Apple hiring a team of professional journalists to run Apple News service and curate content

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2015

Apple News, a brand new Flipboard-like app set to debut when iOS 9 launches this fall, will be run by a team of professional journalists who are currently being hired by Apple, The Financial Times learned Tuesday.

It’s part of a broader push by the company to personalize the content it delivers to users of its devices, according to a recent job ad seeking successful candidates that would “identify and deliver the best in breaking national, global and local news”.

More importantly, the move indicates Apple is more interested in doing curated distribution for the News service than rely on algorithms like Google News does. Read More

 

Hidden ‘iPad Pro’ like keyboard in iOS 9 scales to larger screen sizes with additional keys

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

In addition to an all-new predictive touch technology and two times better touch-to-display latency in iOS 9, another clue of a rumored ‘iPad Pro’ comes in the form of a hidden software keyboard in iOS 9.

As discovered by iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith, it was designed to cater to bigger screen sizes with a wider key appearance, some new keys and a brand new row of symbols that are normally invoked with specific keystroke combinations. Read More

 

iOS 9 introduces predictive touch technology that should be crucial for rumored Apple stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

Coincidentally or not, iOS 9 has introduced a trio of notable enhancements in the multi-touch department that could be viewed as laying the groundwork for a rumored Apple-branded stylus thought to arrive later this year alongside a larger twelve-something-inch ‘iPad Pro’ model.

As one of the WWDC 2015 session videos details, the Cocoa Touch framework in iOS 9 has gained brand new predictive touch capabilities. Not only that, but iOS 9 now has a drawing engine and features vastly improved multi-touch performance, a significant boon for apps that let you draw with your finger or a stylus. Read More

 

iMessage crashing bug fixed in iOS 8.4 beta 4

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

An annoying bug that crashes your iPhone after a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters is received through iMessage or SMS from another party has been fixed in iOS 8.4 beta 4, as first reported by Italian blog HDBlog.it. The beta software was seeded to registered Apple developers two days ago. The iMessage crashing bug is tied to how iOS banner notifications process Unicode text.

Apple has offered a temporary bandaid solution of sorts until a proper fix is delivered. iDownloadBlog has posted a few potential fixes of its own, too. That being said, the iOS 8.4 software update will squash this pesky bug for everyone when it arrives on June 30. Read More

 

iOS 9 Maps gives traffic avoidance warnings, transit coverage in Canada better than anticipated

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2015

Following Monday’s announcement that Maps will gain Transit directions and other new features when iOS 9 launches this fall, some folks are reporting that the feature actually works in even more cities than Apple has said, as discovered by MacRumors.

Not only that but navigating with Maps provides en route traffic and construction warnings, including voice turn-by-turn suggestions for alternate routes, according to information shared with AppleInsider. Read More

 

This accessory is a Home button for your car

By iDB Deals on Jun 11, 2015

This cool accessory puts the power of your iPhone’s voice command system at your fingertips, for whenever it is out of reach. It can be yours for $23, that’s a savings of 42% off the list price. Read More

 

iOS 9 code hints at iPhones with a supercharged FaceTime camera

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2015

Developer Hamza Sood has discovered some rather interesting code strings in the iOS 9 software development kit (SDK) potentially pointing to an impressive front-facing camera upgrade on future iPhone models.

While the iPhone has become the de facto the most popular camera in the world, many Android handsets have far better cameras out the front for taking selfies. But that could change soon as code strings point to a future FaceTime camera upgrade delivering video-shooting capabilities in full HD 1080p resolution, Slow-Mo video capture at 240 frames per second and more. Read More

 

Dreaded Wi-Fi and networking issues are a thing of the past in iOS 9 and El Capitan

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2015

It’s no secret Mac users are always more or less complaining about various Wi-Fi problems.

But if Apple’s support forums and the Interwebs are an indication, the level of annoyance with the networking stack in Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems has seemingly skyrocketed following the release of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in the fall of last year.

Indeed, my MacBook Air running Yosemite drops Wi-Fi connection several times per day and takes about thirty seconds to re-connect to my home Wi-Fi after waking from sleep. Before Yosemite, I would be online literally as soon as I opened the lid.

Having installed El Capitan on my MacBook Air yesterday along with iOS 9 on my iPad Air, I’m happy to report that the vast majority of Wi-Fi problems plaguing users have become a thing of the past, here’s why. Read More

 

WWDC 2015 keynote posted to iTunes as a downloadable high-definition video podcast

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015

Following promotional footage for Apple Music that the Cupertino company posted to its YouTube channel along with the inspirational ‘App Effect’ video, the entire keynote presentation has now been uploaded to iTunes and made available to everyone in the form of a video podcast.

