Apple providing businesses with Apple Pay stickers for promotion

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

In an effort to drive support from businesses, Apple has updated the Apple Pay section of its website with a link to a new Apple Pay supplies website. The website, aimed at businesses and merchants, provides an Apple Pay decal that can be displayed on a storefront window.  Read More

 

Twitter testing autoplay ads on iPhone, iPad apps for some users

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Taking a page out of Facebook’s playbook, Twitter has begun testing autoplaying videos on the timelines of a small group of users, AdAge first spotted. With the test, you may see videos playing without tapping a play button – and this means ads, too.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the test that’s occurring on Twitter’s iPhone and iPad apps. The autoplay test applies to Promoted Video ads, along with videos uploaded through Twitter’s mobile app through its new video service.  Read More

 

Last chance to get 77% off 3 years of Anonymizer VPN, ending tonight

By iDB Deals on Mar 23, 2015

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For $55 you get 3 years hassle-free protection for up to 5 separate devices.  That’s 77% off the normal price of $240, and less than $4 per-device, per-year. But you’ve got to act fast if you want to take advantage of this deal, as it ends at 11:59pm PST tonight. Read More

 

Instagram releases photo collage app Layout

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

Facebook-owned Instagram on Monday announced a brand new mobile application called Layout, dedicated to making interesting photo collages.

Layout from Instagram is rolling out today for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The app will be available as a free download in the App Store. Currently only available for iOS, Layout will be available for Android in the coming months. Read More

 

Apple seeds fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta for developers and public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday, available to download for registered developers and public AppleSeed beta testers. The beta, carrying build number 14D113c, is available to download via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store or from the Mac Developer Center. Read More

 

Twitter prepping Foursquare tagging in tweets

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

You will be soon able to tag specific locations in tweets thanks to an expanded Foursquare integration, the micro-blogging platform announced in a tweet Monday.

“We’re working with Foursquare so you can tag specific locations in tweets,” reads the message. The new features is “coming soon,” added the firm.

Currently, users can add additional location context to their tweeting by adding a general location label, such as “SoMa, San Francisco,” to their tweets using Twitter for Android, Twitter for iOS, twitter.com or other mobile apps. Read More

 

Facebook readying Phone app, may turn Messenger into a platform

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

Facebook wants to be more than just a social network. The company has been working on a dedicated Phone mobile app and is considering moves to turn its standalone mobile Messenger service into a platform of its own, according to web reports Monday. The dedicated Phone app would show rich information about callers and automatically block calls from commonly blocked numbers.

As for enhancing Messenger, this could entail adding features beyond exchanging media and instant messages, like bringing news and way richer content sharing to the service.

We’ll know for sure next week at Facebook’s F8 conference, an annual gathering for Facebook developers where the company usually announce major platform advancements and new services. Read More

 

Eric Schmidt: Google Glass isn’t dead, being ‘made ready for users’

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Following the shut down of the Google Glass Explorer program and the reorganization of the Google Glass team, some theorized Google Glass may be dead. However Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, says the Google Glass technology is too fundamental for Google to end the project.  Read More

 

Fitbit Surge gains bike-tracking, multi device support announced

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

Monday, fitness tracker maker Fitbit took pre-emptive steps ahead of Apple Watch launch next month, giving its fitness bands new features.

The company announced a new outdoor bike-tracking feature on its $249 Surge fitness tracker. In addition, it rolled out multi-tracker support allowing users to easily switch between multiple Fitbit models throughout the day. Multi-band support allows Fitbit fans to register up to six fitness trackers in their Fitbit account, one of each model.

The system then automatically pings the user when she or he switches trackers. Read More

 

Apple praises ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ biography, calls it ‘better than anything else we’ve seen’

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple is throwing itself behind the latest biography to tell the life of late co-founder Steve Jobs, ahead of its release on Tuesday. “Becoming Steve Jobs” by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli has elicited a response from Apple’s often-quiet press team, as to why it chose to provide interview access for the completion of the book. Read More

 

New Apple Wireless keyboard with backlit keys appears on Apple’s online store

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

An updated version of Apple’s wireless keyboard appeared on Apple’s Czech Republic online store on Monday, most notably packing a backlit keyboard.

