FCC loosens labeling restrictions for iPhones and other devices

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2014

This is kind of interesting. The FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology issued new labeling guidance on Friday, saying that manufacturers can do away with the awful FCC ID etchings found on the backs of iPhones and other devices with integral screens.

Until now, the FCC has asked that any equipment requiring FCC certification sport a nameplate or etched label listing its FCC ID and other info. But with devices getting smaller and more complex, it wanted to update the requirement for the digital age…  Read More

 

PopSearch adds new search options to Action Menu

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 12, 2014

Ryan Petrich’s Action Menu is such a classic jailbreak tweak that many developers continue to make add-ons for it years after its release. Case in point, PopSearch, an add-on that brings new search options to the classic tweak.

PopSearch allows users to highlight specific text and quickly search that text using a pop-over menu. Search engines include Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, and Bing. Settings can be configured from Action Menu’s settings. Take a look inside for a video demonstration of PopSearch in action. Read More

 

Munin review: a mythical platformer with a twist

By Andrew Kunesh on Jul 12, 2014

Platform games, often dubbed platformers, have always had a special place in my heart, so when I heard about Munin in our last App Recap, I downloaded it immediately and have been addicted ever since.

Munin is a 2D platform game for iPad based on Norse mythology in which a raven named Munin has been transformed into a human. In order to become a raven again, Munin must collect all of her feathers from various places in the beautifully dark world of Yggdrasil. If this seems like a storyline that would interest you, read on for my full Munin reviewRead More

 

Apple’s Maps team calling businesses to verify user address corrections

By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2014

Continuing on with its efforts to refine its mapping software, Apple has apparently begun calling businesses looking to verify user-reported address corrections. In a recent Reddit post, a business owner said he had been contacted by someone with Apple Maps.

Reddit user swb1192 said he received an interesting phone call from a 408 number (a Cupertino, California area code) this week. The person said that they were with Apple’s Maps team, and that a user had reported his business address as incorrect, which it was… Read More

 

IGN names ‘OTTTD’ its Free Game of the Month

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 12, 2014

IGN has announced its Free Game of the Month for July to be OTTTD by SMG Studio, a tower defense game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6 or greater. The app, available for free with IGN’s promo code, is currently priced at $2.99 (regularly $4.99) and holds a 4.5 star-rating in the App Store.

OTTTD — which stands for Over The Top Tower Defense — is a step above typical tower defense games, with features including dozens of enemy types, a 25-level storyline campaign, an endless mode, and much more… Read More

 

Apple wins lawsuit against Emblaze over live video streaming patent

By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2014

In a verdict handed down late yesterday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple defeated a lawsuit brought on by Emblaze Ltd. The company claimed that the iPhone-maker infringed on one of its patents.

More specifically, Emblaze accused Apple of infringing on its live video streaming patent, with its HTTP live-streaming service (HLS) that it asks 3rd-party apps like MLB at Bat and WatchESPN to use. But the trial’s jury found otherwise… Read More

 

Apple joins ‘SupplierPay’ initiative to speed up payments to small businesses

By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2014

Apple has joined Coca-Cola, IBM and other major companies as an early adopter in the new White House ‘SupplierPay’ program. The initiative is aimed at accelerating payments from these larger firms to smaller businesses in their supply chain.

The program is a private-sector extension of QuickPay, another federal initiative designed to ensure small contractors are paid within 15 days of submitting an invoice. This helps them avoid borrowing money, increasing their chances to succeed… Read More

 

HandsFree lets you answer calls with a wave of your hand

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 12, 2014

HandsFree is a recently released jailbreak tweak that works in conjunction with iOS 7′s Phone and FaceTime apps and introduces the ability to answer incoming calls straight to speaker with a simple wave of your hand. The key phrase here is “straight to speaker,” as this tweak eliminates the two-step process previously required to answer a call and enable speakerphone.

HandsFree works with FaceTime Video and Audio in addition to cellular calls, so answering an incoming call is seamless across the board… Read More

 

Apps of the week: Sonic Jump Fever, Macrocosm, Magic 2015, and more

By Lory Gil on Jul 12, 2014

Plenty of new and interesting apps and games flooded the App Store this week. After a few weeks of slowdown, it is nice to see things picking up again. Whatever you are into, there is a new app or game out there to keep you going.

Whether you want to play a simple puzzle game, learn a cover song, or catch up on a murder mystery, we’ve got a list of apps and games you are sure to enjoy. Just don’t forget to go outdoors for a bit and take advantage of the nice summer nights… Read More

 

New Samsung Galaxy Tab S ad pans iPad for lack of multitasking

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

The iPad is no stranger to getting bashed in TV commercials—both Amazon and Microsoft have attacked the tablet over price, display quality, and productivity capabilities. And today, Samsung joins the party with its new Galaxy Tab S ad.

The spot, which went up on the Samsung Mobile YouTube channel this afternoon, is titled: ‘Do more with Samsung GALAXY Tab S – Multitasking.’ And unsurprisingly, it pans the iPad for its inability to run multiple applications at once… Read More

 

Apple spotlights Amazing Puzzle Games on sale for a limited time

By Lory Gil on Jul 11, 2014

Apple recently created a special section on the App Store to highlight a select group of top-notch puzzle games that are currently on sale. These special App Store sections are great for discovering new games to check out and this one is no different.

