Columba: a biteSMS alternative offering Quick Compose/Reply, scheduled messages, and more

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 1, 2016

Although biteSMS is no longer supported on the latest versions of iOS, a jailbreak tweak called Columba for iOS 9 brings some of the functionality biteSMS users loved to jailbroken iOS 9 devices.

Columba for iOS 9 comes complete with Quick Compose and Quick Reply, as well as a slew of other must-have features for sending and receiving messages from your jailbroken iPhone. Read More

 

Everything you need to know about Ditto in Pokémon GO

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 1, 2016

Ditto was released in a server-side Pokémon GO update last week, and while many players have already caught the shape-shifting purple Pokémon, others are still having trouble trying to bag it for their Pokédex collection.

In this piece, we’ll talk about everything you’ll need to know about catching and using Ditto in Pokémon GO. Read More

 

Force Delete lets you delete or hide apps with a 3D Touch gesture

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 1, 2016

Force Delete is a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia that lets you utilize your 3D Touch display to delete apps from your device.

While the tweak is designed primarily for the purpose of letting you delete the apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store, the tweak can even hide system apps from your Home screen if you wanted to do that instead. Read More

 

Fitbit said to be buying Pebble for around $40 million

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Fitbit is set to acquire troubled smartwatch-maker Pebble, according to a report from The Information. The deal is said to be mainly about the company’s intellectual property and software, and will likely result in the end of Pebble hardware.

In a subsequent report, TechCrunch says a source close to the startup pegged the deal in the neighborhood of $34 to $40 million, and it will just barely cover its debts. In the past, it was rumored Pebble received offers as high as $740 million. Read More

 

Some great USB-C hubs for your new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

If you recently picked up one of Apple’s new MacBook Pros, you’re probably suffering from port shock. The laptop only includes 4 USB-C connections—the non-Touch Bar model only has 2—and chances are your current accessories and peripherals don’t support them.

An easy way to remedy this is to buy a hub. This will connect to a single USB-C port on your MacBook Pro, and provide you with various useful connections like USB 3.0, HDMI, and even an SD card reader. Below we’ve listed some great hub options for your new Mac. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with searching along route and Nearby Traffic widget

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google today pushed an update to its native Maps app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, adding a pair of new features whilst bumping version number to 4.25.0. Like with Apple Maps, Google’s app now supports searching for points of interest along your route while in navigation mode. In addition, you can also see traffic information on your Home/Lock screen and in the Notification Center with a handy new Nearby Traffic widget. Read More

 

Apple is aware of calendar spam issue and is working to fix it

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Apple on Wednesday said that it is aware of the calendar spam issue and is working to fix it. In a statement to iMore’s Rene Ritchie, a spokesperson for the company apologized for the spam calendar invites and said it’s actively working to address the issue. Read More

 

Snapseed for iOS gains white balancing tool, RAW format improvements & UI tweaks

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Google-owned Snapseed, the popular image editing app, was updated Wednesday on the App Store with a trio of improvements bringing the app’s version to 2.13. The first change tweaks the user interface to make it easier and simpler to select and change filter parameters.

The second new feature is basically the dedicated tool which got launched on Android a while ago that lets you adjust white balance of your images.

The last feature is a correction for developing RAW files with embedded color profiles. Read More

 

Apple Music to run acclaimed documentary about TR808 drum machine that changed music

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

You may be unfamiliar with it (that is, unless you were born in the 20th century), but the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer (AKA the “808”) was one of the first programmable drum machines. Unveiled in the early 1980s at $1,995, the 808 undercut significantly more expensive digital sampling machines of the time, such as the $5,000 Linn LM-1. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure creators working on Distant, a platformer focused on “elegance of movement”

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Snowman, the team that brought you the award-winning endless snowboard odyssey Alto’s Adventure, is hard at work on a major new title, Distant. It’s a brand new project that Snowman is co-developing in partnership with a talented Australian studio called Slingshot & Satchel.

