LockGlyph updates result in a significantly better Lock screen tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2014

LockGlyph, a tweak that we reviewed last month, was met with a ho-hum response due to some of its shortcomings. It’s a tweak that brings the Apple Pay authentication animation and sound to the Lock screen. It was slow, a little clunky, and lacked many of the customization options necessary to make it great. However, some recent updates have quickly changed the perception of this jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 8.1.2 with fix for missing ringtone bug and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2014

Apple has released iOS 8.1.2 this afternoon with a handful of bug fixes and other improvements. Specifically, the release notes say the update addresses an issue where ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store may have disappeared from users’ devices.

You can access the new firmware over the air via Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes by connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer. But as usual, we recommend that users who are jailbroken, or plan to jailbreak, avoid the update for now.
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With new Password Changer feature, Dashlane can change all your passwords at once

By Sébastien Page on Dec 9, 2014

Password manager Dashlane introduced today Password Changer, a new feature that allows you to change all your passwords at once, including accounts secured by two-factor authentication. Powered by Dashlane’s recent acquisition of startup PassOmatic came up with the core technology, the feature, that is just entering beta, currently works with about 70 different websites, including Apple, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, but will open up to more sites in the future. Read More

 

Cut the Rope’s Om Nom is getting its own virtual pet app next Thursday

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

As noted by TouchArcade, Om Nom, the cutesy protagonist of the Cut the Rope series of puzzle games, is getting its own virtual pet app soon. Developer ZeptoLabs is reportedly aiming to release the forthcoming virtual pet simulator app in the App Store as soon as next week.

You’ll be expected to attend to your candy-loving monster’s daily needs by playing with him, feeding him sweeties, keeping him happy and more. Read More

 

Apple TV gains revamped YouTube app with ads, Dailymotion and other new channels

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

As first noted by Re/code, Apple’s $99 streaming box is getting a flurry of new channels today, including a redesigned YouTube app that for the first time shows ads on the platform which cannot be skipped.

It brings Apple’s device on par with other platforms that have been enjoying YouTube with personalized recommendations, predictive search and all the videos for quite some time now.

In addition to the refreshed YouTube appearance with improved functionality, the set-top box has gained a set of four new channels, including Dailymotion, a video-sharing website owned by French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange. Read More

 

4K movies and TV shows arrive to Prime subscribers via Amazon Instant Video

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

Joining Netflix which offers 4K (or Ultra HD) video and video sharing websites like Google’s YouTube and Vimeo that offer streaming in 4K resolution, Amazon on Tuesday said its Prime subscribers can stream select television shows and movies in the high-quality 4K picture resolution.

These Ultra HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra HD smart TVs, including models from LG, Samsung and Sony, with more added next year.

The online retail giant did not say when Prime customers can expect to stream 4K content through mobile Instant Video apps. Read More

 

Apple building massive R&D center in Japan

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

In addition to its existing research and development centers in Israel, Taiwan and Shanghai, Apple is now looking to build another facility in Japan, Reuters reported Tuesday. The “cutting-edge” R&D center was confirmed by Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

The facility “will be formally announced soon,” he told local media, as confirmed by the Jiji and Kyodo News. Read More

 

Big media wants to make Steve Jobs deposition video public

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

A videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, recorded in 2011 shortly before his passing and played during the iPod class-action lawsuit, could be made public if news organizations such as The Associated Press, CNN and Bloomberg succeed in proving that releasing the two-hour video is in public interest, CNET reported Tuesday.

And boy would it be interesting to watch Jobs make a series of snarky comments. Asked whether he had heard of Real Networks, Apple’s late co-founder asked “Do they still exist?” All told, he responded 74 times with “I don’t remember,” “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall.” Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 059: Entering hypocrite territory

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

Episode 59: A talk about our experience using Firefox. The ethics of using a family member’s cable login. A discussion of our favorite food apps. Why we’ve given up on using third-party keyboards. The rumored 4 inch iPhone. Fitting an iPhone 6 Plus in a jeans pocket. Reading iTunes reviews of the podcast. Three crazy-awesome jokes.