Apple hasn’t updated the product description noting the backlit feature, however the F5 and F6 keys indicate dimming and brightening functionality like found on Apple’s laptop line. The keys have also seen a slight redesign, and the CD eject button has been replaced with a power button.  Read More

 

Hacker creates a software-only brute force tool for jailbroken devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 23, 2015

Well-known iOS jailbreak developer and hacker Majd Alfhaily was intrigued when read about MDSec’s black box hardware brute force for iOS devices. The tool, which runs over a USB connection, tries every possible passcode combination in an attempt to unlock an iPhone secured with a simple passcode.

The downside of such a tool, is that each PIN entry takes approximately 40 seconds, so it could take more than 110 hours to brute force an iPhone. Majd, being the curious person that he is, devised a way to do it in a fraction of the time using only software. The only caveat, if you even want to call it that given what it does, is that the device must be able to run unsigned code, i.e., the device must be jailbroken. Read More

 

Apple reportedly having issues making Apple Watch’s screen

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple is having issues manufacturing the 1.5-inch AMOLED screen for the Apple Watch, and as a result, has cut initial production and shipment targets in half, according to UDN Mobile.

Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain, the Taiwanese publication says Apple has cut shipments from between 2.5 to 3 million units to between 1.25 and 1.5 million units.  Read More

 

Apple Watch on fashion shoot in Australia, Steve Wozniak buying Sport edition

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

The Apple Watch tour of the world’s top fashion and lifestyle magazines continues with a fashion debut Down Under in the form of a multi-page style guide in the latest April issue of women magazine Elle Australia.

The featured article has the publication’s in-house fashion editor Sara Smith sharing tips for making the Watch work in women’s wardrobe.

Meanwhile, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has chimed in with his thoughts on the device, saying he’ll be opting for an entry-level Apple Watch Sport model. Read More

 

rop: will this unforgiving puzzle game rope you in?

By Josh Gallagher on Mar 23, 2015

There is no shortage of puzzle games available on the App Store, and it is becoming harder and harder for them to distinguish themselves from the pack. MildMania’s rop seeks to do so with a stark design philosophy and some of the most difficult and satisfying puzzles I have seen on an Apple device. This game isn’t an instant recommendation though, as those silky smooth puzzles come with some very rough edges. Read More

 

Magenta Arcade review: tap to destroy everything in this mobile vertical shooter

By Lory Gil on Mar 23, 2015

Vertical shooters are a lot of fun and some of my favorite types of games. The Raiden series is always in my iPad games folder. I enjoy the fast-paced action and all out attack from the top of the screen.

Magenta Arcade is a vertical shooter that takes place in a fantasy world where you are a god granting wishes to your people. When disaster strikes, you must retaliate with an unceasing blast of firepower on the enemy. We’ve got a game review of Magenta Arcade for you right now. Read More

 

New TinyUmbrella 8.2.0.41 beta released

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

TinyUmbrella, the tool that allows users to save SHSH blobs to be used for potential downgrades, has received another update. As we reported a few weeks ago, TinyUmbrella has made a significant comeback, and its developer, semaphore, is hopeful that downgrades to iOS firmware will be a real thing in the not so distant future.

With this in mind, semaphore is continuing to improve TinyUmbrella, and this latest beta version contains numerous fixes and iterative enhancements. If you still haven’t saved your SHSH blobs, I advise you to stop what you’re doing, download TinyUmbrella, and do so today. Read More

 

How to get a 3D dock on OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Do you miss OS X’s 3D dock? OS X Yosemite finally did away with the 3D dock that’s been present since the release of OS X Leopard, but you can get it back by using a simple application called cDock.

cDock includes, among a host of other features, the ability to theme the dock with over a dozen built-in themes. There are night themes, fullscreen themes, pink themes, and, of course, 3D themes. If you’ve been reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”, then you can easily relive the past with this handy little application. Read More

 

DockWare for iOS 8 brings enhanced dock features to the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Looking to add special enhancements to the dock on your iPhone? If so, then look no further than DockWare for iOS 8. The follow up to the original DockWare for iOS 7 devices, the sequel brings the ability to access the dock while within apps, hide the dock while on the Home screen, and invoke the dock using a handy Activator gesture. Read More

 

Siri can’t wait for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015

Jokers as they are, Apple engineers have included Siri in the company’s meticulous preparations for April’s arrival of the Apple Watch, if the responses the voice assistant is giving to Watch related queries are anything to go by.

As first spotted Sunday by French enthusiast blog iGen.fr, asking Siri about the Watch’s release date or simple stuff like what she’s doing yields some funny responses and amusing remarks concerning the highly anticipated wearable gizmo. Read More

 
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