Apple launches new site regarding its ConnectED education program efforts

By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2014

Apple today added a new section to its website detailing its efforts regarding President Barack Obama’s ConnectED education program. As part of its participation in the program, the company will be providing hardware, services and infrastructure to 114 schools across the United States.

According to the site, Apple will give each student at the selected schools an iPad, and every teacher and administrator will receive both an iPad and Mac. They’ll also be providing an Apple TV for each classroom, which can be used for displaying lesson content on larger displays via AirPlay. Read More

 

Yelp updated for iPhone 6 screen sizes

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Apple’s latest and greatest smartphones are more than a month old now, but many popular apps have not yet refreshed to take advantage of the bigger 4.7 and 5.5-inch canvases with more pixels (the price you pay for being an early adopters). Yelp is feeling your pain, too.

Monday, they issued a long awaited update to Yelp’s iOS app for crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses.

Yes, it has native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but that’s not all: there’s a new Directions button to help take you from A to B in a more efficient manner, by telling you how long it’ll take to walk or drive to the business.

The update has rolled and is now live in the App Store. Read More

 

Camera+ gains lossless TIFF compression format, brings back iOS 7 support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Camera+ by Taptaptap has received a newsworthy refresh Monday that has brought back iOS 7 support killed in the previous release while enabling a new Auto setting for the front flash feature.

More importantly, Camera+ 6.1 introduces a Pro quality setting that lets those who are serious about iPhone photography save their snaps in the TIFF image format using lossless compression.

As if that weren’t enough, the team teased “some big things coming down the pipeline” for both the latest iPhone edition of Camera+, along with “a huge, long-overdue update” for the iPad version.

Camera+ is available in the App Store for $2.99. Read More

 

Here’s what the Apple Watch UI looks like on an iPhone [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2014

When the Apple Watch was revealed, it displayed a fairly drastic UI change from the way a typical iPad or iPhone works. The UI showcased many app icons on screen and once, and they could be zoomed in and out via the watch’s digital crown.

That UI seems to fit in fairly well with the watch, given that device’s limitations on screen real estate. But how would a similar UI work on the iPhone? Would it even work at all?

Developer Lucas Menge helps to answer that question via an open source mockup showcasing the Apple Watch UI on his iPhone 5s. The result is a fairly eye-opening display that may convince some that the Apple Watch UI could indeed work on a large screen device. Have a look inside at the awesome video, and let us know what you think. Read More

 

Pangu releases iOS 8.x jailbreak untether update to fix Cydia Substrate loading, iMessage bugs, and Safari crashes

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2014

The Pangu team has just released an update to their untethered jailbreak. Users who are already jailbroken can venture into the Pangu app on the Home screen in order to update.

The incremental update fixes the Cydia Substrate loading issue upon reboot, iMessage picture sending, and Safari bugs. It’s advised that all jailbroken users update now. Read More

 

Microsoft treats all Office 365 subscribers to unlimited OneDrive storage, no strings attached

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

If you were sitting on the fence of subscribing to Office 365 just to gain editing functionality in Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, Microsoft has an offer that will knock your socks off.

All Office 365 subscribers now get unlimited OneDrive storage with their service, the team announced Monday.

Yup, storage limits just became a thing of the past.

And with the recently reduced monthly subscriptions now available as In-App Purchases in Office for iPad, you’ll have unlimited OneDrive space for your photos, videos and other documents for as low as seven bucks per month. Again, that’s unlimited OneDrive storage and Office from $7 per month. Read More

 

Alpine launches its first aftermarket CarPlay in-dash receiver

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Alpine, which specializes in car audio and navigation systems, is an Apple-endorsed aftermarket solutions provider for CarPlay. On Monday, the company announced its first aftermarket in-dash receiver designed to work with Apple’s CarPlay, the iLX-007.

The $800 accessory features a seven-inch capacitive touch screen and supports the full range of CarPlay functionality like making and receiving phone calls and messages, listening to music, navigating with Apple Maps, conversing with Siri and more. Read More

 

Apple wants to enable iPhone 6’s NFC for building security, public transit tickets and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Most of the talk about NFC inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has centered around Apple Pay, the iPhone maker’s mobile payments service, but NFC has other uses, too. Android handsets typically use NFC for proximity-based wireless sharing and now The Information is reporting that Apple is considering adding more NFC-based features to the new iPhones, stuff like enabling secure access to buildings and transit fare systems. Read More

 

iPad Air 2’s anti-reflective screen reduces ambient light reflections dramatically

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

DisplayMate Technologies has put the screens of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 through a barrage of tests concluding that the former’s anti-reflective screen reduces ambient light reflections dramatically compared to any other tablet display out there.

The technology, DisplayMate discovered, reduces ambient light reflections by about 3:1 over most other tablets, including the previous iPads, and about 2:1 over all of the very best competing tablets and smartphones, including the iPhone 6. Read More

 

Amazon launches Fire TV Stick, a $39 HDMI dongle

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Having released its $99 set top box in April 2014, the Fire TV, that also doubles as an Android-driven games console, the online retail giant Amazon on Monday took on Google’s Chromecast with a $35 HDMI dongle dubbed the Fire TV Stick.

