How to disable ‘Shake to Undo’

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

“Shake to Undo”, a motion-sensing feature that lets you undo and redo typing and other actions on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, used to be very popular back when iOS gained copy and paste commands. It was, in many ways, the iPhone equivalent to the Command (⌘) – Z keystroke in OS X.

A remnant of the past, its origins trace back to the iPod nano’s “Shake to Shuffle” feature for shuffling songs by shaking the device from side to side.

But not everyone is fond of physically waving their iPhone around to undo their involuntary actions, especially if you tend to shake your device by accident. Besides, Shake to Undo makes little sense on iPads, especially with iOS 9’s dedicated Undo and Redo buttons on the iPad keyboard.

In this post, we’ll show you how to disable Shake to Undo with a few taps. Read More


This new portable charger wants you to believe it was designed by Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Picking a portable battery pack for your iPhone or other smartphone brand can be a daunting task. There are literally hundreds of such accessories in the marketplace that are vying for your attention, available in many shapes, sizes and price points.

The latest entrant to the mobile charging game is a Silicon Valley startup called 4Second Life, which at CES 2016 in Las Vegas showed off its portable charger, the Aluminum VI, which looks (or wants to look) like it was designed by Apple itself. Read More


Brydge launches backlit keyboard cases for iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Accessory vendor Brydge launched at CES 2016 in Las Vegas a pair of brand new clamshell backlit keyboard cases for Apple’s super-sized iPad Pro and the fourth-generation iPad mini.

Both the aluminum-clad $189 BrydgePro for iPad Pro and the $99 BrydgeMini for iPad mini 4 have rechargeable three-month batteries, sport backlit keys akin to those on MacBooks, offer Bluetooth connectivity and have a multi-angle hinge mechanism for folding them into a clamshell-like appearance. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 9.2.1 beta 2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Less than three weeks after releasing the first beta of iOS 9.2.1, Apple on Monday seeded iOS 9.2.1 beta 2 to its registered developers. The software is also available to public beta testers who are signed on Apple’s Beta Software Program,

The new pre-release software has a build number of 13D14 and can be applied over-the-air on iPhones, iPads and iPods running a prior beta via Software Update.

A standalone firmware download is available to members of the Apple Developer Program through the company’s official portal for developers. Read More


How to temporarily hide iOS 9’s stock app icons, no jailbreak required

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Aside from disabling the iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Podcasts apps on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad using iOS’s Restrictions feature, Apple doesn’t yet provide an officially sanctioned way of removing stock apps from your Home screen.

This can be particularly annoying for people who rely on third-party alternatives to Apple’s default apps like Reminders, Maps or Calendar.

My preferred way of working around this limitation involves tucking away any unwanted stock app inside a “Junk” folder. Thankfully, YouTubber Jose Rodriguez has found a better way to temporarily hide icons of Apple’s stock apps on iOS versions from iOS 9 onward using a simple trick that doesn’t require a jailbreak. Read More


Grab Colorburn camera app, Apple’s latest Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Following iTunes holiday freeze, Apple has now discounted Colorburn camera app to $0 as part of its regular Free App of the Week promotion in the App Store. With more than a thousand filters to choose from, an easy to use interface and advanced features like split photography, this app lets you experiment with different looks for your photos to your heart’s desire. Colorburn for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available free until next Thursday. Read More


iPhone and iPad prices increase slightly in Germany to comply with new private copyright levies

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2016

Apple has slightly raised prices of select iPhone and iPad models sold through its webstore in Germany in order to comply with new private copyright levies, as first reported by

The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 5s now each cost 5 euros more versus their December 31, 2015, prices on the Apple Online Store. iPad models such as the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 2 have increased in price by 8 euros for each model. Read More


Square Enix announces Final Fantasy IX coming soon to iOS

By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2015

Great news Final Fantasy fans! Square Enix on Thursday confirmed that FF IX is coming soon to iOS, Android and PC. As noted by TouchArcade, the studio has posted a teaser page for the game on its website, as well as an official trailer on YouTube.

Originally released in 2000, FF IX is the ninth title in the popular RPG franchise. The story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. Read More


Apple Stores to offer iPhone photography and iPad illustration workshops next year

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

As part of a major retail streamlining under the watchful eye of Apple’s head of online and brick-and-mortar stores, Angela Ahrendts, the company will be hosting a number of workshops next year at its stores that will take its existing and basic photography workshops to the next level.

