Force Touch code discovered in iOS 9

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Developer and noted iOS beta hacker Hamza Sood has discovered code relating to Force Touch in iOS 9. Sood tweeted out a screenshot of the code this evening, saying it appears Apple has been “testing keyboard trackpad gestures on the iPhone 6s, activated via Force Touch.”

Given that the 6s is expected to be unveiled within the next few weeks, and believed to already be in mass production, it would seem the code all-but-confirms that the new iPhone will include Force Touch technology—a feature that already exists in MacBooks and Apple Watch. Read More

 

Scanbot 4.0 rolls out with Quick-Actions, Workflows, FTP & OneNote support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Scanbot, a powerful document and QR code scanner for iOS which sports optical character recognition and a slew of other cool features, was bumped to version 4.0 today.

Available on a freemium basis with optional paid upgrades, Scanbot 4.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad introduces Workflows and Quick-Actions, a pair of major new features aimed at increasing your productivity by automating repeating tasks such as uploading scans to cloud services. Read More

 

Google’s new YouTube Gaming app is now available in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

As expected, Google’s YouTube Gaming app has begun rolling out in the App Store. Earlier this morning, Google launched a new website which sits at gaming.youtube.com, dedicated to watching and live-streaming gameplay videos.

The free of charge companion mobile app should be now available for download in your local App Store. Featuring a selection of live-streaming and on-demand content, the app acts as your one-stop shop for not just gameplay videos but video how-tos and walkthroughs as well. Read More

 

Portal for iOS: wireless file transfers from your computer to iPhone made easy

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Portal, an Android app that launched earlier this summer, is now available on your iPhone free of charge in the App Store.

Created by a company called Pushbullet which makes a namesake cross-platform notification mirroring utility, Portal for iPhone uses QR codes and takes advantage of peer-to-peer connectivity to transfer very large files and folders between your devices in a snap.

With Portal, you can transfer files from your computer to an iOS device via a simple interface that can be accessed through any web browser. The app lets you transfer as many files as you’d like and imposes no file size limits.

Here’s a quick review of Portal based on my brief hands-on time with the app. Read More

 

Read-later app Pocket rolls out personalized Recommendations feed

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

You can now check out the most interesting articles and videos you might have missed using Pocket’s newly launched Recommendations feature. Available in Pocket’s latest 6.0 update in the App Store, Recommendations takes “the absolute best content being saved across Pocket” and tailors it to your own saving and reading habit, based on what you save, read and watch in Pocket. Read More

 

Video of partially assembled iPhone 6s reveals a few previously unknown tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

A video of a partially assembled ‘iPhone 6s’ is making rounds on the web, revealing previously unknown details about Apple’s next-generation handset which is set for unveiling at a rumored media event on Wednesday, September 9.

According to MacRumors, the authenticity of the components used to kinda assemble the phone couldn’t be verified though the parts appear to resemble previously leaked ones from an iPhone 6s prototype. Read More

 

Germany’s highest appeals court invalidates Apple’s slide-to-unlock patents

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Germany’s highest appeals court has ruled that Apple’s famous slide-to-unlock patents are invalid, VentureBeat reported Tuesday.

The ruling basically reaffirmed a 2013 decision in which the lower Federal Patent Court rejected Apple’s claims on the grounds of ‘prior art’. The German courts discovered that Apple’s slide-to-patent involves a similar technique as that featured on a smartphone released before the iPhone by a Swedish company called Neonode. Read More

 

Facebook Moments is now available outside US with new features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Moments, a Facebook-made app that lets you “get the photos you didn’t take”, is no longer confined to the United States, thanks to a 2.0 update that went live in the App Store earlier this morning.

For starters, Moments is now available in a total of 34 different markets such as Japan, Russia, China, Germany and Italy, to name just a few.

The app also comes with an interesting new feature that appears to be borrowed from Google Photos, which automatically creates a movie from your photos, while providing bug fixes, performance improvements and improved upload performance. Read More

 

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