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How to change the iPhone 6 Reachability background color

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

ColorReachability is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows iPhone 6 users to switch up the color of their Reachablity background. Reachability, as you’ve no doubt heard, allows users of large screen devices like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to shift down the iOS interface so that it can be efficiently used with one hand. If you find Reachability’s look to be too boring and pedestrian, ColorReachability can go a long way towards changing that. Read More

 

Apple Watch UI tweak ‘Aeternum’ receives a huge update

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

Aeternum, arguably the best Apple Watch UI jailbreak tweak available on Cydia, received a massive update today. The update brings lots of fixes and several notable new features to the table. If you purchased Aeternum the past, but felt it wasn’t ready for prime time, you may want to check it out again now that it’s received its notable 1.0.2.3 update. Read More

 

Switchability: an upcoming tweak that combines Reachability, the App Switcher, and Safari’s 3D tab view

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

A new upcoming jailbreak tweak promises to combine multiple iOS features into a cool new app switching interface called Switchability. The tweak, which is previewed inside on video, combines the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability mode along with the App Switcher and Safari’s 3D tab view. The result of such a combination may seem like it would be a mess, but after seeing it demonstrated in the preview video, I think it might just work. Read More

 

Blizzard launches ‘Goblins vs Gnomes’ expansion for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Games maker Blizzard on Monday unleashed its long-expected ‘Goblins vs Gnomes’ expansion pack for the popular card trading RPG game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

In addition to as many as 120 new cards and a Spectator mode allowing third-parties to watch game matches, the expansion brings out a new Mech minion type, both neutral and class-specific and allows you to control these powerful Mechs with special weapons and volatile abilities. Read More

 

Bose products could be back in Apple Stores next week

By Sébastien Page on Dec 8, 2014

After removing all Bose products from both its online and physical retail stores mid-October, Apple could apparently put them back on the shelves next week. This information comes from reliable French site iGen, which cites trustworthy sources at Apple: “Bose products could make a come back in Apple Stores as soon as next week. A few stores have received Bose products to build inventory with directions to get ready for their return on shelves next week,” wrote Nicolas Furno for iGen. Read More

 

Facebook launches Graph Search on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Facebook on Monday confirmed that it’s at last gearing up to launch Graph Search in its mobile application for the iPhone and iPad this week following what has turned to be an incredibly extensive period of testing.

Tapping Facebook’s vast database, Graph Search uses natural language queries to surface content information from within a user’s network of friends that would be impractical or impossible using the standard and fairly limited search feature.

Another way to describe Open Graph: this tremendously powerful tool makes it easy and fun to explore the world through the eyes of your friends. Read More

 

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect game coming soon to iOS

By Sébastien Page on Dec 8, 2014

As a big fan of the FX series Sons of Anarchy, I’m pretty excited to learn that Fox Digital Entertainment has partnered with game studio Orpheus Interactive to work on the development of an interactive game titled Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect. Previously teased by SOA creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter, the first episode of the game should make its way to iOS early 2015. Read More

 

Legendary Grim Fandango adventure has been remastered, coming to Mac in January

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Grim Fandango, the legendary neo-noir adventure game that LucasArts released back in 1998 for Windows, with Tim Schafer as the game’s project leader, is getting a thorough makeover soon. This classic dark comedy style game made history as the first LucasArts’ adventure to use 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre-rendered backgrounds.

According to DoubleFine Productions, Tim Schaffer’s publishing company established in July 2000 after his departure from LucasArts, the game will be launching next year on January 27 across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Mac and Linux.

Featuring revamped graphics optimized for today’s high-resolution screens, Grim Fandango Remastered sticks to the original vision. The game takes place in an afterworld called the Land of the Dead, through which recently departed souls must travel before they reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld. Read More

 

Control up to five Bluetooth devices with the Satechi wireless keyboard

By Jim Gresham on Dec 8, 2014

Apple only produces a small wireless keyboard, which is frustrating for users that require the benefits of a full sized option. Using an Apple wireless keyboard for home use is usually manageable. However, using a reduced keyboard in the office is more of a struggle. The lack of a number pad is extremely complicated when entering digit data and the like.

Why Apple is yet to produce a full size, Bluetooth keyboard is beyond understanding. Third party companies are starting to enter the space with designs that compliment Macs. For several years, Logitech and other companies offered wireless keyboards, but they are bulky and clash with Apple’s aesthetic. Satechi’s Wireless Smart Keyboard is filling the gap. Read More

 

How to create animated GIFs out of burst photos

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

BurstGIF is a brand new jailbreak tweak that lets users convert burst photos into animated GIFs. Since burst photos capture large sequences of photos within a short time span, they are perfect candidates for GIF animations. BurstGIF isn’t without its shortcomings, but it’s one of the best options for converting your burst photography into animated masterpieces.  Read More

 

App Recap: Facebook’s Graph Search launches on iPhone, MasterCard’s Apple Pay ad and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

App Recap welcomes you to Monday. Our daily column that helps make sense of the latest iPhone, iPad and Mac apps, games and media on iTunes is back with tons of goodies, discounts, software news and more.

We also feature a new Apple Pay television commercial by MasterCard featuring Gwen Stefani and a huge update to Paper by Fifty-Three while casting spotlight on a holiday-themed update to The Sims FreePlay and the latest Star Wars: Commander refresh that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Read More

 
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