Twitter for iOS adds iPad keyboard shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Yesterday, Twitter’s mobile application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch added a few useful keyboard shortcuts for iPad owners, said Twitter app developer Amro Mousa. If you have an iPad connected to a third-party Bluetooth keyboard or Apple’s Smart Keyboard, Twitter for iOS now lets you use various keyboard shortcuts to quickly access some of the most frequently used options without needing to tap on-screen controls. Read More

 

Genuine-looking iPhone 7 Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

As you know, the next iPhone is expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack for wireless headphones, powered by Bluetooth, and wired ones, driven by Lightning. Now, certain sources are adamant that the handset may ship with a Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter in the box so that folks could continue using their existing audio accessories.

Today, we get another glimpse of the claimed adapter in a set of leaked images and an accompanying high-resolution video. This latest leak came on Thursday via Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn, which claims to have received the adapter from a Foxconn factory. Read More

 

Pokémon GO Plus companion wearable accessory has been delayed until September

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Pokémon GO Plus, a Bluetooth-driven wearable device that helps you catch ’em all without looking at Nintendo’s Pokémon GO augmented-reality game on your smartphone, is now set to launch in September, not late-July as previously announced. Nintendo of America tweeted news of the delay earlier this week.

“The Pokemon GO Plus accessory will now be released Sept 2016 instead of the originally expected end of July launch,” reads the announcement. Read More

 

macOS Sierra preview: Auto Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Auto Unlock, a new feature in macOS Sierra, gives you instant access to your Mac when you’re wearing an Apple Watch. As its marketing name suggest, Auto Unlock is seamless. You simply wake your Mac from sleep while wearing your watch, and boom—just like that, you’re logged in and ready to go, no password typing required. Here’s our entertaining video walkthrough of Auto Unlock and a detailed overview of the feature for those interested in its inner workings and intricacies. Read More

 

Report reiterates that Apple is working on Bragi Dash-like fully wireless EarPods

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

There’s been a lot of debate lately among Apple watchers as to whether or not the next iPhone, which the rumor-mill thinks will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and Lightning headsets, will ship with a wireless version of the EarPods headphones or one of Beats’ wireless headphones.

9to5Mac is now reiterating prior reports, saying Apple is indeed working on its own fully wireless EarPods that should resemble the Bragi Dash. Read More

 

tvOS 10 tidbit: download prompt for companion apps for your Bluetooth accessories

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

In addition to helping you manage your HomeKit accessories remotely through the fourth-generation Apple TV, tvOS 10 beta also packs in expanded support for a wider variety of Bluetooth accessories. It’s interesting that after connecting an accessory to the Apple TV, tvOS 10 puts up a prompt offering a user to download a companion App Store app.

The same hardware accessories download prompt first appeared on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch following the iOS 3 software update back in September 2009, but this is the first time we’ve seen it implemented on tvOS. Read More

 

Food for thought: is 3.5mm audio plug the new floppy drive?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Responding to Nilay Patel’s controversial article on The Verge, titled “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber pulls out the floppy drive analogy.

As you know, the next iPhone is rumored to ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning-based headphones.

Gruber goes on to compare Nilay’s arguments against removing the century-old analog jack from mobile devices to the similar arguments that had been made in response to Apple’s decision to ditch the good ol’ floppy drive from the iMac in 1998 for USB. Read More

 

Bluetooth 5 goes official with 2x speed, 4x range and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2016

As promised, Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BSIG), the organization that develops the ubiquitous short-range networking standard, of which Apple is a promoting member with voting rights, yesterday announced Bluetooth 5 at a press event in London.

Promising double the speed and four times the range of the current Bluetooth 4.x implementation, Bluetooth 5 is coming late-2016 to early-2017, BSIG said. Read More

 

Bluetooth 5 to double the speed and quadruple the range

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BSIG) is prepping to announce Bluetooth 5 next week. The next major revision of the popular short-range wireless standard will bring four times the range and two times faster data transfer than the current Bluetooth 4.2 standard, BSIG Executive Director Mark Powell said in an email to Blue Maestro, a United Kingdom health and monitoring company. The new Bluetooth standard will be formally announcement at a media event on June 16 in London. Read More

 

Bose’s new wireless headphones come with its premium noise-cancelling tech

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

Audio equipment company Bose today launched a few new wireless headphones that use its premium noise-cancelling technology. The new Bose products are arriving ahead of the iPhone 7, which is said to lose the century-old 3.5mm audio jack in favor of wireless headsets and Lightning-enabled ones.