The new workshops were designed to teach customers about the tips and tricks concerning iPhone photography, as well as drawing, painting and sketching on an iPad, with the promise of giving customers “at all skill levels” a chance to learn about more advanced image-capturing techniques, CNET said today. Read More


iOS 9.2 jailbreak status: what we know so far

By Cody Lee on Dec 29, 2015

It’s been more than 2 months since Apple killed the iOS 9.0.x jailbreak, and in that time we’ve seen the public release of iOS 9.1, 9.2, and a beta version of 9.2.1, with no update to the Pangu tool. So as you can imagine, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding the current status of the jailbreak. Here is what we know so far. Read More


Check out Snapdrop, a web-based clone of Apple’s AirDrop

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2015

The easiest way to share content between your Mac and an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is AirDrop, a device-to-device wireless transfer technology built into the bowels of iOS and OS X. But when you want to transfer files between Apple devices and other platforms, AirDrop isn’t very helpfu.

AirDrop, as you know, is limited to iOS and OS X and doesn’t work on Android, Windows or other operating systems and computing platforms. Enter Snapdrop, an interesting web-based HTML5 clone of AirDrop by German developer Robin Linus.

Billed as the easiest way to transfer files across different devices, Snapdrop runs in a web browser and doesn’t require you to install any special software. But does it work as advertised? Read on to find out. Read More


How to schedule Do Not Disturb mode

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

If you have developed a healthy habit of going to bed and getting up at regular times, ensuring that notifications and calls don’t buzz at the most inopportune time is key to good night’s sleep. Since iOS 6, iPhones, iPod touches and iPads have included a Do Not Disturb mode, and Macs since OS X Mountain Lion.

When enabled, it silences all incoming calls and alerts. But did you know that Do Not Disturb can be scheduled? I set my devices to auto-enter Do Not Disturb to prevent alerts from ringing, vibrating or lighting up the screen while I’m asleep.

In this post, we’re going to teach you how to schedule Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac to turn on and off at the same times every day, choose who to allow calls from, when you want to be disturbed and more. Read More


Popular puzzle game Har•mo•ny 3 is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

Apple has named the puzzle game Har•mo•ny 3 from BorderLeap its new Free App of the Week in the App Store, meaning you can download the $1.99 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad game at no charge until this coming Thursday.

Released seven months ago as a third game in the series, Har•mo•ny 3 is framed as a challenging puzzle game of “beautiful colors and captivating music, unified in perfect harmony”. Read More


How to block strangers from messaging you on Vine

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 26, 2015

Some of our past tutorials have provided step-by-step instructions for saving Vine videos, hiding other people’s revines in your feed, deleting Vine accounts and blocking users. This how-to mini-series continues with the topic of preventing people you don’t follow from messaging you on the service.

Since Vine’s 2.0 update, the app has gained the ability to send instant messages to other Vine members. This has quickly generated an influx of unwanted messages that in many cases is classed as pure spam.

This tutorial will teach you about a toggle you can switch to tell Vine to block strangers from messaging you on the service. Read More


The best apps for new iPhone and iPad users

By Lory Gil on Dec 25, 2015

It is hard to imagine that there are still people out there that haven’t had, at least some experience with an iOS device. However, we know that there are plenty of smartphone and tablet users that are making the transition from another platform to Apple this year.

To celebrate your new adventure into the world of Apple, we’ve come up with a list of 10 must-have apps and games for you to download onto your iPhone or iPad after it is fresh out of the box. Read More


Federal judge dismisses iMessage lawsuit over undelivered texts to Android phones

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

A lawsuit centered on an iMessage issue which turned former iPhone owners’ phone numbers into a black hole for text messages after making a switch to Android has been tossed out of the window by United States District Judge Lucy H. Koh, Business Insider reported this morning.

The lawsuit alleged that Apple’s messaging system interfered with the delivery of texts, going as far as to suggest that Apple wiretapped those users by intercepting, and then failing to deliver, text messages sent from an iPhone to an Android phone. Read More


Fleksy Keyboard gains 3D Touch cursor control and other perks in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2015

Fleksy, the popular software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, was updated earlier this week with a bunch of refinements and new features, including 3D Touch-based cursor control and Home screen shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Other goodies in Fleksy 7.5 include the all-new (and free) festive pack to dress up your keyboard in holiday-themed skins, the ability to search for emoji with the Highlights extension, a new GIF & Stickers tab for browsing animated GIFs and more. Read More


5 famous productivity apps from Readdle go half price in Christmas sale

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle doesn’t do sales for its productivity apps often so we thought you should definitely know about their latest promotion.

In celebration of the upcoming Christmas holiday, five of their most popular productivity apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are currently half price, or even less, for the next 48 hours.

The sale includes apps like Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, Calendars 5, Printer Pro and PDF Converter. The promotion starts today, Tuesday, December 22 and ends on  Friday, December 25. Read More


App Santa offering big discounts on 20 popular iOS and Mac apps

By Cody Lee on Dec 22, 2015

App Santa is back again this holiday season with a number of discounts on your favorite apps. From now through December 26th, it’s offering up to 80% off popular iOS and Mac apps. So whether you’ve been good or bad this year, you can still score a great deal on top software. Read More

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