Convert and push media into any Apple device with WALTR 2, no jailbreak or iTunes needed

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Softorino, a purely European crew packed with talented developers, recently released WALTR 2 as a successor to the original app that’s captured more than 500,000 downloads worldwide in just under 20 months since its debut.

A well-deserved success, if you ask me, because WALTR made it super easy to convert audio and video files encoded in “foreign” formats, such as DivX/MKV movies with subtitles and FLAC audio files, without requiring a jailbreak.

I raved about WALTR in my review, underscoring how its drag-and-drop simplicity allows just about anyone to bypass the mess that is iTunes. And boy, does it fly: in my tests, WALTR transcoded a 2.64-gigabyte MKV file on my 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5 mid-2013 MacBook Air into an iOS-friendly format and sent it over USB to my iPhone 6 in under two minutes.

Building on this remarkable engine, WALTR 2 is now available with new features like support for more than two-dozen legacy iPod models and other devices starting from iOS 5. It uses automatic metadata recognition that works perfectly, gives you the ability to transfer media to your device wirelessly, supports PDF and ePUB file formats and much, much more. Read More

 

How to find out which third-party apps on your iPhone support Siri

By Steffen Reich on Dec 9, 2016

Since Apple introduced SiriKit with iOS10, a growing number of developers worldwide have worked out unique ways to intelligently embed Apple’s virtual assistant. When the likes of WhatsApp and Uber released their Siri compatible versions it was still hard to escape the flurry of news about it, but the novelty of Siri integration has certainly worn off a little in the interim.

With the newsworthiness of Siri-ready apps sinking, it is more likely than not that some of the apps on your iPhone have secretly acquired Siri capabilities that you are entirely oblivious of. If you want to bring yourself up to date on what you may have been missing out on, it only takes a few clicks within the Settings app to unveil which of your apps have lately taken to Siri. Read More

 

NoATWAKEUP is a tweak that might help you save some extra battery life

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

If you own an iPhone, then chances are your battery life is important to you. The importance of conserving battery life is probably increased even more when you’re jailbroken and have lots of tweaks running on your device as you use it.

Fortunately, a new free jailbreak tweak called NoATWAKEUP is here to help, as the developer says it can have a positive impact on your battery life. Read More

 

Pokémon GO update lets trainers transfer Pokémon in bulk and fixes bugs

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

Niantic has launched an update (version 1.19.1) for the popular Pokémon GO game on both the Android and iOS platforms on Thursday that addresses several bugs, as well as a highly-requested game improvement.

Those who catch many Pokémon know the struggle of having to transfer out the ones they don’t need to Professor Willow, one by one, but Thursday’s update now allows players to transfer a handful of unwanted Pokémon to the professor all at once. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Linia

By Cody Lee on Dec 8, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Linia. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to grab the popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—a significant savings of $4.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Linia is a minimal, rhythm-puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain-melting challenges. It features achievements and a nice little surprise if you complete all 80+ levels. Read More

 

Starbucks teams up with Pokémon GO as an official partner and adds more Pokéstops and gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Just yesterday, Niantic announced a partnership with Sprint to bring as many as 10,500 more Pokéstops and gyms to Pokémon GO, and today a similar partnership appears to be expanding to Starbucks coffee shops.

The announcement is a move to give players more flexibility in collecting necessary items to play the game, as well as to battle other players. Starbucks benefits out of the deal because it attracts potential customers to their locations. Read More

 

21 pay TV apps and 10 providers now support Apple’s new Single Sign-On feature

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Single Sign-On, Apple’s new feature that permits compatible video-streaming apps to unlock additional content by using your saved cable credentials, became officially available yesterday. Just a day after launch, apps from ABC and Disney have now gained support for Single Sign-On on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as Freeform, FXNOW and a few other apps, The Verge reported Thursday. Read More

 

How to convert any barcode into a pass for your Wallet with Pass2U Wallet

By Steffen Reich on Dec 8, 2016

Based on the continuous growth of Wallet for ticketing services and Apple Pay, Apple’s bid to render cards and printouts a memory of the past has come a long way. Wallet makes handling and storing any type of ticket considerably simpler, which is why it is easy to get irritated today when presented with no other delivery option but an old-school paper pass. Thankfully Apple and other retailers are increasingly swinging towards the digital platform, but there are still countless cases where you just cannot add a ticket or voucher to your Wallet – even though it would make life so much easier.

Pass2U Wallet, a free app for iOS, taps into that need and conveniently bridges the gap. Just like Wallet itself it offers to scan hard copy barcodes in order to convert them to Wallet passes, however contrary to Apple’s Wallet it will practically work with any piece of paper imaginable. As such, Pass2U Wallet complements and enriches the stock Wallet app nicely, making sure you will be able to add anything you like to your iPhone’s Wallet. Find out more about the app in our review below.

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How to recover deleted notes from your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Whenever you delete a note from your iPhone or iPad’s Notes app, you have a limited amount of time (30 days) before it’s removed from your device in its entirety.

