MagCable brings MagSafe-like experience with fast-charging to your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

If the 12-inch MacBook is indicative of Apple’s future plans, the popular MagSafe adapter is on its way out as USB-C comes into full view.

Sadly, USB-C is plagued with a major drawback: the standard doesn’t use Apple’s proprietary MagSafe charging method which employs magnets to ensure your notebook doesn’t fly off a desk or wiggle the pins when you trip on the cord.

With MagSafe’s future hanging in the balance, a company called aMagic Ltd. set out to replicate the MagSafe charging experience on Lightning-enabled iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. Read More

 

Philips launches dimming kit for Hue wireless bulbs

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Philips’s ‘Hue’ programmable LED lights can now be controlled in a more traditional fashion with the new Hue Wireless Dimming Kit and white bulbs.

Announced this morning, the Dimming Kit allows you to adjust the brightness of up to ten white bulbs at the same time and can be installed directly on the wall or used as a remote control of sort for Hue lights.

The Hue Wireless Dimming Kit can be hooked up to Philips’ existing Hue hardware via the company’s Hue bridge accessory to control the standard Hue and Hue Lux lighting. Read More

 

Viber gains improved spam handling and reporting in latest iPhone update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Viber for iPhone was refreshed this morning in the App Store with improved spam handling. I’ve noticed an increase of spam messages on Viber lately as I’ve been regularly getting spam messages from seemingly random people telling me I’ve won a free iPhone or some fishy contest prize.

While Viber offers the ability to block unwanted contacts from messaging you, this update should help sort out the influx of spam on the service.

No other changes are mentioned for Viber 5.5.1, a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Check out The Amazing Bernard, a gorgeously done platformer hitting iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

The Amazing Bernard by Kumkwat Entertainment is arriving on iOS devices in the coming weeks and boy does it look beautiful. I’m a huge sucker for adventure/platform games such as Leo’s Adventure and can’t wait to put my hands on The Amazing Bernard.

The game appears to offer a unique blend of action and exploration as you’ll be overcoming obstacles, jumping on platforms and running around like there’s no tomorrow. You play as a cartoonish character named Bernie O’Tag but the game packs in even crazier characters to meet and many mysteries to be revealed.

We have a full preview ready for your reading pleasure further below. Read More

 

Popular YouTubers are ‘doing some stuff with Apple’

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

According to a new report Monday, Apple has enlisted help of popular YouTubers such as Louis Cole and sketch comedy channel Wong Fu Productions who appear to be working in unknown capacity on future Apple promotions.

MacRumors, which first reported on the news, thinks a variant of Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ advertising campaign could be in the works in time for the ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ launch next month. Read More

 

Rumor: 12MP camera on iPhone 6s has a bigger sensor that can take in more light

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

A new rumor published this weekend by Business Insider claims that a camera on Apple’s next-generation ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ employs a bigger sensor that can take in more light.

In addition, an unnamed source involved with the next iPhone’s camera design told the publication that Apple has created an enhanced lens designed to work with that improved sensor, which is also said to capture more detail by increasing pixel count to twelve megapixels. Read More

 

Apple introduces iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple on Friday launched the iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus. In a support document, first spotted by MacRumors, the company says it has discovered that, in some devices, the iSight camera has a component that may fail, causing your photos to look blurry.

The program only applies to the iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple says that a very small percentage of devices has been affected. But if your 6 Plus is producing blurry photos, and has an eligible serial number, the company is offering to replace your handset’s rear-facing camera free of charge. Read More

 

Leaderboards and more added to Foursquare’s location check-in app Swarm

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Foursquare’s dedicated check-in app, Swarm, has been adding missing features ever since the startup split the main mobile app’s functionality into dedicated place discovery and check-in apps.

The new Swarm 3.0 for iOS, which released earlier this morning, brings back leaderboards after gaining mayorships early in the summer. In addition, messages and notifications have been unified under a single inbox view.

Your worldwide and nearby views are now folded into a single Friends tab and a revamped Here Now section is now located under the Nearby section. Read More

 

More evidence points to iPhone 6s pre-orders kicking off on September 11

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

A French wireless carrier has apparently hinted that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones will go on pre-order on Friday, September 11, two days following the rumored media event on Wednesday, September 9 to unveil new iPhones, iPads and a next-generation Apple TV.

According to a source who leaked an internal slide to PhoneArena, new iPhones should start shipping to customers, retail stores and Apple’s carrier partners on September 18, allowing Apple to take a full week’s worth of pre-orders. Read More

 

Google Photos gains Timehop-like blasts from the past, new sharing options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Google’s standalone Photos application for the iPhone and iPad today received an update in the App Store, bringing a few new sharing options and other enhancements to your on the go photo-management experience.

