Yahoo Fantasy Sports gains news stream on iPad and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

Today, Yahoo pushed a new update to its Fantasy Sports app for iOS. Now bumped to version 5.10, Yahoo Fantasy Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey (that’s the full app name) now serves an all-new news stream on the iPad, with shareable articles keeping you in the loop on the latest in the world of football, baseball, basketball and hockey.

The software allows you to manage your fantasy roster and make trades, draft your team, participate in mock drafts, get breaking player news based on your team with instant scoring updates, set your lineup with expert analysis from Rotoworld and Yahoo fantasy experts and more… Read More

 

TMZ passes this cheap Android clone off as iPhone 6 — and CNBC fell for it!

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

As per usual, there’s no shortage of iPhone 6 clones. Virtually each and every one of them classes as a plasticky Chinese knock-off — though, quite frankly, some are in fact elaborate. Anyone can order an iPhone 6 clone online, with prices starting as low as $100.

It goes without saying that these laughable devices, based on a truckload of iPhone 6 rumors, typically run Android and sport a user interface skin that does a bad job mimicking iOS 7 aesthetics.

Though not fooling bloggers, the iPhone 6 clones have proved themselves too tempting a target for linkbait outlets such as TMZ. The infamous celebrity news and gossip website is now notoriously jumping on the opportunity to troll the nation by offering an Android-based iPhone 6 lookalike as the real thing.

And guess what? CNBC fell for it! Read More

 

How iPhone 6 may be suited for one-handed use

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2014

Shortly after Apple released the iPhone 5s in September 2013, KGI Securities’ Ming Chi-Kuo speculated that a future larger-screened iPhone won’t go beyond five inches for Apple, in the analyst’s own words, would be foolish to abandon its “unwavering principle of one hand use”.

A year earlier, Apple for the first time publicly articulated its philosophy in an iPhone 5 television commercial dubbed ‘Thumb’, which pictures a user comfortably operating the four-inch device using only their thumb.

So, what engineering and design feats might the handset employ in order to make it suitable for one-handed use? Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Vimeo app updated with new uploading, private sharing options

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2014

Vimeo users will be happy to hear that the video site has rolled out a new build of its iOS client. The update brings the app to version 4.2, and it brings about new video upload and private sharing options, as well as new find and follow features.

With Vimeo 4.2 on iPhone and iPad, you can now upload videos from your device’s Camera Roll, straight to Vimeo from within the app. You can also now share videos with people you follow on Vimeo privately, so they won’t show up in your feed… Read More

 

‘Epoch 2′ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

Apple has just named Epoch 2, by Uppercut Games, its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular game for both iPhone and iPad, for free—a solid savings of $5.

For those who haven’t played it before, Epoch 2 continues the post-apocalyptic storyline of the original with new weapons and gameplay modes. New players will enjoy its sharp graphics, engaging plot and deceptively simple gameplay… Read More

 

WSJ: higher-end 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models to get sapphire displays

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports this afternoon that Apple plans to use sapphire crystal displays in higher-end models of both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models this fall. The news directly contradicts recent reports, which said the company had scrapped such plans due to complexity and cost.

According to today’s report, though, the firm is still very much pondering the idea, and plans to move forward with it if it can get enough sapphire produced in time for launch. The outlet says that Apple may charge more for the phones due to the material’s higher costs, a long-running theory this year… Read More

 

Ubisoft confirms iOS edition of Valiant Hearts: The Great War coming on September 4

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Games developer and publisher Ubisoft today confirmed that the iOS edition of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, its puzzle-adventure game set during the World War I, is coming to the App Store next month.

The game, inspired by letters written during the World War I, has originally made its debut on Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles, as well as on Windows PCs, in June of last year.

Much like the original release, the iOS version is like a playable graphics novel. Of course, the iOS port features touch-optimized controls, crisp graphics designed for Retina screens, Game Center support and more… Read More

 

Gameloft’s Candy Block Breaker hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

The prolific mobile games publisher based out in France, Gameloft, on Thursday released a Candy Crush Saga-esque game that challenges you to break everything in your path and use power-ups to reach the top.

“Get wild in the jungle by breaking everything in sight with the help of some fun and frenzied monster pals,” teases Gameloft.

Called Candy Block Breaker and available free from the App Store for the iPhone and iPad, the addictive breaker game is basically a reworked version of Gameloft’s Candy Block Breaker which was published last June and came integrated with the popular messaging app, Tango… Read More

 

Samsung takes ‘Wall Huggers’ campaign to airports

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Samsung’s much-talked-about anti-iPhone campaign dubbed ‘Wall Huggers’ is expanding to select airports, which are among the most trafficked public spots and traditionally the domain of iPhone and MacBook-toting users.

After poking fun of the iPhone’s appalling battery performance with its controversial 30-second television spot, the South Korean conglomerate is now displaying Galaxy S5 ads at power outlets throughout major airports.

The posters advertises the Galaxy S5′s Ultra Power Saving mode and features a tagline saying “So you have the power to be anywhere but here” in a not-so-subtle dig at Apple’s iPhone 5s campaign which revolves around the tagline “You’re more powerful than you think”… Read More

 

Assembled iPhone 6 logic board apparently leaks, but crucial component obfuscated

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

In late-July, a claimed iPhone 6 circuit board leaked on the web. As it lacked the actual chips (it only showed the pin layout), it left watchers guessing as to whether the handset might include much-rumored NFC capability for a rumored Apple-branded mobile payment service.

