Apple acquires AI startup Perceptio

By Cody Lee on Oct 5, 2015

Following news last week that Apple acquired UK-based voice technology startup VocalIQ, Bloomberg reports that the company has also recently picked up AI startup Perceptio. A spokesman for Apple has confirmed the buyout with the usual boilerplate statement of “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Read More


Review: wrist dialing is easy with Watch Keypad, an app Apple should have made

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

WatchOS 2 appeals to sausage-fingered types with its bigger, square keypad, and that’s quite cool by me, but isn’t its lack of a dialing functionality in apps like Messages and Phone quite a shame? This poses a major problem when needing to place a phone call from the wrist to a number you don’t have assigned to a contact.

Watch Keypad by Dutch developer Rob De Ruiter, as the name suggests, solves this problem in one fell swoop.

This app makes it real simple and easy to type a phone number to call from your Apple Watch, without any restrictions on contacts. I spent some quality time testing Watch Keypad and will be using a lot going forward, here’s why. Read More


What to know about ‘YiSpecter,’ new malware targeting all iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Just as all the hoopla surrounding the XcodeGhost attack appears to have died down, security researchers over at Palo Alto Networks have identified a new type of harmful malware.

Dubbed YiSpecter, it can install itself on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices and is the first iOS malware that exploit Apple’s private APIs to implement malicious functionalities.

Here’s everything you need to know about this new type of attack, what Apple is saying about the malware and what you can do in order to protect your devices from becoming infected with YiSpecter. Read More


How to keep Apple Watch display awake for 70 seconds instead of 15

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

The watchOS 2 software update allows users to extend the screen awake time of their Apple Watch from the hard-coded fifteen seconds imposed by the original Apple Watch software to the optional 70 seconds with watchOS 2.

Power users who glance at their wearable gizmo dozens, if not hundreds times per day, should use this new option sparingly as the nearly sixfold increase in screen awake time draws more juice compared to the previous, rather aggressive 15-second limit. Read More


Video, time-limited images and more coming to Facebook profiles soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Facebook is currently testing a brand new look for profile pages on mobile with a small number of iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California.

The upcoming mobile-friendly features were designed to bring Facebook profiles to life with videos, time-limited images, custom layouts and other new features coming soon to everyone, said Facebook. Read More


Apple Watch Hermès collection now available in 10 different style and size combinations

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

The Apple Watch Hermès collection, which got announced at the September 2015 media event, is now available at select retail locations in ten different style and size combinations. As first reported on by AppleInsider, sales are in-store only and unavailable online, with prices starting at $1,100.

Hermès is a Paris-based fashion label specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery and luxury goods. The company is “dedicated to serving European noblemen” though its products are renowned around the world. Read More


Tim Cook issues email to troops commemorating fourth anniversary of Steve Jobs’s death

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Steve Jobs succumbed to cancer and died of respiratory arrest on this day four years ago. To commemorate the fourth anniversary of his tragic passing, current CEO Tim Cook, whom Jobs suggested as his successor to the Board of Directors, issued a company-wide email to employees.

The message, a copy of which was obtained by The Telegraph, praises Jobs as a visionary leader, a mentor and “a dear friend.”

The internal message wraps up by suggesting that employees honor Steve by “continuing the work he started, and for remembering both who he was and what he stood for.” Read More


Adobe releases Photoshop Fix and Capture CC for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Adobe launched new services at its annual Adobe MAX creativity conference today while updating the Creative Cloud lineup and releasing a pair of brand new mobile apps: Photoshop Fix and Capture CC.

Built on the Photoshop technology, Photoshop Fix, a free download from the App Store, brings desktop tools like Liguify and Healing Brush to image editing on the go.

Capture CC, another new app available at no charge, includes functionality provided by several mobile apps like Adobe Brush, Adobe Color, Adobe Hue and Adobe Shape. Read More


Apple promises to open up universal search on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

When the new Apple TV launches toward the end of this month, it will allow viewers to use their voice to search movies and television shows across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and HBO. Fans of the device were initially concerned that the new box would offer preferential treatment to the aforesaid services. Thankfully, that won’t be the case.

As CEO Tim Cook noted in an interview this weekend with BuzzFeed News’s John Paczkowski, the new box will allow apps beyond launch partners to expose and make their content discoverable and searchable via iOS 9’s universal search feature.

