Reeder 3 is out: Safari View Controller, 3D Touch, Split View multitasking, iPad Pro support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

It feels like yesterday, but it’s actually been more than two year since Reeder 2, the second major version of a popular RSS client for iOS and OS X by Italian developer Silvio Rizzi, was released in the App Store.

And while the Mac edition of Reeder was bumped to version 3.0 in September 2015, it left us wondering whether a major update to the iOS version might be in tow.

Well, today Reeder 3 hit the App Store and it’s a free update for everyone who already owns the app. There’s a lot to look forward to in Reeder 3, here’s a quick overview of major new features. Read More


Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More


These hacks enable custom Apple Watch faces and 3D Touch gestures on iPad Pro via Apple Pencil

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

watchOS 2, the operating system powering Apple’s wearable gizmo, includes support for third-party complications on select watch faces designed to support them.

But as far as watch faces themselves go, users are limited to a handful of built-in styles as Apple’s software development kit (SDK) doesn’t allow for downloadable watch faces yet.

As it turns out, a quick hack that prolific iOS developer Hamza Sood posted on Twitter back in August (no, it didn’t fly under our radar) gets around Apple’s limitations and permits unofficial development and installation of custom faces for Apple’s wearable device.

And earlier this morning, Sood also posted another hack which brings 3D Touch Peek and Pop gestures to the iPad Pro via the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensing technology. Read More


Vine rolls out Apple Watch app and new ways to discover and watch videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Twitter-owned Vine, a short-form video sharing service, is now available on the Apple Watch with a native watchOS 2 app that streams best videos from Featured and Favorites sections to your wrist.

A Vine complication is available as well so you can track your account’s loops and access the native app from your watch face. In addition to the Apple Watch app, this edition of Vine includes features that make it easier to make and discover audio remixes on the service and more. Read More


Amazon Video for iOS gets X-Ray, 3D Touch and multitasking support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Amazon pushed a nice update to its video-streaming app in the App Store this morning. Amazon Video version 3.3 now includes 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Home screen for quick access to the following features: Library, Downloads, your Watchlist and Search.

In addition, the app is now fully optimized for the iPad Pro and supports iOS 9’s new Picture in Picture mode and Slide Over multitasking on supported devices. Read More


SwiftKey gains new dynamic theme, overhauls settings interface

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

SwiftKey, the popular software keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with iOS 8 or later, has received a refresh this morning in the App Store featuring two enhancements: a brand new Bubble Gum dynamic keyboard theme and a redesigned settings menu in the app. Read More


iFixit gives Apple’s Smart Keyboard the lowest repairability score possible

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Repair experts over at iFixit today pried open Apple’s new $169 Smart Keyboard case for the iPad Pro.

As you know, the Smart Keyboard is covered in Apple’s mysterious conductive fabric that actually connects the keyboard to the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector and allows for a “two‑way flow of power and data.”

But more important than that, the accessory is completely glued together, which makes servicing next to impossible. In fact, the Smart Keyboard files as one of the least repairable devices iFixit has ever analyzed so small wonder they gave it a repairability score of zero out of ten, ten being the easiest to repair. Read More


Microsoft updates OneDrive for iOS with 3D Touch shortcuts on Home screen

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today updated its cloud-storage client for iOS, OneDrive, with a trio of new features.

For starters, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners can now quickly access their most recently used files by pressing OneDrive’s Home screen icon lightly to bring up a menu providing direct access to their recent files.

Additionally, scoped folder search for personal OneDrive accounts is now back by popular demand and business users will appreciate support for Microsoft’s Intone mobile app management service. Read More


Viber for iPhone now lets you recall sent chats, attach files, reply from notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Viber today pushed a couple notable improvements to its iOS messaging app in the App Store. Bumped to version 5.6.5, Viber for iPhone now makes it easy to delete a sent message for everyone, not just for yourself, which could come in handy after accidentally sending a message to the wrong person, allowing you to recall it immediately.

You can now send media directly from your shared iCloud albums, in addition to your Camera roll like before.

As a bonus, Viber now includes the ability to reply to messages directly from the notification banner and permits you to search your Viber chats and contacts from the Home screen, using iOS 9’s much improved Spotlight Search function. Read More


Best Buy offering discounts on select iPhone, iPad and Mac models in pre-holiday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2015

Folks looking for good deals on electronics ahead of this weekend’s Black Friday mayhem will want to check out their local Best Buy. The popular retailer is currently offering discounts on a wide variety of smartphones, tablets and computers, including select iPhone, iPad and MacBook models.