Today, a photo purportedly showing a fully assembled logic board of the iPhone 6 has surfaced. Published by a Taiwanese blog, it reveals several semiconductor components such as a Toshiba flash chip and a Wi-Fi module… Read More

 

Sony releases ‘Album of the Day’ for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2014

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony today released a brand new iPhone app focused on daily deals on select iTunes music purchases.

Created by Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH and dubbed ‘Album of the Day,’ the software is now available in key market globally as a free download from the App Store, following its soft-launch back in March in Germany.

The app offers daily deals on whole albums from the Sony label, with up to 70 percent off on popular artists… Read More

 

New close-up photos show iPhone 6 front panel, power button and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2014

As production for the iPhone 6 begins to ramp up ahead of next month’s unveiling, we’re starting to see more and more part leaks for the highly anticipated handset. We’ve seen several over the last few days, and this afternoon, new photos of alleged components surfaced.

This latest batch gives us a close-up look at what is said to be the front panel and display assembly for the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6, with its very clearly tapered edges. The photos also show the new Power button, which is expected to be relocated, and its Mute Switch… Read More

 

Mailbox updated with new spam options, Passbook support and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2014

Mailbox has updated its popular iOS email client this afternoon, bringing the app to version 2.1. The update is fairly significant, as it adds new spam options, Passbook support, and support for several new languages.

With 2.1, it’s now possible to print your emails, mark them as spam or unread, and favorite them by clicking on the three little dots at the top of a thread view. You can also now add items directly to the Passbook app… Read More

 

How to remove suggested “recent” and “other” email addresses from Mail app

By Sébastien Page on Aug 13, 2014

Every time you receive or send an email to a new contact, the Mail app saves this contact’s email address as a “recent” or “other” address somewhere so that if you ever want to email this person again, you can start typing his email address, and the Mail app will offer some autocomplete suggestions.

In some instances, this is a great feature. For example, you might not have saved the contact info of this person who emailed you 3 months ago, but if you remember his name, you can start typing it, and the Mail app will automatically suggest his email address, based on your recent communication with him. That’s the benefit of the feature.

The downside of this recent emails feature though is that it might save email addresses from people you don’t care about. Worse, it might save old email addresses that aren’t being used anymore, sometimes offering these old addresses as a top suggestion.

I recently experienced this problem. I updated the email address of one of my contacts, making sure I deleted her previous email address. Now every time I start typing her name in the “To:” field of the Mail app, it suggests both her new and old email address.

In this post, I will show you how to remove recent and other email addresses from the recipient field autofill in the Mail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read More

 

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Alpha smartphone with metal frame

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2014

Samsung today took the wraps off a new smartphone for its Galaxy line called the ‘Galaxy Alpha.’ The company says the handset encapsulates its new design approach, featuring a “carefully constructed” compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish.

In terms of specs, there isn’t anything too crazy under the hood. The Alpha sports a 4.7” HD Super AMOLED display, an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 12MP rear camera. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on board, and a host of other sensors… Read More

 

Shazam testing Beats Music integration

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

When Apple unleashes iOS 8 for public consumption come this Fall, music lovers will be invited to take advantage of Siri’s new and awesomely seamless Shazam integration which lets you identify songs playing nearby simply by asking “what’s playing”.

According to eagle-eyed reporters, it appears that Shazam has now added Beats Music integration to their free iPhone and iPad appRead More

 

Thailand certifies two unreleased iPhone models

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

As the iPhone 6 enters the Product Validation Testing stage, typically a final step before full blown mass production ahead of the big reveal on September 9, news comes that regulators in Thailand have now approved two distinctly new iPhone models for use in the country.

One of the approved devices carries a model number of ‘A1524′. The other is labeled as ‘A1586′.

Apple is of course expected to release two new iPhone 6 models come this Fall, one with a 4.7-inch display and the other featuring a phablet-class screen measuring 5.5 inches diagonally… Read More

 

How to rename your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

You may have seen Sebastien’s quick tutorial explaining how to change your Mac computer’s name so you can recognize it easily when using AirDrop, or simply when looking for it on the local network.

It’s a little known fact that you can just as easily change the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Choosing a custom name for your device helps keep it distinguishable from other devices you may own in iTunes and when using services like Find My iPhone.

Obviously, this is a tutorial for beginners as power users are probably aware how to do this. Regardless of your level of expertise, this how-to serves as a nice reminder to check and maybe choose a proper name for your device other than the default name iOS assigns to it after a restore or on first use… Read More

 

Runtastic Pro is temporarily free in Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

Runtastic Pro, which normally sells for $4.99, has gone free exclusively through Apple’s free Apple Store application for the iPhone and iPad (not to be confused with the App Store). The official Apple Store app is a sleek and awesome way to browse thousands of products carried on Apple’s online and brick-and-mortar stores. It also offers exclusive deals: not just to Apple Store visitors, but to anyone who has downloaded the software to their device.

Case in point: last week, the gorgeous Rise Alarm Clock went free in the Apple Store software. This week, the app is offering Runtastic Pro free for a limited time. Again, this offer is exclusive to the Apple Store app: Runtastic Pro still costs money if you download it directly from the App Store. With that off my chest, here’s how you can redeem your free copy of Runtastic Pro in the Apple Store app… Read More

 

Uber mobile apps gain turn-by-turn navigation and destination entry features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

Uber, the popular venture-backed ride-sharing service, today announced a pair of useful new additions to its strong arsenal of mobile features, aimed at both drivers and users.

Uber customers can now add a desired destination into the free rider app that the driver will see at pick-up time.

And if you’re a driver using Uber to find customers, Uber’s driver app now supports turn-by-turn navigation for the destination customers have provided in the rider app… Read More