Amazon is calling the Fire TV Stick “the most powerful streaming media stick.” And at just $39, it’s within reach of average consumers who need a pocket-sized device to wirelessly beam their media and apps from an Android phone or tablet (iOS coming soon) to a big screen TV. Read More

 

FitBit unveils next-generation activity trackers and a $250 fitness superwatch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

After recalling its rash-inducing Force wristband back in February, FitBit on Monday launched a new family of activity trackers, the FitBit Charge and Charge HR, while making its first foray into the smart watch space with the FitBit Surge fitness accessory.

The water-resistant Fitbit Charge, billed as “the Force reinvented”, is an improved version of the activity tracker with an OLED screen and a seven-day battery. The Fitbit Charge HR is an improved version of the Charge wristband with FitBit’s PurePulse heart rate sensors and a five-day battery.

As for the Fitbit Surge, this $250 fitness watch packs in a total of eight sensors for more detailed logging of activities such as running and working out. Jump past the fold for more details. Read More

 

iPhone 6 pre-orders on Samsung’s home turf top 100,000 units, outpacing Galaxy Note 4

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014

Ahead of the scheduled October 31 launch, carriers in South Korea have managed to collect 100,000 pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, three times the amount of pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Carriers KT Corp., LG Uplus Corp. and SK Telecom Co., South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, started accepting pre-orders for the new devices this past Friday, October 24. Read More

 

Moving into the post-PC era

By Oliver Haslam on Oct 27, 2014

Ever since the first iPad was introduced by Steve Jobs way back in 2010 there has been the argument about whether it is just there to be a media consumption device, or can actually be used for what PC users seem to be so determined to call ‘real work.’

Steve Jobs knew, or at least he hoped that iPads would eventually replace computers as we know them. When launching the first iPad he spoke of his new tablet as a car, and the computers that came before it as trucks.

I’m trying to think of a good analogy. When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them.

He knew the transition wouldn’t be easy, and he was right. Read More

 

SBFlip is one of the first tweaks to work on iOS 8 only

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 27, 2014

One of the major differences between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus is that the latter is capable of changing the Home screen’s orientation. In other words, you can change from portrait to landscape mode on the Home screen when using the iPhone 6 Plus, just like the iPad. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 and older devices lack this capability, but if you’ve already jailbroken your iOS 8 device, you should definitely check out SBFlip.

SBFlip enables Home screen rotation on unsupported devices, just like the iPhone 6 Plus. This means that you can rotate your Home screen from portrait to landscape mode on iPhone 6, iPhone 5s and older devices running iOS 8. The tweak also comes with two flip styles called Dynamic Dock and Stationary Dock. Read More

 

AlienBlue++ adds additional functionality to the Alien Blue app

By Alihassan Mahdi on Oct 27, 2014

Alien Blue is one of the most popular Reddit client apps for iOS and was recently acquired by Reddit. Although the app has most of the features that a user needs, it’s still a long way from being a perfect app. This is why a new jailbreak tweak known as AlienBlue++ comes in to fill the gap.

Developed by UnlimApps, AlienBlue++ adds four new features to the popular Alien Blue app to improve  your experience browsing Reddit. The tweak comes with a built-in photo editing feature that allows you to edit photos and give them a new touch before posting them on Reddit. For instance, you’ll have the ability to add emoticons and texts, choose from a variety of effects and filters, crop the image, draw on it and much more. Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: the mysterious iPad Air 2 wallpapers

By Jim Gresham on Oct 26, 2014

Over the past couple weeks, many folks tracked me down on Twitter hoping I was able to find the images used to market and advertise the new iPad Air 2. Originally on the iPad Air 2 web page, the included images were used as Lock screen splash images. Many people were excited about the new walls, but unfortunately, they did not ship with either iOS 8.1, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3.

The Lock screen images were originally on the website with different iPads, but seem to now be pulled down. If searching in the right place, you can still find the image pictured above. However, a blue-green variant is now seemingly removed. In an effort to support those folks looking for these images, we made them our Wallpapers of the Week. Read More

 

The best Reddit clients for iPhone

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 26, 2014

Reddit is a virtual gold mine of information on countless topics, all organized into subreddits and multireddits, with options to get a customized feed of only what you want to see. /r/jailbreak is a great place to find tweak concepts and help with jailbreaking issues, and there is an infinite amount of other topics of interest on Reddit.

Of course, no social network is complete without an iPhone app, and there are quite a few third party iOS apps for Reddit – so many that it’s hard to find a clear winner in every category. Naturally, hardcore Reddit users each have their own favorite app like Alien Blue, but occasionally a newer app, such as Reddme, will come out and gain its own fan base. The hard part is deciding which one to use daily. Hence, an article on the best Reddit apps for iOS. Read More

 

This week on iDB: iOS 8.1 and the Pangu jailbreak

By Sébastien Page on Oct 26, 2014

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

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Ryan Petrich pushes iOS 8 updates for Activator, FlipSwitch, and more

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

You know things are starting to roll when Ryan Petrich begins to update his vast library of Cydia tweaks. The first such tweaks to receive their iOS 8 updates landed on the prolific developer’s beta repo just a short while ago.

Activator, is of course, the headlining feature of them all, since so many other tweaks rely on it for core functionality. It, along with AppList and the FlipSwitch framework were updated. Read More

 

How to extract OS X app icons

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2014

OS X is known for its beautiful interface and beautiful app icons. It’s one of the things that really separates it from Windows and its bland look (although Windows has made significant strides in this regard as well).

At iDB, we often use app icon images as feature images for our posts, and videos. Fortunately, OS X makes it extremely easy to copy the app icons from all of our favorites apps, and export them as standalone images. In the following video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 
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