The new QuietComfort 35 model is a successor to Bose’s popular QuietComfort 25 headphones. The QuietComfort 35 uses both Bluetooth and NFC pairing and includes Bose’s noise-cancelling tech. Read More

 

Mars is a levitating Bluetooth speaker that’s jam-packed with features

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 6, 2016

Picking the right Bluetooth speaker for your needs can be hard, especially with all the options out there.

On the more premium shelf of options out there is Mars by Crazybaby, which is a levitating Bluetooth speaker with a long list of features that we think makes it well worth the price.

In this review, we’ll talk about what the Mars is capable of and show off its features. Read More

 

Notifications not forwarding to Apple Watch? Check these likely causes

By Anthony Bouchard on May 27, 2016

It’s a nice feeling when software works as it should, but that’s not always the case. In the case of the Apple Watch, notifications that are supposed to be tapping on your wrist may not work when you expect them to.

If you’re having problems with your Apple Watch not receiving the notifications your iPhone is putting out, then you’ll want to follow the steps in this piece to troubleshoot what’s going on and fix the problem. Read More

 

How to use your iPhone as a mouse or trackpad

By Anthony Bouchard on May 5, 2016

Your iOS devices have some of the best touch screens out there. As a matter of fact your iPhone screen makes for a great mouse, or trackpad.

The idea of using iOS devices as a trackpad for your computer isn’t new, but Mobile Mouse Remote is a great app that provides this kind of functionality with ease of use in mind. It even packs some useful bonus features.

If you’re interested in this kind of functionality for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, then this is something you’re going to want to check out. Read More

 

Airplane Enhancer+ takes iPhone battery preservation to the extreme

By Anthony Bouchard on May 3, 2016

Airplane Mode is a feature built into your iOS devices that makes your devices airplane friendly by disabling all the wireless radios that could be a nuisance to on-board plane equipment, but it can also be used to increase your battery life.

Since the wireless radios are put to rest when your device’s Airplane Mode option is enabled, you’ll burn through less battery on a single charge with the feature turned on, and this is basically the idea behind a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Airplane Enhancer+. Read More

 

Molar: an immersive Bluetooth keyboard shortcut tweak for jailbroken devices

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 12, 2016

Using a Bluetooth keyboard with your iOS device is not unheard of, especially with the much more powerful iPad Pro that Apple is dubbing a true mobile competitor for notebook computers. Unfortunately, what Apple lets you do with them is quite limited.

A new jailbreak tweak called Molar is now available in Cydia for $1.99 that gives your iOS device a plethora of Bluetooth keyboard controls that stock iOS device users could only dream of having.

In this review, we’ll talk about what Molar allows you to do on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. Read More

 

Many iPhone SE users complain about audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

As evidenced by a growing thread on the Apple Support Communities, many owners of the new iPhone SE smartphone are plagued with various Bluetooth issues.

Folks are reporting distorted or inaudible calls when the handset is paired with a car or headset.

These issues appear to only affect Bluetooth phone calls, not music playback. Apple had not commented on this problem at post time. Read More

 

MacID price drops 75% in the App Store for a limited time

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

MacID, the popular app for iPhone and iPad that lets you use Touch ID or your Apple Watch (and yes, even your Pebble) to unlock your Mac over a Bluetooth connection, is on sale in the App Store this week for 75% off the usual price.

The app received an important update over the weekend with support for new features found in iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, giving users the ability to configure multiple Apple Watches with MacID and use them to unlock their Mac.

Marked at just $0.99 for a limited time, you can grab MacID and start using your iOS device’s Touch ID sensor or Apple Watch to unlock your Mac instead of typing in a password each time it locks itself. Read More

 

MacID update adds multi-Apple Watch support, improved battery life, pairing reliability, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 25, 2016

The popular MacID app for iOS and OS X has received an update on Friday that adds support for new features in the newly-released watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3 firmware.

MacID has been made popular for its ability to unlock Mac computers with Touch ID or from an interactive notification on the wrist of the app’s user by way of their Apple Watch, rather than having to type a pasword to unlock the Mac from a sleep.

Version 1.3.3 of MacID is now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Apple Watches, and version 1.3.3 of MacID for the Mac is available from the developer’s website. Read More

 

tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More

 

Google launches experimental hands-free payments app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2016

Hands Free, a new Google app for iOS and Android, allows you to pay for in-store purchases without even pulling a smartphone out of your pocket. The Internet giant said that they’re piloting the new app so for the time being it’s available to South Bay residents.

Those who would test the app shall be treated to up to $5 off their first Hands Free purchase at participating stores, which include a small number of McDonald’s, Papa John’s and local eateries in the area. Read More

 
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