Pioneer releases aftermarket CarPlay systems, Spotify updated with CarPlay support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2014

A pair of CarPlay-related news reports is making the rounds this morning, one confirming the official release of the first aftermarket CarPlay systems from Pioneer and the other announcing an updated Spotify application for the iPhone and iPad with built-in support for Apple’s in-car platform.

As announced back in April, CarPlay is now available as a software update for Pioneer’s existing 2014 in-dash multimedia systems, the $1400 AVIC-8000NEX, $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, $900 AVIC-6000NEX, $750 AVIC-5000NEX and the $700 AVH-4000NEX systems.

The company also announced a new $600 smartphone receiver, AppRadio 4, with CarPlay compatibility. Read More

 

First Ferrari FF models with CarPlay hit the roads

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2014

Ferrari on Monday started delivering its new Ferrari FF model with CarPlay integration to early adopters, becoming the first commercially available vehicle on the roads with native support for Apple’s in-car system, previously known as ‘iOS in the Car’. CarPlay is also available for older vehicles as an aftermarket solution from the likes of Alpine and Pioneer.

The $300,000 sports car with a 6.3-liter V12 engine provides a cool 651 horsepower and takes you from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 second (top speed: 208 miles per hour). CarPlay integration in the Ferrari FF includes the familiar features like voice-guided navigation, Siri, music playback, voice controls, messaging, phone calls and more. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger update prevents scammers from racking up your phone bill

By Jake Smith on Aug 25, 2014

Facebook has begun rolling out an important update to its Facebook Messenger application on Monday, after it was found the app was susceptible to a security flaw forcing users’ iPhones to place expensive calls automatically – racking up a large bill.

Developer Andrei Neculaesei was first to identify the issue last week, saying scammers use the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme called ”tel” to trigger a call without a user knowing. Usually clicking on a link containing a phone number will take a user to Safari and then prompt them to confirm the call. However, apps like Facebook Messenger, Google+, Gmail, and FaceTime, make the call without asking the user. Read More

 

How to rename your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

You may have seen Sebastien’s quick tutorial explaining how to change your Mac computer’s name so you can recognize it easily when using AirDrop, or simply when looking for it on the local network.

It’s a little known fact that you can just as easily change the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Choosing a custom name for your device helps keep it distinguishable from other devices you may own in iTunes and when using services like Find My iPhone.

Obviously, this is a tutorial for beginners as power users are probably aware how to do this. Regardless of your level of expertise, this how-to serves as a nice reminder to check and maybe choose a proper name for your device other than the default name iOS assigns to it after a restore or on first use… Read More

 

Timeful is a personal assistant dressed up as a calendar

By Jake Underwood on Aug 9, 2014

In the midst of our hectic lives, most of us still manage to find time to use our cell phones. We may sneak in a quick glance at the news or play a little game here and there, but for many of us, our cell phones provide more entertainment than productivity.

Timeful is a calendar app that attempts to make managing a schedule and creating new to-dos and habits effortless. How does it perform at this daunting task? Read on for a full review… Read More

 

The best jailbreak tweaks for the Music app on iOS 7

By Alihassan Mahdi on Jul 26, 2014

If you’re a big fan of music, you might be interested in taking a look at a list of top jailbreak tweaks that will spice up your stock Music app and allow you to customize it. Although the Music app in iOS 7 has a sleek design and offers most of the features a user might want, there are many tweaks available in Cydia that give you more control over this stock app and enhance your music listening experience. This is why we have compiled a list of the best jailbreak tweaks that will boost your Music appRead More

 

BetterWiFi7 adds more functionality to your device’s Wi-Fi settings

By Alihassan Mahdi on Jul 25, 2014

There is plenty of Wi-Fi related tweaks available in Cydia such as CleverPin or Vestigo, but if you want to go a step further and add more new functionality to your iOS Wi-Fi preferences, you may want to try out a new jailbreak tweak called BetterWiFi7.

BetterWiFi7 improves the functionality of your device and gives you more control over your Wi-Fi networks list by providing you a bunch of new options and displaying more information about the nearby networks… Read More

 

Volkswagen to embed CarPlay in 2016 VW models

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is in talks with Apple on bringing CarPlay to its 2016 lineup, according to a new report. This is an important development as Volkswagen, itself notably absent in Apple’s press release announcing CarPlay, files as the biggest German automaker and the second largest automaker in the world.

According to a source with knowledge of the discussions, a formal announcement is expected in the coming months… Read More

 

Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 90% of compatible devices

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Apple has updated its App Store support page for developers this week to reflect new information regarding iOS 7 adoption. According to the company’s usage data, the latest versions of its OS are running on 90% of iOS devices accessing the App Store.

That’s just a small jump from Apple’s report a few months ago, where it claimed iOS 7 adoption had reached 87% of compatible devices. But it’s still impressive given what the adoption rate looks like for competitors, and how hard it is to move the needle… Read More

 

Apple responds to Chinese media warning against iPhone location tracking

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2014

Last week, China’s state-run China Central Television broadcasted a report that labeled the iPhone as a “national security concern.” More specifically, the CCTV criticized the “frequent locations” function in iOS 7, which records time and location for the owner’s movements.