The select iPhone models all fall within the 6 and 6 Plus line, meaning no 3D Touch, starting as low as $1 with a two-year contract from either Verizon or Sprint. The iPads in the promo are also a year old (iPad Air), with discounts up to $249, and there is a mix of old and new MacBooks on sale. Read More


Review: collect resources, terraform new worlds and survive in space in Last Horizon

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

As an avid stargazer who’s been dreaming about space travel for ages and a sucker for minimalist games, Last Horizon immediately piqued my interest.

In fact, Last Horizon was an instant purchase for me and I never regretted dropping $2.99 on this space survival and exploration title from Pixeljam. Last Horizon puts you in the shoes of a pilot of a lone spacecraft.

Your oxygen and fuel supplies are limited and your goal is a simple one: you must travel the space and seek out new worlds to inhabit. You’re going to encounter a range of varied planets along the way and harvest their resources.

Some planets hold terraforming resources you need to create a beautiful, harmonious new planet for yourself. Others only provide oxygen and ore to repair your ship. Read More


PowerMe will turn any device into a power source

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2015

A new accessory that launched earlier today on the crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo attempts to solve an important concern with mobile devices—battery life—with an interesting twist.

Dubbed the PowerMe, this tiny multi-purpose dongle turns almost any mobile device outfitted with a microUSB port into a mobile battery pack for your other gadgets, including Lightning-enabled iPhones, iPads and iPods.

In addition, the PowerMe lets you share photos, music and other documents between devices and it’s small enough to easily snap onto your keyring. Read More


Apple working on brand new iPhone app for all your support, repair and troubleshooting needs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2015

Apple is working on a standalone app meant to make it easier for its customers to access a variety of helpful resources, documents and manuals whilst streamlining the repair and troubleshooting process, according to prolific Australia-based leaker Sonny Dickson who shared a few purported screenshots of a yet-to-be-named software with uSwitch. Read More


Apple Pencil ships with extra tip and Lightning-to-Lightning adapter for USB charging

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2015

Apple’s $99 stylus accessory for the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, conveniently comes with a spare tip and includes a special Lightning-to-USB adapter to save users from having to precariously charge their Pencils directly from their iPads.

A spare tip is a nice addition as it gives Pencil customers piece of mind knowing that wearing down the tip won’t force them to take their accessory for servicing. Read More


Stackables photo app goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2015

Apple on Thursday updated the App Store with a new App of the Week: Stackables for iPhone and iPad. This means that from now through next Thursday, you can pick up the popular photo editor for free—a solid savings of $6.

Stackables is a beautifully-designed effects and layering app. It’s packed with over 200 effects expertly crafted by by renowned photographer Dirk Wuestenhagen including textures, light leaks, analog film filters, grain and more. Read More


Spark for iPhone adds Exchange support, iPad and Mac version in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Readdle’s incredibly efficient (and free) email client, Spark for iPhone, has just gotten a whole lot more useful with full support for Microsoft Exchange accounts in the latest update in the App Store.

This was the main feature request from thousands of people who wanted to use Spark with Exchange in the workplace, developers tell me.

Even more exciting than that, the team has confirmed that they’re hard at work putting finishing touches on Spark for iPad, which should be released “soon”. In addition, a spokesperson for the company tells me via email that their next step will be “creating the best email client for Mac.” Read More


Facebook to let you hide posts from your ex, without blocking or unfriending them

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Most of us have been there before. You break up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, and maybe choose to unfriend or even block them on the service, but traces of your relationship are still all over the place on your Timeline, for everyone to see. So, what do you do? Do you block them outright, which will remove all their posts and also hurt their feelings?

There’s got to be a better way to handle this first-world problem, don’t you agree? Facebook though about that, too, and it seems they’ve come up with an interesting solution. Read More


Apple provides interim fix for iPad Pro sluggishness after long charge

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Following reports from iPad Pro owners who have been complaining about the device becoming unresponsive after being charged for a lengthy period of time, which typically occurs during overnight charging, Apple has now acknowledged the issue and confirmed it’s working on a permanent fix.

In the meantime, the company has provided an interim fix that it says will temporarily restore normal operation after the iPad Pro becomes unresponsive. Read More


Google+ for iOS gets a facelift and new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Following yesterday’s overhaul of Google+ Communities and Collections on the web, today Google+ for iOS gets bumped to version 5.0 and thoroughly redesigned.

The new-look Communities and Collections are now accessible through the new Google+ 5.0 for iOS app. This edition of the software includes other improvements, too, including switching between multiple accounts and expanded options for sharing with folks outside Google+. Read More


Official Google app revamps voice search interface and Google Now cards

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

In addition to refreshing the layout for Communities and Collections on Google+, the search monster today also rolled out an update to its iOS search app.

Available at no charge in the App Store, the native Google search experience on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now includes an overhauled voice search interface with a nicely animated logo.

More important than that, the layout of your Google Now cards has been reworked and updated to better organize and surface content for you. Read More

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