Hours after the BigBoss repo endured an outage, ModMyi is experiencing similar problems

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 20, 2015

In what appears to be a coincidence, the popular ModMyi repo now appears to be suffering from an outage. This comes just hours after the BigBoss repo waded through extended downtime.

When trying to refresh the ModMyi repo from the Sources tab in Cydia, it hangs and never actually refreshes. Trying to download a tweak from the repo results in a black screen with an eventual timeout—just like what happened with the BigBoss repo yesterday.

Like I said, it could be just a coincidence, but I have to admit that the timing of these two outages is a little odd. Both ModMyi and BigBoss rarely suffer from extended downtime, so it’s weird to see them both suffering from similar outages back to back like this. Read More

 

Apple bringing its watch to more retail outlets in France

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

The Apple Watch will be available in some additional locations in France beginning tomorrow, August 21, French blog iPhoneAddict reported Thursday.

In addition to Apple’s own brick-and-mortar and online stores which have been carrying the device in the country since its April 24 unveiling, customers in Paris will be able to pick up the device through the Fnac online store and its flagship retail outlet at the famous Champs Elysées. Read More

 

Sharp and Foxconn rumored to build and assemble touch modules for iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

The plot is thickening following yesterday’s analyst report that Apple’s larger-screened iPad is entering mass production in September and October and recent sightings of an unreleased “iPad6,8” model with a screen resolution of 2,732-by-2,048 pixels in commercial app analytics data.

According to Asian trade publication DigiTimes, Japanese giant Sharp and Foxconn, the world’s top product assembler, will be supplying touch modules for the larger iPad, tentatively dubbed by the press the iPad Pro. Read More

 

Keep your iPhone 6 charged at a distance with Bolse’s Cloth Jacketed Lightning Cable

By Lory Gil on Aug 20, 2015

There are two things wrong with Apple’s Lightning cable. One is that the cord is just not long enough to be useful. The other is that it tends to tangle when not properly stored.

Bolse solves both of those problems with a six-foot MFi certified cord that is covered in a high-quality nylon jacket so you can plug your iPhone 6 into the wall and still use it while sitting on the couch. Read More

 

Good deal: Jarv Nmotion PRO Bluetooth Earbuds for $30

By iDB Deals on Aug 20, 2015

Are you sick of tangled wires and muddy-sounding beats? Solve both problems with the Jarv Nmotion PRO Bluetooth Earbuds. With matching faultless Bluetooth playback in crystal clear clarity, the sounds of Summer have never been better. Save 57% and get them for only $29.99.

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Final Fantasy VII is now available for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

Final Fantasy VII, the legendary Japanese RPG that first launched on the original PlayStation back in 1997, is now available for download from the App Store for $15.99. It’s been called one of the most influential RPGs of all time, and now it’s available in handheld form as a universal app for iPhone and the iPad.

It’s been a long time coming for this release. Back in October 2013, Square Enix director Takashi Tokita stated that such a release could be “years away” citing storage space limitations. Well, it’s August 2015, and the game is just now arriving, so he wasn’t too far off the mark… Read More

 

BIM: a new jailbreak tweak that lets you view links without leaving the Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

I’ve always lived by the idea that simple jailbreak tweaks make the best jailbreak tweaks, and BIM is the perfect example of that. BIM is a tweak that lends a convenient web browsing experience directly inside of the stock Messages app.

When someone sends you a link, tapping on it will open a web browser directly inside the Messages app. This means that you can check out the links sent to you quickly without needing to leave the Messages app for Safari. Read More

 

Review: Sennheiser ClipMic digital and Apogee MetaRecorder

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

As many of you guys know, I’m fairly involved in audio and video when it comes to producing content for iDownloadBlog. As someone who co-produces multiple podcasts each week, I’m especially fond of audio, and any new product that surfaces that could possibly give my audio game a boost is on my radar.

One such product is Sennheiser’s new ClipMic digital ($199 on Amazon). It’s a lavalier mic that connects directly to the iPhone via its MFi certified Lightning connector. With the ClipMic digital, you can basically transform your iPhone into a high quality audio recorder… Read More

 

Samsung to appeal to Supreme Court in Apple patent case

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

As expected, Samsung is taking its patent battle with Apple to the United States Supreme Court. The San Jose Mercury News points to a new court filing from the company, which voices its intent to ask the Supreme Court to hear its case.

In 2012, Samsung was found guilty of infringing on multiple Apple patents and was ordered to pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages. That amount has since been cut in half, but Samsung is hoping to get the sum further reduced. Read More

 

No, it’s not just you, the BigBoss repo is currently down

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

If you’ve recently tried to install a tweak hosted on the BigBoss repo, then you’ve probably encountered issues doing so. It’s not something wrong with your phone, or with your Internet connection. The BigBoss repo is currently down, and have been for at least 45 minutes. Read More

 

Samsung posts teaser for upcoming ‘Gear S2′ Apple Watch competitor

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

During its big Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge+ event last week, Samsung showed off a video teaser of its upcoming Apple Watch competitor, the Gear S2. For folks who missed the keynote, the clip is now available on the company’s Mobile YouTube channel.