Yesterday, Apple issued an official response to the report on its Chinese website. The statement reaffirms the company’s commitment to privacy, and states that the Location Services found in the iOS firmware are only used to help users for activities that require navigation… Read More

 

Audi CarPlay rollout: 2015 models in Europe, North American vehicles in 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2014

Yesterday, luxury car maker Audi announced it’ll be integrating both Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto automotive software platforms into the Multimedia Interface for its premium lineup of vehicles. Today, the German car maker shared additional details pertaining to both the feature and the roll-out timeframe.

Coming to 2015 models in Europe and to 2016 vehicles in North America, CarPlay will integrate with Audi’s built-in controls and allow drivers to access apps through the car’s native controls and switch between CarPlay and Audi’s Multimedia Interface with a touch of a button… Read More

 

iOS 7.1.2 released with improved iBeacon connectivity and bug fixes

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 30, 2014

Apple has seeded iOS 7.1.2 as an over-the-air update and through iTunes for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. The latest software version includes improved iBeacon connectivity and stability, fixes a bug with data transfer for certain third-party accessories and corrects a major Mail attachment privacy issue. The full changelog has been posted ahead.

If you are currently jailbroken on iOS 7.1.1 or below, you will be happy to hear that the Chinese jailbreak tool Pangu is compatible with iOS 7.1.2. You are safe to update to the latest software version, at which point you can follow Jeff’s guide on how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 using Pangu. Just like on iOS 7.1.1 and below, it remains an untethered jailbreak.
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Apple adds MLB At Bat to its list of CarPlay-enabled apps

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2014

Apple’s in-car entertainment solution, CarPlay, features limited support for third-party applications, ranging from Stitcher and Apple’s own Podcasts to Beats Music, iHeartRadio and Spotify. Previously demoed at WWDC earlier this month, you can now put MLB At Bat on the list of officially supported CarPlay apps, according to Apple’s own CarPlay webpage… Read More

 

iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak uses expired enterprise certificate loophole

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 24, 2014

You may remember MuscleNerd as being the head of the iPhone Dev Team, which has been on the sidelines in recent years in favor of the Chronic Dev Team and, later, the evad3rs. Nevertheless, the well-known iPhone hacker congratulated the Pangu Team for its impromptu iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak release, in addition to providing some interesting commentary on how the exploit works.

According to his tweets, MuscleNerd says that the most unique part of the Pangu jailbreak is that it uses an expired enterprise certificate as an injection vector. He adds that enterprise certificates are something that have been out of bounds for the iPhone Dev Team, due to legal reasons, but he is glad that this method was used rather than the Pangu team burning through something more native and powerful…  Read More

 

Is the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak safe, and should you update?

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 24, 2014

There are several questions that have been circulating since the iOS 7.1.1 untethered jailbreak was released, so I have created this FAQ of sorts to answer some of the more pressing concerns. Read ahead as I talk about the safety of the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, which exploits were used, the compatibility of tweaks, how this affects an iOS 8 jailbreak and more. Everything you need to know about the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak is just ahead…  Read More

 

DockWare: access the iOS dock from anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2014

DockWare is a brand new jailbreak tweak that brings an interesting idea to the table: it lets you access your iOS dock from anywhere, even while within apps. DockWare uses Activator gestures to accomplish this feat, allowing you to both display and hide the iOS dock while on the Home screen or while within apps.

We’ve taken DockWare for a spin on video in order to show you how it works in action. It’s an interesting tweak, but at $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, it probably won’t be for everyone. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what we mean. Read More

 

How to delete iCloud backups on iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 19, 2014

For the past few weeks, my iPhone has prompted me with an annoying message about how iCloud does not have enough space to continue backing up the device. Apparently I need an additional 2.1 GB of storage to backup my iPhone, but I would rather not pay for a higher tier than the free 5 GB of storage that Apple provides by default.

If you’re in the same shoes as me, there is actually a simple solution. Apple makes it easy to delete your iCloud backups right on your iPhone. You can even manage how your backups work so that you are only backing up essential data. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to delete old iCloud backups on iPhone…  Read More

 

How to remove credit card info from iCloud Keychain

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 17, 2014

iCloud Keychain is a useful feature for storing and autocompleting private information, such as passwords, credit card numbers and contact info. For that, our own Lory Gil shared how to add credit card information to iCloud Keychain in the past. But perhaps you no longer want to use the feature, or want to keep your private information as secure as possible. If so, read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to remove credit card info from iCloud KeychainRead More

 

MoreInfo provides media search for Activator

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 16, 2014

iOS 8 might be stealing a little bit of the thunder from the jailbreaking scene as of late, but the community is still going strong. MoreInfo is a new extension designed for use with Activator, the useful jailbreak tweak for assigning gestures to trigger common iOS actions. It allows for a quick in-browser search of the currently playing song or movie, with support for multiple search engines and several customization options. A full rundown of the extension follows…  Read More

 

Cydia updated with iOS 7 icon and redesigned interface

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 12, 2014

Cydia has received a major update this morning with several improvements. First and foremost, the app has received a long-awaited iOS 7 icon thanks to graphic designer Surenix. The package manager for jailbroken devices also gains a redesigned and better organized user interface, making it easier to manage repositories, see which packages you have installed and more. Read ahead for a full look at the update…  Read More

 
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