Google Photos 1.2 for iOS, a free download in the App Store, will also show you photos and videos from the past so you can take a brief walk down memory lane, a new feature provided in the form of cards in the Assistant view. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘if it’s not an iPhone’ ad highlighting Apple Pay

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted a new ad to its YouTube channel labeled “iPhone – Apple Pay.” The spot is the latest in the company’s ongoing “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” campaign, and of course highlights its new mobile payment service.

The commercial is very similar to previous ads in the campaign. It begins with a voiceover saying “this is an iPhone,” and then the video proceeds to show how Apple Pay works. The shot closes with the tagline “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.” Read More

 

Puzzler Quell Memento+ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

Apple has just named Fallen Tree Games’ “Quell Memento+” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the critically-acclaimed puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving you $2.99.

If you’ve never played Quell Memento+, it’s a zen-like puzzler set in an old abandoned house. Players are tasked with solving puzzles to restore order to the jumbled memories of the last occupant, which then leads them on a haunting journey of self-discovery. Read More

 

Yahoo Weather now pings your iPhone 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

You’ll never get caught in the rain or snow again no matter where you live, provided you use Yahoo’s gorgeously designed mobile Weather app which in its most recent update has added near-term weather alerts.

In addition, Yahoo Weather for iPhone and iPad, now bumped to version 1.8, is even more accurate than before and zooms in smartly on microclimates. Read More

 

As Apple News launch draws nearer, Flipboard rolls out new personalization features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

After iOS 9 launches this fall, reading aficionados and news junkies will have a field day consolidating their reading experience via a brand new Flipboard-like app.

Called News, it basically aggregates news stories and popular blog posts from around the web and presents them in a beautifully decluttered view with smooth layouts made possible by the new Apple News format.

But Flipboard isn’t standing still either.

Today, the social news aggregator service began rolling out some changes to its mobile app which it designed to help users fine-tune their Cover Stories view using an all-new thumbs-up and thumbs-down system. Read More

 

1Password for iOS gains quick vault switcher, Touch ID and Apple Watch updates and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

1Password, the popular password manager for iOS, OS X and Windows by developer AgileBits, today received a nice little update in the App Store which bumped the app to version 5.5 and brought out a couple notable improvements.

In addition to a brand new quick vault switcher, 1Password 5.5 contains improvements to TouchID authentication, shared lock settings, browsing Credit Card items on your Apple Watch and other tidibts. Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption rate slowing down ahead of iOS 9, now sits at 86 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

Our tracking of iOS 8 adoption rates continues with the newest update from the App Store dashboard indicating that the company’s mobile operating system is now powering an impressive 86 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, as measured by the App Store on August 17, 2015.

iOS 7 continues to account for thirteen percent of iOS devices, with older iOS versions continuing to scrape out a mere two percent. A month ago, iOS 8 adoption stood at the 85 percent mark and iOS 7 comprised thirteen percent of iOS hardware in the wild.
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iTranslate updated with keyboard extension and Apple Watch support

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Sonico pushed out an update for its iTranslate app today, bringing the iOS client to version 8.4. The software, which is regarded as one of the best translation apps in the App Store, now comes with a keyboard extension and proper Apple Watch Glance.

The keyboard extension is particularly significant, since it can be used in most iOS 8-compatible apps. So now, instead of having to open the iTranslate app to make a translation, you can do it on the fly in WhatsApp, Mail or your favorite Twitter client. Read More

 

Looks like WhatsApp Web has at last begun rolling out to iPhone users

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

WhatsApp introduced its web app in January 2015 and it’s since added compatibility for all major mobile and desktop platforms sans iOS.

While the web application works on Windows PCs and Android devices without a hiccup, mobile and desktop Safari versions were unsupported as WhatsApp did not update its iPhone app with a barcode scanning option.

Now some users are seeing the new option in WhatsApp for iPhone, meaning they can visit web.whatsapp.com in a browser and authorize access by scanning a QR code within WhatsApp for iPhone. Read More

 

Elemental composition of iPhone 6s shell points to a significantly stronger Bendgate-proof body

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

The upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ phones are expected to use a stronger 7000 Series aluminum body. A custom alloy designed for the Apple Watch Sport, 7000 Series aluminum is sixty percent stronger than standard aluminum alloys and just as light.

An elemental composition analysis of a claimed iPhone 6s shell performed by MacRumors gives us a deeper insight into the next iPhones’ Bendgate-proof body.

For starters, the claimed part showed high iron levels of around eight percent on average. Not only does using iron enhance durability but makes the material easier to work with during the casting process. Read More

 

Infuse 3 updated with Touch ID support, faster browsing and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2015

FireCore updated its versatile media player Infuse 3 for iPhone and iPad today, bringing the app to version 3.5. The update brings about a number of improvements, including faster SMB browsing and a fix for those having AirPlay issues.

Additionally, 3.5 adds support for passcode and Touch ID locking, meaning you can now secure the app using one of these options. This way, videos and other media files you’d like to keep private can only be accessed via proper authentication. Read More