, the company is encouraging its employees, who did not get the day off on Monday, to volunteer and promised to donate an additional $50 for every voluntary hour worked by employees.

This is actually part of the iPhone maker’s gift matching program that was put into effect by Steve Jobs’s hand-picked successor Tim Cook shortly after he became the CEO in late-2011. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using Mac OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2015

It is now possible to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using a Mac, and this has been confirmed by iDownloadBlog. Up until this point, no Mac option existed for jailbreaking iOS 8.1.2, but that is no longer the case. A new tool entitled PP jailbreak for Mac has surfaced, allowing Mac users to enjoy what Windows users have been enjoying for some time now. Inside, we have a tutorial that shows how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using OS X with the PP jailbreak for Mac. Read More

 

Apple terminates registered App Store developers in Crimea following US sanctions

By Jake Smith on Jan 18, 2015

Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps.  Read More

 

This concept does an ambitious rethinking of outdated handling of contacts in iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2015

I’m very displeased and unhappy (and I’m putting it mildly) that innovation in the iOS Contacts department has stalled out.

Argue as much as you want, but there’s no denying that integration of contacts in Apple’s mobile software is a convoluted mess, one that lacks consistency and completely eschews any reasonable expectations of a unified communications solution.

Product designer Frank Costa felt the same way so he went about creating a smart concept that tries to reimagine the address book experience on iOS, by envisioning an Invisible Address Book of sorts.

The ideas he proposes are quite intriguing. His Medium post, for example, describes profile pictures of frequently accessed contacts right in Spotlight for effortless one-tap interactions. From there, a list of apps that use your address book would be one swipe away, along with a handy log of your interactions with a friend. Read More

 

30 new tweaks to check out this weekend

By Sébastien Page on Jan 18, 2015

After an incredibly prolific amount of releases last week, things seem to have calmed down again in Cydia, with 30 new tweaks released during the last 7 days. If you haven’t had time to launch Cydia lately, make sure to take a couple minutes to peruse this list of tweaks, and catch up on what’s new and interesting. Read More

 

Guardians of the Galaxy wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

By Jim Gresham on Jan 18, 2015

Last week’s post of space galaxies proved to be a big hit! This is a consistent theme proved to be enjoyed by readers. You can find additional galaxy themed wallpapers in the following posts: galaxy creation, stars and moons, and galaxy wallpapers. Moreover, our Interstellar movie inspired wallpapers are in the same theme.

Taking movie and galaxy themes to the next level, I asked readers to submit their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy wallpapers for iOS devices. Very quickly, I received a solid collection of submissions via Twitter. Below is a curated list of great Guardians wallpapers with credit to the submitters. Read More

 

Revered analyst predicts a creative stylus accessory for rumored iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2015

The “If you see a stylus, they blew it” line that Steve Jobs famously used during the January 2007 iPhone introduction is about to get challenged in the post-Jobs era.

At least that’s what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo proposed in his newly published note to clients.

Long story short, the analyst predicted that a rumored ‘iPad Pro,’ expected in late-2015, will include an optional in-house built stylus accessory as a niche product aimed at creative professionals. Read More

 
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