Native Twitter sharing disappears from latest iOS beta if Twitter’s mobile app is installed

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

iOS 8.3 beta 4 that was seeded to Apple’s registered iOS developers last week has removed the long-standing option to share content to Twitter, according to our own findings a couple days ago that have since been confirmed by other users.

We’ve noticed something was afoot as the option to share to Twitter has gone missing from the Share sheet in iOS 8’s stock Photos and Safari app.

Technically, the feature has not been removed entirely because it only disappears after installing Twitter’s official iOS app in iOS 8.3 beta 4, as evidenced on the screenshots provided by our own Oliver Haslam.

Uninstall Twitter and it comes back. Read More

 

Android Wear meets the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 26, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve been working with developer MohammadAG to test his in-progress iOS-to-Android Wear application on the LG G Watch. This application, which has a ton of potential for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers, allows iOS to forward notifications to Android Wear devices. In the video that follows, I showcase some of the features that are in the current version of Mohammad’s new Android Wear APK. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers, second beta to public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 24, 2015

Apple has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, close to two weeks after seeding the third iOS 8.3 beta and roughly a month and a half after releasing the first iOS 8.3 beta.

The new build of iOS 8.3 carries the build number 12F5061, and is available to download over-the-air or from Apple’s iOS Developer Center. Apple also released Xcode 6.3 beta 4 with Swift 1.2 and an update for the Apple TV beta. Read More

 

New in iOS 8.3: placing phone calls through speakerphone via ‘Hey Siri’ command

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015

Users who upgrade their iPhone to iOS 8.3 when it’s released next month will be finally able to tell Siri to make a phone call through the device’s speakerphone when the ‘Hey Siri’ option is enabled, reports 9to5Mac.

You can say, for example, ‘Hey Siri, call my Mom on speaker’ and the call will be automatically transferred to the iPhone’s speaker, like it should have always been, may I add.

Again, provided the ‘Allow Hey Siri’ option is enabled in Settings > General > Siri and the phone is plugged into power. Read More

 

New in iOS 8.3: download free apps and iTunes media without entering Apple ID password

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015

A new ‘Password Settings’ section has been discovered in the Settings app of the current iOS 8.3 beta which will permit users to set up their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad so that downloading free iTunes apps and iTunes media won’t require an Apple ID password.

The new option is only exposed to users when Touch ID is disabled, reports 9to5Mac. With Touch ID enabled, the new option is unavailable.

This is understandable to an extent, because approving purchases — free or paid — with the tap of a fingerprint is a frictionless experience. Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption rate now at 77%

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2015

Our regular tracking of adoption rate figures is back with up-to-date, fresh stats straight from Apple indicating that iOS 8 is slowly but surely finding its way to users iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

As of today, Apple’s latest mobile operating system is now powering 77 percent devices in the wild, a modest improvement over the 75 percent adoption rate as measured by the App Store two weeks ago. Read More

 

Apple opens iOS 8.3 beta to the public, no developer account required

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2015

As predicted, Apple has opened up its iOS beta program to the public and is no longer requiring a paid developer account to test new software. Apple debuted the new public program on Thursday along with the third iOS 8.3 beta.

You can sign-up to receive the new beta from the Apple Seed website. It’s as easy as signing in with your Apple ID and then installing the beta software to start using it. Read More

 

Fleksy Keyboard gains Tips and Color Pops extensions, three new themes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2015

Fleksy, a popular 99-cent keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 or later, has received another newsworthy update following its equally massive Valentine’s Day release.

A dedicated Tips Extension shows you helpful tips throughout the app while a new Color Pops Extension lets you customize the colors of your key pops (disable them completely via a transparancy slider). Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.3 beta 3 to developers

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2015

Following the public release of iOS 8.2 earlier this week with Apple Watch support, Apple is continuing development of iOS 8.3 by seeding the third beta on Thursday.

Developers registered with Apple can download the beta over-the-air on their iPhone or iPad or from the Developer Center. Apple says the update “contains bug fixes and improvements,” but there’s also new features.  Read More

 

Apple issues updates for OS X, iOS and Apple TV to address ‘FREAK’ attack

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a security update for OS X to address a handful of vulnerabilities, including the high profile SSL flaw known as “FREAK.” Spotlighted last week, the bug allows would-be attackers to spy on communications made through Safari.

More specifically, FREAK stands for Factoring RSA Export Keys, and it affects certain embodiments of web encryption technologies SSL and TLS. If used maliciously, the flaw could leave systems open to what are known as man-in-the-middle attacks. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support

By Jake Smith on Mar 9, 2015

Following its media event on Monday, Apple has launched the latest version of iOS — none other than iOS 8.2. The software can be downloaded over-the-air from your iOS device or from iTunes.