It’s a crucial confirmation: content from other broadcasters and studios such as NBC, Disney and CNN must be exposed through the Apple TV’s Siri-based search if the device is to streamline the user experience. Read More


Phillips brings HomeKit support to Hue bulbs and lamps, launches HomeKit-compatible Bridge 2.0

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Keeping true to its promise of adding support for Apple’s homeKit platform to its Hue lineup of smart lights, Philips today launched a brand new Hue Bridge 2.0 with HomeKit support, bringing HomeKit compatibility to existing Hue bulbs and lamps. In addition, the new Bridge supports other connected home platforms so it’s future-proof while the original, round-shaped Bridge will continue to be supported with software updates. Read More


Apple acquires UK-based voice technology startup VocalIQ

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2015

Apple has acquired UK-based voice technology startup VocalIQ, according to a report from the Financial Times. A spokesman for the Cupertino company has confirmed the buyout with the usual boilerplate statement of “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Read More


How to quickly access Wallet and Apple Pay on the Lock screen

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

Those who have tried Apple Pay can attest that paying with your iPhone couldn’t be simpler. You just hold your device near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID to pay for the goods or services you bought.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could choose any provisioned card from your Apple Pay account on the Lock screen, without having to unlock your iPhone?

Thanks to iOS 9, you can make your purchases by double-clicking the Home button to access Wallet without unlocking your iPhone, a feature partially borrowed from the Apple Watch. You then simply choose a card and authenticate your purchase via Touch ID.

Here’s how you can enable Wallet access right from the iPhone’s Lock screen in iOS 9 with just a few taps. Read More


How to save your iPhone voicemails as notes or voice memos, or share them with others

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

If you updated your iPhone to iOS 9 or later, you have gained the ability to save voicemails as notes or voice memos, or share them directly as audio files with Messages, Mail or Airdrop.

This can prove quite useful, if you ask me. Before iOS 9, your voicemails were confined to the Phone app as there was no way to get them out of there.

In addition, saving voicemails as voice memos lets you trim the audio in the Voice Memos app before sharing them with others. Read More


AT&T delays public release of Wi-Fi Calling

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As reported by Fierce Wireless, U.S. carrier AT&T is delaying a public release of the Wi-Fi Calling feature over the decision to wait for a waiver by The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would temporarily relieve the company of having to support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Attempting to enable the feature on iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later by flipping the Wi-Fi Calling switch in Settings → Phone to the ON position yields a “Wi-Fi Calling is not yet available. It will be coming soon” message. Read More


How to enjoy Apple Music at high bitrates on mobile data connections

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

Apple Music on iOS 9 includes a new option to stream your music at high bitrates over a mobile data network at all times. As you know, Apple Music defaults to high-quality streams on Wi-Fi.

With this new toggle, you can control your cellular data usage by enabling or disabling high bitrates when streaming or downloading music over your carrier’s cellular data network. Read More


Google Photos gains people labeling and animation sharing to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As promised, the Internet giant Google today pushed an update to its Photos for iPhone and iPad app in the App Store. Bumped to version 1.4, the software has gained some of the features Google promised to enable before the end of this year. For starters, you can now label people in photos and merge face groups so they’re easier to search. Read More


Apple ‘trying to fix’ iPhone roaming charges

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

The wireless industry has been plagued with a bunch of illogical business practices, most of which were conceived to take advantage of consumers, really. On the other hand, carriers like T-Mobile have successfully exploited the sad state of the U.S. wireless industry to fix some of the most glaring customer pain points.

Apple, too, appears to have vested interest in wrestling power away from the carriers. According to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue in the British publication The Evening Standard, the Cupertino firm is now “trying to fix” one of the wireless industry’s dirtiest tactics: exorbitant roaming charges. Read More


Review: CiderTV doubles as gesture-rich Apple TV remote and volume control for your television

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

I was researching software remotes for the Apple TV the other day and stumbled upon CiderTV by Aivee Apps. But wait, doesn’t Apple’s own Remote app for the iPhone and iPad get the job done?

Er, not quite. It’s buggy, slow and just a pain in the you-know-what. I want a solution that goes beyond Remote’s basic functionality, with features like richer gestures and DLNA volume control for compatible TV sets.

That way, I wouldn’t have to constantly juggle between the tiny Apple TV remote and another one for my TV. CiderTV does just that—and then some more—and is available at no charge. Read More


How to convert units and currencies and get exchange rates with Spotlight on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

In addition to running simple math with a little help of iOS 9’s vastly improved Spotlight Search, your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad also lets you run unit and currency conversions, and get live exchange rates, right from any Home screen.

This convenient feature is another great time-saver provided by iOS 9, even more so if you resort to third-party apps for live currency conversions on the go.

With Spotlight in iOS 9, you can convert dollars to euros, feet to meters, pounds to kilograms, hectares to acres and much more, here’s how. Read More


Logitech enters home security market with ‘Logi Circle’ portable monitoring camera

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

Accessory maker Logitech is entering the home security and automation market with a new portable camera designed for home monitoring. They’re calling it the Logi Circle and it’s both portable and rechargeable.

But don’t let its friendly appearance and small footprint fool you, the Circle is no toy. This device packs in advanced features such as 2-way audio and real-time streaming of high-definition video via a companion smartphone app, Smart Filtering technology that automatically marks events you might want to take a closer look at, a 30-second video review of the past 24 hours and more. Read More

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