In this grace period, it is possible to recover the deleted note back to the app, which can potentially save you the trouble of losing out on an important note you might have commanded to the trash by accident. We’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 

Dejavu prevents you from adding duplicate songs to Apple Music playlists

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

A great feature of the Music app is the ability to create song playlists so you can listen to specific jams depending on how you’re feeling and what you’re doing at a particular point in time.

On the other hand, sometimes you might inadvertently add the same song to a playlist more than once, which means you’ll have duplicate songs in the same playlist. As annoying as this can be when you’re in the middle of listening to it and hear the same song more than once, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Dejavu aims to fix the problem. Read More

 

Sprint partners up with Pokémon GO to add new Pokéstops and Gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 7, 2016

Sprint is partnering up with Niantic to increase the amount of Pokéstops and gyms that you can access in Pokémon GO.

The goal of the collaboration is to give players more access points to stock up on Pokémon item necessities and to battle other players for experience and team gym domination, but clearly Sprint gets some positive press out of the deal too. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 10.2 beta 7 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Just two days after releasing iOS 10.2 beta 6 to members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Beta Software Program and five days since iOS 10.2 beta 5 dropped, the Cupertino firm on Wednesday morning seeded a seventh beta of what would become the second major software update to iOS 10 since its September 2016 launch.

iOS 10.2 beta 7 (build number 14C92) is available as an-over-the-air download via the Software Update mechanism on devices with a prior beta and an appropriate configuration profile installed. A standalone installer is available via Apple’s dedicated portal for developers. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure creators announce new game Alto’s Odyssey is coming in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Snowman, the brains behind the award-winning endless snowboard game titled Alto’s Adventure, today said that the time has come for something new in the form of Alto’s Odyssey, their brand new game scheduled for release some time in 2017 (we’re thinking early-2017).

Snowman’s Ryan Cash told me via email that long before Alto’s Adventure had even been released, they started working on an idea for what might come next. Read More

 

In November, App Store captured highest monthly sales ever in its history

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, the App Store last month enjoyed the highest monthly sales ever since its inception in the summer of 2008. “November 2016 was a record breaker for the App Store—the highest monthly sales ever in its history,” reads the tweet.

Although Schiller didn’t provide any hard numbers, in just two weeks during last year’s holiday season the App Store raked in a massive $1.1 billion revenue from sales of iOS apps and In-App Purchases. Read More

 

Twelve South’s HiRise Duet keeps your iPhone and Apple Watch charged simultaneously

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 7, 2016

When you’re a proud owner of both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, you might feel reluctant to have two separate charging docks, each with their own separate wires running across your desk to keep them charged.

Fortunately, Twelve South has you covered with their all new HiRise Duet charging platform, which not only gives you a place to charge your iPhone upright, but also provides an integrated charging disc for your Apple Watch. Read More

 

Four new video providers join Single Sign-On ahead of iOS 10.2 release

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Single Sign-On, a feature that allows supported video apps to use your saved cable credentials, is launching some time next week alongside iOS 10.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and tvOS 10.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Ahead of these software updates, an additional four providers have pledged to support Single Sign-On at launch. Read More

 

Upcoming Instagram update will let you turn off comments on a per-post basis & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

In its never-ending fight to curb abuse on its service, Instagram today said an upcoming new tool will let you completely turn off comments on individual posts.

As reported by The New York Times this morning and confirmed by Instagram itself, in addition to being able to turn off comments on individual posts users will be also permitted to remove followers on private accounts and like other people’s comments as well.

Back in September, Instagram launched keyword-based comment moderation as another measure to fight spammers and abusers who have been harassing honest users with unwanted comments and marketing messages. Read More

 

Netflix becomes top-grossing iOS app following offline playback introduction

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

After gaining the long overdue offline playback feature last week, Netflix’s mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has emerged as the top iOS app on the App Store’s Top Grossing charts for the first time ever, overtaking apps like Spotify and Candy Crush Saga, according to stats from app tracking firm SensorTower. By comparison, just last month Netflix was the #7 top-grossing iPhone and iPad software overall in the United States.

At the time of this writing, Netflix’s iPhone and iPad app was the top-grossing item on App Stores in the United States, India, Mexico and Colombia. Read More

 

App Store refund policy under fire from Korean game publishers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Apple’s app refund policy on the App Store has come under fire from South Korean game developers who are complaining about a loophole that permits ill-minded users to purchase charged content multiple times, request refunds and continue to consume the content without actually paying for it.

The Korea Times is reporting that the issue stems from Apple’s policy of withholding information about those who have been issued a refund. Read More

 

You can now start Chrome in Voice Search or Incognito mode from Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Google added Spotlight Search integration to Chrome for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch back in January 2016, allowing you to search for your Google bookmarks using iOS’s Spotlight feature. Today, the Internet giant issued a small update to Chrome for iOS, bumping version number to 55.0.2883.79 and adding a pair of enhancements.

The first lets you start Chrome in Voice Search mode or open a new Incognito tab right from Spotligh.

As for the other change, Google has now removed the folder named All Bookmarks from your bookmarks view in Chrome “by popular request”. Read More

 
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