As a platformer, Distant is quite a departure from Alto’s Adventure. The game is coming some time in 2017 to Macs, PCs, consoles and the fourth-generation Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple ranks highest in customer satisfaction survey for its soon-to-be discontinued wireless routers

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2016

Call it awkward, or call it ironic, but a recent J.D. Power wireless router satisfaction report put Apple at the top, with a score of 876, followed by ASUS (860), D-Link (856) and TP-Link (854). This report obviously comes at an interesting time as the company was rumored this month to be disbanding its router unit and stop developing AirPort wireless routersRead More

 

YouTube launching support for 4K live streaming in both standard and 360-degree videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

YouTube today began rolling out support for both standard and 360-degree live streaming in 4K video resolution, a change that will significantly improve visual quality of panoramic live streams. Approximately a month ago, Google added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) in 4K clips and just recently updated its Chromecast HDMI dongle with 4K video output. Read More

 

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2016

After what seems to be an eternity, Netflix has finally updated its application to allow users to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing. This will prove particularly helpful for long car or airplane rides, or just about any other situation where you might not want to put a dent in your data cap while watching your favorite episodes of Bojack Horseman when not connected to Wi-Fi.

In this simple tutorial, we will show you how you can download Netflix movies and TV episodes to watch on the go, but also how you can manage video quality and other features. Read More

 

Spark email app launches on Mac with Touch Bar support, snoozes, swipes, smart inbox & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

After more than a year of hard work, Spark for Mac is finally available on the Mac App Store. Like its iOS counterpart, the Mac app is available at no charge. Ukrainian developer Readdle has ported all the marquee features you like about Spark for iPhone and iPad over to the Mac edition, allowing you to triage your inbox, quickly see what’s important and easily clean up the rest.

The fast, well designed native app includes Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro, swipes on the trackpad, snoozing, quick replies, natural language search, unified inbox, full macOS Sierra compatibility, seamless settings sync across devices and other productivity-focused perks.

“It is created for people who live by their inbox and who want to have an amazing experience with email,” Readdle told me via email. Read More

 

Apple pushes tvOS 10.1 beta 4 for developer testing

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two weeks after tvOS 10.1 beta 3, more than three weeks following beta 2 and more than a month since beta 1, Apple on Wednesday seeded a fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 10.1 update to developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program.

tvOS 10.1 beta 4 (build 14U588) is available as an over-the-air download on Apple TVs with a prior beta and an appropriate configuration profile installed. Read More

 

DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service.

Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store. Read More

 

Cook: AirPods shipping over the “next few weeks”

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

We were originally promised the AirPods in “late October” before Apple delayed launch because, as the company explained in a statement, “we don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready.” Since then, multiple sources reported conflicting availability information pertaining to the product, ranging from end of November to year-end to January 2017.

According to an alleged reply that a MacRumors reader received after emailing Tim Cook, Apple’s first Bluetooth earphones with an in-house designed W1 wireless chip will be shipping to customers over the next few weeks. Read More

 

Netflix launches offline viewing in mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Following reports back in the summer that offline viewing would be coming to Netflix “by the end of the year,” the company said that it’s starting to roll the feature to users around the world beginning today. A new Download button appears in the mobile Netflix app on select shows that can be watched without an Internet connection, including popular shows like “Narcos,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things” and “The Crown”. Offline support for more shows will be added over time, said the firm. Read More

 

Apple to honor World AIDS Day with (PRODUCT)RED lineup, games & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day and Apple said this morning that customers can support the fight against this life-threatening, incurable disease by downloading games with limited-edition, custom (RED) content, donating money to the cause through iTunes, shopping for a lineup of (PRODUCT)RED products and accessories, listening to an exclusive (RED) holiday album from The Killers and more.

Apple is the world’s largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund, and this year marks its 10th anniversary supporting (RED) in the fight to end AIDS. Read More

 

Is watchOS 4 finally going to get the Home screen right?

By Steffen Reich on Nov 30, 2016

Much was made of Apple’s third major software overhaul for watchOS this year with Control Center and the Dock seeing the light of day, finally making for a much beefier experience on our wrists. The one other central interface of Apple Watch received no love though, meaning users are still embroiled in a love-hate relationship with their watch’s Home screen. It is easy to let patience wear thin with respect to Apple not pushing the Home screen on Watch forward, then again it took Apple more than a couple of years to refine the iPhone’s Home screen, just to put matters into perspective.

Regardless of the pace at which Apple is planning to shape up the screen accessed by pressing the crown, design and functionality changes are eventually going to take place. It’s a highly emotive topic and any watch owner will be able to raise one or two aspects they either dislike about the Home screen or wished to be fundamentally different. Personally, with the arrival of my snappier Series 2 watch, the Home screen is about the only qualm I still have with Apple’s youngest product line. So there, let me add my voice to what the Home screen in watchOS 4 needs to implement in order to catch up with the rest of the operating system.

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