Below is Apple’s list of amazing puzzle games with limited time pricing. At full price, they are gems. At their sale prices, they are must-haves! Check this list out to see which ones you don’t already own and grab them before the sale ends on July 17… Read More

 

Sharp in talks with Apple to regain control of iPhone panel plant

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

Sharp is looking to regain control of its Kameyama plant back from Apple. Nikkei is reporting this afternoon that the company has proposed a deal to the Cupertino firm worth nearly $300 million, in an effort to diversify its customer base.

The Kameyama Plant No. 1 began operations in 2004 as a facility for manufacturing large panels for flat-screen TVs. But after consecutive years of profit losses, it called on Apple to help foot the bill to transition the plant to smaller panels… Read More

 

Apple offering Xcode 6 beta for free on new Swift blog

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

Apple today launched a new blog on its developer portal for its Swift programming language. The company introduced the new language at WWDC last month, and it says this will be a way to keep devs up to date on its progress.

The news is interesting for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s not like Apple to talk publicly about projects it’s working on—particularly via a blog. It’s also worth noting that it has posted a free version of its Xcode 6 beta on the site… Read More

 

TapToSnap brings LG G3-like picture taking functionality to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2014

Have you ever wanted to tap the viewfinder while in the Camera app to take a picture? LG’s flagship phone, the LG G3, includes a similar feature, but if you don’t want to go out and buy a new smartphone just to experience it, we’ve got good news.

TapToSnap is a jailbreak tweak for jailbroken iPhones that mimics the LG G3′s tap to snap feature. All you need to do is install this new jailbreak tweak, and you’ll be well on your way. Have a look at the video after the break to see it in action. Read More

 

SwipeSelection and AltKeyboard now play nice together

By Sébastien Page on Jul 11, 2014

The jailbreak community didn’t have to wait for iOS 8 to bring third-party keyboard support to iPhone and iPad. For several years now, jailbreakers have been treated to some clever keyboard tweaks to improve on the usability of the devices.

Two of these tweaks, SwipeSelection and AltKeyboard 2, somewhat overlapped each other’s functionalities when released a few months ago, forcing jailbreak users to choose either one or the other.

With both tweaks now having been updated to support each other, this issue is a thing of the past, as SwipeSelection and AltKeyboard can now run side by side properly…  Read More

 

OneThumb: a universal thumbs up/down tweak for Spotify, Pandora and iTunes Radio

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2014

OneThumb is a unique new jailbreak tweak that works with Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes Radio. It allows you to use a universal Activator gesture to input thumbs up or thumbs down ratings across all eligible apps.

Instead of having different manners and methods for curating radio stations, OneThumb brings it all under one umbrella. We’ve tested it out, and we can vouch that the tweak works exactly as it is described. Take a look at our video inside for all of the details. Read More

 

Video: ultimate torture test reveals what it takes to shatter iPhone 6′s sapphire cover glass

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

Earlier in the week, a scratch test captured on video had us marveling at the virtually indestructible sapphire-strengthened cover glass purportedly making its way to Apple’s forthcoming new iPhones.

The test, posted by YouTuber Marques Brownlee, showed scratching the protective cover with a set of keys and even a large folding knife yielded absolutely no damage. As Brownlee noted, the part’s scratch resistance and proneness to bending and twisting is beyond any smartphone cover glass you’ve ever seen.

Despite trying, Brownlee just couldn’t break the part under his own power. But anything in this world can be broken to pieces. We’re a curious bunch here at iDownloadBlog and have been wondering a lot what it’d take to push this alleged sapphire cover glass beyond the point of breaking.

I’ve just stumbled upon a torture test video which answers that question quite effectively. It’s included after the break so give it a quick watch and meet us in comments… Read More

 

For China, the iPhone location tracking feature is a “national security concern”

By Sébastien Page on Jul 11, 2014

The WSJ is out this morning with a piece based on a report recently broadcasted on the state-run China Central Television, quoting the iPhone location tracking feature as a “national security concern.” Nevermind the fact that you can turn off the feature.

As the largest market, one that is greatly untapped, China is a big bet for Apple, and just about any other company. With 6% of the Chinese smartphone market share, Apple is trailing behind the competition, most notably, Samsung, and Xiaomi, but it didn’t stop the Chinese broadcaster to make Apple the main target… Read More

 

Google Maps gains Gmail appointments and search results on map and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

As Apple continues to decrease its dependency on Google for maps in products such as the Find My iPhone service, the Internet giant keeps on adding new features to the native Google Maps iOS app in an effort to widen the gap between its own service and Apple Maps.

Today’s version 3.2 update adds a couple new features to Google Maps, starting with a new Explore section acting as your local guide that highlights different places and activities, depending on your location and time of day… Read More

 

Photoshop Express can now remove blemishes, reduce fog and haze in photos and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

Having received a major update in May adding features like new brushes, a Quick Selection tool and more, the past month or so has marked a relatively quiet period for Adobe’s Photoshop Express software for the iPhone and iPad.

But as Apple confirms ceasing development of its Mac photography software, Aperture, Adobe has renewed its commitment to the platform.

First, they’re helping Aperture customers migrate to its Lightroom software and now Adobe’s made the newly updated Photoshop Express 3.4 even more useful with such additions as blemish removal, a new DeFog tool and more… Read More

 
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