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

 

Apple shares tips on getting the most out of Portrait mode photos on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Rejoice, iPhone photography fans, as Apple shares useful tips from professional photographers on using Portrait mode with iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras to help users achieve best results when taking depth of field photos. As noted in a blog post published Tuesday morning on Apple’s website, the iPhone’s popularity has increased among photographers in 2016.

The post cites Flickr’s camera stats which rank the iPhone 7 Plus sixth within iPhone cameras on Flickr at over five million uploaded photographs. 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

 

Galaxy S8 rumored to drop 3.5mm audio jack, adopt USB-C & use in-screen Home button

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

SamMobile is reporting today that Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S8 smartphone will replace the physical Home button with a non-moving variant embedded right behind its AMOLED screen. The firm is also said to adopt USB-C for charging and data transfer and ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack to make the phone thinner and lighter.

The Galaxy S8 should be unveiled in February 2017 and could beat Apple’s rumored iPhone 8 to the virtual Home button. 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

 

Apple: more iPhone 6s units suffering from random shutdowns, software update may fix it

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Apple has clarified in a new support document on its Chinese website that random shutdowns that have been plaguing some customers may affect more iPhone 6s models than previously thought, saying a software update may fix the issue on units outside of iPhone 6s devices which were manufactured between September and October 2015 and for which it’s offering a free battery replacement program.

As first noted by Gizmodo, Apple wrote it needed additional diagnostic data to determine the exact cause of the problem. Read More

 

Tips to save cellular data on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 6, 2016

Many cellular carriers are skimpy and they charge absurd amounts of money for capped data plans.

If you’re like most people, you’re stuck on one of these capped data plans and you will need to have some kind of self discipline to keep yourself from going over indulging and being charged overage fees.

In this piece, we’ll talk about some of the ways you can help reduce the amount of data you use on your iPhone every month. Read More

 

Apple airs new ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ad showcasing the iPhone 7’s camera

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2016

Apple on Monday night posted a new iPhone 7 commercial it’s calling ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The ad, which aired during Monday Night Football, highlights the video recording capabilities of the company’s latest handset.

The spot opens with two children acting out a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It looks very movie-esque, until the camera zooms out and you see a father sitting in the audience, recording the play on his iPhone. 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

 

How to read and write messages in landscape orientation on iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Apple’s much improved, expressive Messages app is one of the hallmark new features of iOS 10. We’ve noticed that some people have been wondering if Apple has removed the message compose in landscape mode from Messages on iOS 10.

In iOS 9 and earlier, turning the device upside down allowed you to read and write messages in widescreen mode. On iOS 10, Messages defaults to showing a dedicated interface for handwritten messages in landscape orientation.

Thankfully, iOS 10 still supports reading and composing messages in landscape orientation with a tap of a special button, let us show you how. Read More

 

Map your runs accurately without iPhone in Runkeeper’s latest Apple Watch update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

If you own an Apple Watch Series 2, you can leave your iPhone at home the next time you go on a run with Runkeeper as the app’s just been updated with full support for the built-in GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2. Runkeeper’s refreshed experience also includes new active metrics with charts for target pace and heart rate.

Runkeeper is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Hacker Luca Todesco advises jailbreakers to avoid updating to iOS 10.2

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 5, 2016

While there’s still no public jailbreak for iOS 10 to date, there have been some very convincing demos of personal jailbreaks for it, most of which have come out of the woodwork from none other than well-known iOS hacker Luca Todesco.

Amid the current jailbreak situation, Todesco is now seen warning netizens that if they have any intention of jailbreaking iOS 10 in the future, they should stay on iOS 10.1.1 and refrain from updating to iOS 10.2 when it comes out. Read More

 

Personal Hotspot not working? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 5, 2016

Personal Hotspot is an incredibly convenient feature that comes bundled into your iPhone; it lets you share your iPhone’s data connection with other devices, effectively transforming it into a wireless modem, as long as it has service from your carrier.

As convenient as it might be, it can sometimes come with headaches from not working as expected. In this piece, we’ll talk about some common troubleshooting steps for problems related to Personal Hotspot on your iPhone. Read More

 

Space, Capsule, Listables and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2016

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means. It’s time for another one of our Apps of the Week roundups. This week we’ve selected some great titles for you including a new interactive app for exploring space, an AI service for documenting your life experiences, and an app for creating and viewing shareable todo lists. And as usual, we’ve picked out two great new games for you to try. Read More

 

Apple Store app gains iOS 10 rich notifications, purchasing from Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s official mobile shopping app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was refreshed Friday with a pair of new features adding rich notification support on iOS 10 and buying accessories from Favorites with Apple Pay using one-tap authorization on your wrist via your Apple Watch.

Grab the Apple Store app at no charge from the App Store. Read More

 

Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 (build 14C89) to its registered developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program. The updated beta software can be deployed over-the-air through Settings → General → Software Update on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad which has installed a prior iOS 10.2 beta and an appropriate configuration profile. The full installer can be downloaded from Apple’s dedicated portal for developers at developer.apple.com. Read More

 

Apple: unexpected iPhone 6s battery shutdowns caused by a manufacturing issue

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, Apple issued a global battery replacement program to address a problem where some iPhone 6s handsets manufactured between September and October 2015 may unexpectedly shut down (see if your phone is eligible for a free battery via Apple’s web tool).

While the company originally did not say why these devices are shutting down when the battery indicator drops below the 30 percent mark, MacRumors points us to a message posted in a support document on Apple’s website in China which blames the problem on a manufacturing issue. Read More

 

Apple is switching App Store pricing from USD to regional currencies in 9 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Apple’s emailed its registered developers to inform them of some upcoming App Store pricing policy changes in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Tanzania and Vietnam.

No longer will prices of paid downloads on these local App Stores be shown in US dollars. According to the communique, the App Store in these markets will now show prices of apps and In-App Purchases in their domestic currency. Read More

 

iOS 10.1.1 bug allows researchers to bypass Activation Lock protection on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Back in November, India-based security researcher Hemanth Joseph discovered a bug in iOS 10.1 which permitted him to bypass Apple’s anti-theft Activation Lock feature by entering an excessively long string of characters in the Wi-Fi setup text fields.

Apple has patched the flaw in iOS 10.1.1 but now, as noted by SecurityWeek, researchers at Vulnerability Lab have managed to find another method of bypassing Activation Lock protection on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.1.1 and they posted video evidence to prove it. Read More