We can glean quite a bit from the video. The Gear S2 will have a round watch face, similar to the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, with round icons and other UI elements to match. It also looks like it will feature heart rate and fitness tracking capabilities. Read More

 

20 recently released jailbreak tweaks for iOS 8.4

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that jailbreaking doesn’t seem to be slowing down much, despite the just-released iOS 8.4.1. Jailbreak developers are still putting out tweaks at a blistering clip, as evident by our tweaks of the week post this weekend.

Just in case you may be a little behind on what’s new, we’re showcasing 20 recently released jailbreak tweaks in less than five minutes. Watch this video for a quick refresher of what’s recently been put on Cydia, and remember, this is just a portion of the releases to land over the last few weeks. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 7 to developers

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Apple on Wednesday released the seventh OS X El Capitan beta to developers. The new build is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center.

Today’s update comes just over two weeks after Apple pushed out the sixth beta of OS X El Capitan, and well over two months after its initial release in early June during Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption rate slowing down ahead of iOS 9, now sits at 86 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

Our tracking of iOS 8 adoption rates continues with the newest update from the App Store dashboard indicating that the company’s mobile operating system is now powering an impressive 86 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, as measured by the App Store on August 17, 2015.

iOS 7 continues to account for thirteen percent of iOS devices, with older iOS versions continuing to scrape out a mere two percent. A month ago, iOS 8 adoption stood at the 85 percent mark and iOS 7 comprised thirteen percent of iOS hardware in the wild.
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Parallels Desktop 11 with support for El Capitan and Windows 10 now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

In addition to running newly-released Windows 10 natively on your Mac in dual-boot mode through Boot Camp 6, you can now enjoy Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system alongside OS X using the popular virtualization solution, Parallels Desktop.

In its latest incarnation that was released earlier today, Parallels Desktop 11 brings full support for Windows 10 features like Cortana and experimental support for Macs running OS X El Capitan. Read More

 

iTranslate updated with keyboard extension and Apple Watch support

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Sonico pushed out an update for its iTranslate app today, bringing the iOS client to version 8.4. The software, which is regarded as one of the best translation apps in the App Store, now comes with a keyboard extension and proper Apple Watch Glance.

The keyboard extension is particularly significant, since it can be used in most iOS 8-compatible apps. So now, instead of having to open the iTranslate app to make a translation, you can do it on the fly in WhatsApp, Mail or your favorite Twitter client. Read More

 

Apple Watch’s scratch-resistant sapphire coating is sourced from Russia

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

Apple’s partnership with the now bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies has crashed spectacularly, but that didn’t stop the Cupertino firm from seeking out alternative sapphire suppliers for the coating on the stainless steel Apple Watch’s screen. And it’s found out in Russia, the country’s Sputnik News newspaper reported Wednesday. Read More

 

Looks like WhatsApp Web has at last begun rolling out to iPhone users

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

WhatsApp introduced its web app in January 2015 and it’s since added compatibility for all major mobile and desktop platforms sans iOS.

While the web application works on Windows PCs and Android devices without a hiccup, mobile and desktop Safari versions were unsupported as WhatsApp did not update its iPhone app with a barcode scanning option.

Now some users are seeing the new option in WhatsApp for iPhone, meaning they can visit web.whatsapp.com in a browser and authorize access by scanning a QR code within WhatsApp for iPhone. Read More

 

Elemental composition of iPhone 6s shell points to a significantly stronger Bendgate-proof body

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

The upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ phones are expected to use a stronger 7000 Series aluminum body. A custom alloy designed for the Apple Watch Sport, 7000 Series aluminum is sixty percent stronger than standard aluminum alloys and just as light.

An elemental composition analysis of a claimed iPhone 6s shell performed by MacRumors gives us a deeper insight into the next iPhones’ Bendgate-proof body.

For starters, the claimed part showed high iron levels of around eight percent on average. Not only does using iron enhance durability but makes the material easier to work with during the casting process. Read More

 

iPad Pro with 2,732-by-2,048 screen reportedly appears in iOS app analytics

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

The so-called iPad Pro is indeed real and rocks a 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution screen as previously indicated, analytics firm AppSee said Wednesday. The firm captured the device’s identifier in user logs: the iPad Pro identified itself as “iPad6,8.”

The first number designates a major hardware refresh and the second one variations within a generation.

By comparison, the iPad Air 2 model identifiers are “iPad5,3” and ”iPad5,4” for their respective Wi-Fi and cellular editions. Read More

 
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