The new software most notably brings compatibility for the Apple Watch and updates to the Health app.   Read More

 

Google releases Gmail 4.0 for iOS with new interactive actions, share sheet

By Jake Smith on Mar 5, 2015

Google has released version 4.0 of its Gmail for iOS app on Thursday, most notably bringing new actions for Notification Center and finally share sheet. Google is one of the few larger companies that has shown a devotion to keeping its iOS apps updated regularly, staying atop of new iOS features. Gmail for iOS can be a good alternative to Apple’s Mail.  Read More

 

iOS 8.2 arriving Monday, here are full release notes

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Backtracking on its previous report which claimed iOS 8.2 would be released for public consumption this week, BGR is now claiming that the software will be released to the public next week.

According to BGR founder and editor Jonathan Geller, Apple’s decided to release one more Gold Master (GM) version crying a build number of 12D508 to employees and testers ahead of an expected launch this coming Monday.

Jump past the fold for full release notes. Read More

 

Apple confirms ‘FREAK Attack’ patch for iOS and OS X due next week

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

A new exploit dubbed ‘FREAK Attack’ — which stands for “Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys” — that takes advantage of a security flaw dating back to the 1990s will be patched soon by Apple.

As we speak, the iPhone maker is readying a fix in iOS and OS X that will be available in software updates next week, a spokesperson for the Cupertino firm told iMore.

Plagued by this security flaw, users of Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices are at risk when visiting vulnerable websites that downgrade a secure HTTPS connection to a weaker encryption method. Read More

 

Poll: do you use Reduce Motion feature in iOS?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Soon after Apple thoroughly revamped its mobile operating system back in September 2013, power users started to complain about iOS’s sleek visual effects standing in the way of usability. The main point of contention for many people seemed to be whether or not iOS ignores user input while the animation is running, resulting in the seemingly slower navigation.

Another common complaint was that those dizzying slam-cuts affected people with motion sickness. Addressing both complaints, Apple’s made it possible to disable motion by flipping the Reduce Motion switch to ON in Settings > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

Today’s poll seeks to determine whether you navigate your iOS devices with full UI animations, as enabled by default, or with reduced motion effects in order to make the operating system seem more responsive. Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption rate edges toward 75 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2015

Based on Apple’s official data shared at its portal for developers, iOS 8 is now running on 75 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, as measured by the App Store on March 3, 2015, good for a two percentage-point increase.

Two weeks ago, Apple’s mobile operating system was adopted by 73 percent of active device owners, representing a tiny one percentage point increase from the 72 percent mark recorded a month ago. Read More

 

Google allegedly working on an iPhone app that’ll bring iOS compatibility to Android Wear

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2015

Google is ostensibly working on an iPhone app that will bring iOS compatibility to all Android Wear-driven smartwatches on the market. Google’s Android-powered software platform for wearable devices launched a year ago without official support for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac devices. Word of a possible solution came Tuesday via 01Net and was passed along to us by French blog iPhon.fr.

Whichever way you look at it, making Android Wear compatible with the iPhone could help extend the market for Android-driven wearable devices to include Apple users, too.

About 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped in 2014, according to Canalys, the research firm. Various analysts estimate Apple’s Watch could sell about ten or more million devices in 2015. Read More

 

How about an app for 3D printing your selfies?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2015

If you ever wanted a 3D printed selfie, there’ll soon be an app for that. Developer Dacuda has teamed up with Stockholm, Sweden based Volumental on the world’s first mobile application for easily creating printable 3D selfies.

The software works by capturing a video of one’s face on a tablet and is being shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, CNBC reported last weekend. Read More

 

BGR: iOS 8.2 launching next Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Apple is shooting to release iOS 8.2 for public consumption next Monday, March 2, 2015, “or the following week at the absolute latest,” according to BGR editor Jonathan Geller who spoke to sources in the know.

March 2 is a Monday, an unusual day for an iOS software update, but so is March 9 when Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event is due, at which it’s expected to talk Apple Watch specifics.

Moreover, as many as four betas of iOS 8.3 could be issued before that software update is ready for public release, the BGR founder and editor has learned. He mentioned earlier in the month that iOS 8.2 would be arriving some time in March, but didn’t provide a timeframe. Read More

 

iOS activation in enterprise jumps to 73 percent, increasing Apple’s lead over Android

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Thanks in no small part to strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, Apple has been able to extend its enterprise lead over Android during the fourth quarter of last year.

According to the new Mobility Index Report data (PDF download) by research firm Good Technology, iOS activations in the enterprise market jumped from 69 percent in the third quarter of last year to 73 percent during the last three months of 2014, while Android activations fell from 29 percent to 25 percent. Read More

 
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