In case you haven’t had a chance to sit through the whole keynote talk yesterday, you can now download the video to your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and watch it on your own time. Read More

 

Apple reveals new ‘Move to iOS’ app for Android switchers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

To make life easier for people looking to switch to an iPhone and iOS 9 over from an Android device, Apple will be providing a dedicated iPhone and iPad application called ‘Move to iOS’.

Yet to be released in the App Store, Move to iOS was designed to simplify the process of transferring user data securely from an Android phone or tablet to a new iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

HomeKit in iOS 9 supports new sensors and devices, can remotely control your home via iCloud

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

HomeKit, Apple’s platform for the connected home that was unveiled last summer, is beginning to pick up support from some well-established names in smart home appliances.

Last week, several vendors brought out some compelling HomeKit-certified home automation devices ahead of the Worldwide Developers Conference. And now, HomeKit is going to get a lot smarter with support for new types of home automation systems and improved remote management of your home. Read More

 

Apple Pay coming to UK in July, loyalty and rewards program in tow

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

Apple Pay, Apple’s wireless payment system, will be coming to the United Kingdom next mont with 250,000 UK merchant locations. Commuters using London transportation system will be able to use Apple Pay, too.

Furthermore, the system will be available to Discover’s 50 million card members this fall, said Apple during the WWDC keynote today.

Trader Joe’s, J.C. Penneys and many other retailers will be joining Apple Pay soon. Small businesses will be supported on Apple Pay through Square via a brand new reader compatible with Apple Pay that will be available in Apple Stores soon. Read More

 

Get fast power for three devices with the Mpow car charger, now 80% off

By iDB Deals on Jun 4, 2015

On the road? Get in the fast lane with the high-speed Mpow car charger, now $13.99 at iDownloadBlog Deals.

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How to change your email sender name

By Sébastien Page on Jun 2, 2015

Maybe you made a mistake when initially setting up your email account, or maybe you want to play some sort of prank on someone. Whatever your reason might be for doing so, you sometimes may want to change the name that is displayed as the sender when sending emails. In this post, I will show you how to change your email display name on iPhone, Mac, and iCloud. Read More

 

Turn any iPhone or iPad into a universal remote with Blumoo

By iDB Deals on Jun 2, 2015

The Blumoo universal remote allows you to control your entire home theater right from your iPhone or iPad instead of the remote hiding out under the couch cushions. Order the Blumoo for over 30% off at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More

 

Unsurprisingly, iPhone Messages bug crashes iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

An odd software bug which causes the iPhone’s Messages application to crash and sends the handset into a respring after a certain text is received affects the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, too. In addition, the text bug apparently affects third-party social and messaging apps that deal with text, including WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat, The Guardian newspaper learned today.

That’s hardly surprising. The issue can be traced back to a specific series of Unicode characters, suggesting a bug in the text engine framework called CoreText that exists in iOS and OS X.

That would explain why third-party apps that deal with messages, like Twitter and Snapchat, were affected as they tap into Apple’s CoreText engine to manage strings of text and layouts. Read More

 

Good deal: 50% off Innori 22400mAh portable battery pack

By iDB Deals on May 29, 2015

When Dad has every gadget he could possibly want, this Father’s Day make sure he can keep them all charged with the Innori 22400mAh portable battery pack, now 50% off at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More

 

IneffectivePower and Unicode Suppressor will protect jailbroken devices from the “effective power” Messages bug

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

There is a new bug in iOS that resprings most peoples phones due to a low memory crash. It is caused by iOS’s inability to render certain strings of Arabic characters which overloads the memory, causing resprings and reboots or safe mode on a jailbroken device. Simply explained, when someone messages you those characters and you get a banner notification, your phone starts kicking the bucket.

A few developers have stepped in and saved the day for jailbreakers. This isn’t the first or second time the jailbreak community receives a security fix quicker than Apple is able to push one to stock devices. It’s a great example of the argument that jailbroken iOS, in the right hands, can be more secure than stock. Read More

 

This tweak lets you customize your third-party notification sounds

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

iOS isn’t known for its ability to be customized, so it’s no surprise that you can’t change the sound for third-party notifications without a jailbreak tweak. CustomNotificationSound by snakeninny, the developer who brought us LowPowerBanner, does exactly that. Read More

 

SwishSwitcher plays a sound when you kill an app from the App Switcher

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

SwishSwitcher by Metion is one of those ‘why not’ tweaks that are released here and there in Cydia that just add a little fun thing to a small part of iOS. They seem to be mostly projects that developers undertake in order to learn more about developing.

They can practice working with certain frameworks and passing information around by using Substrate to hook into Apple’s private API’s. There is also a lot more to learn about making a tweak than just coding it, and it’s a great accomplishment to set everything up and create a deb file.

In this case the developer uses the ‘whoosh’ sound you hear when you hit Send from the stock Mail app, and calls it to play after a user has swiped up on a card in the App Switcher. Read More