Plex rolls out completely redesigned iOS app with new features, goes freemium

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Plex, the popular cross-platform media player and management software, on Monday introduced a thoroughly refreshed mobile application for the iPhone and iPad.

Not only has the app been completely rewritten from the ground up, but features a thoroughly revamped user interface and several new features, improvements and enhancements. Read More

 

Snapchat’s latest update introduces data-saving Travel mode, emoji improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

If you’re a Snapchat fan and a frequent traveller who doesn’t use the service abroad due to exorbitant international data roaming charges (or are simply on a budget plan), Snapchat has some good news for you.

Their latest update, now live in the App Store, brings an all-new Travel mode designed specifically to reduce mobile data usage when roaming. In addition to Travel mode, Snapchat’s iPhone application now lets you see who viewed your Story and puts more emoji characters at your fingertips. Read More

 

Stress-testing claimed chassis: iPhone 6s less susceptible to bending under normal usage?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Every iPhone generation has its own highly publicized “gate” issue and present-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are no exception. Unbox Therapy’s widely circulated Bendgate video made international headlines, became a topic of late evening news and provoked an official statement from Apple PR.

While I think Bendgate was a non-issue to begin with, the general public probably disagrees so it’s reassuring that Apple is adamant to put Bendgate to rest by giving the next iPhone a strengthened body made from the Apple Watch Sport’s custom aluminum alloy.

But just how Bendgate-proof an iPhone 6s case made from this custom alloy could be? Who better to ask than Unbox Therapy’s Lewis Hilsenteger who bent an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands? Read More

 

Poll: what are you most excited about for Apple’s September 9 media event?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Apple has reportedly scheduled a media event for Wednesday, September 9, to announce not just new iPhones but other product refreshes, too. Well-connected John Paczkowski, Managing Editor for BuzzFeed San Francisco, has it on good authority that the press conference will serve as a launchpad for next-generation iPhones and iPads.

Moreover, there’s even a brand new Apple TV hardware in tow that should be unveiled during the event. With that in mind, we want to learn what you, our readers, are most excited about for the September 9 event. Read More

 

iPhone 6s screen assembly revealed in leaked video

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

With just a few weeks until Apple’s rumored September 9 media event, small wonder we’re now seeing a bunch of parts for the upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones leaking out from Asian supply chain.

European repair firm MacManiack was able to get hold of a fully assembled display component for the iPhone 6s from a supplier and today posted a video of it. This could also be a ploy to steal free publicity on the part of MacManiack so take the report with healthy skepticism. Read More

 

Apple posts a new “If it’s not an iPhone” ad focused on photos and videos

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 7, 2015

Apple must like the feedback that it’s getting from its recently launched “If it’s not an iPhone” ad campaign. Today, the fourth video in the series was posted on Apple’s YouTube channel, and it features a catchy tune, bright colors, and lots and lots of strategically placed iPhones. Read More

 

Apple expected to debut new iPhones, iPads and Apple TV on September 9

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2015

Apple is planning an event for Wednesday, September 9 to announce new products, according to BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski. The well-connected reporter is hearing that the company will use the stage to unveil new iPhones, iPads and Apple TV.

In line with previous rumors, Paczkowski says the new iPhones—which the press has been referring to as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus—will feature pressure-sensitive Force Touch displays, improved camera systems and significantly faster processors. Read More

 

Verizon eliminating smartphone subsidies for new customers beginning August 13

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

In the market for a new iPhone on Verizon? If so, please be advised that the big red carrier is killing device subsidies beginning next Thursday, August 13, in favor of all-new month-to-month service plans.

The company revealed four new incoming plans with varying amounts of 4G LTE data, from the basic $30 per month plan with one gigabyte of shareable data to the $80 per month plan with twelve gigabytes of cellular data. Read More

 

Lara Croft GO gets a release date

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

Lara Croft GO, an upcoming turn-based mobile strategy game from Hitman GO creators Square Enix, will be hitting the iOS platform on Thursday, August 27. In a media release announcing the release date, Square Enix said the upcoming game offers “a never-before-seen take on the iconic franchise, featuring challenging levels, gorgeous visuals and a mesmerizing soundtrack.” Read More

 

Mass production of new iPhones slightly delayed, but launch won’t be postponed

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

With just a few weeks until Apple’s assumed fall refresh of its smartphone lineup, revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities cautions that Apple appears to have slightly delayed mass production of ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ devices.

The phones should enter volume production later this month, or about one to two weeks later than originally expected, Kuo was quoted as saying by Taiwanese media. Thankfully, the slight delay shouldn’t affect Apple’s launch plans so expect the new iPhones to drop in mid-September. Read More

 

Microsoft Translator hits iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with support for 50 languages

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

If you’re traveling frequently or have a need to translate anything in your daily life, Microsoft is here to help. The software giant’s new release, an app called Microsoft Translator, helps you translate words, phrases and sentences directly on your wrist.

Powered by the same technology used by Office, Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer as well as partners such as Twitter, Yelp, eBay, WeChat and many more, the app lets you speak to your Apple Watch and get an instant translation in a total of fifty languages.

Microsoft Translator is also supported on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and is available at no charge in the App Store. Read More

 

3D photo editor Matter goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2015

Apple has just named Pixite’s “Matter” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the impressive 3D photo editor for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $1.99.

For those unfamiliar with Matter, it allows users to add realistic 3D objects to their photos, and customize them using a variety of effects. Sharing is quick and easy, and the app comes with a number of sample backgrounds for you to play with. Read More

 

HBO NOW updated with support for Google’s Chromecast

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2015

HBO pushed out an update for its NOW mobile app this morning, brining the iOS client to version 1.2. According to the change log, the release includes performance improvements, and support for push notifications and Chromecast devices.

That latter item is by far the most significant, given that HBO’s streaming service has been exclusive to Apple TV since it launched in April. Now, those with Google’s $30 HDMI dongle can enjoy HBO NOW content on their big screen TVs. Read More

 

Outlook’s Apple Watch app updated with replying from your wrist, all-new glance and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2015

Outlook’s Apple Watch has been updated Thursday with the ability to reply to emails directly from your wrist using Siri dictation, emoji or canned responses, among other new features and enhancements.

The new features make the wearable app much more functional than before. Before today, Outlook for Apple Watch only allowed you to see your emails but not reply to or interact with them.

Other changes in Outlook 1.3.5 for iOS include a glance with upcoming appointments and incoming emails, rich notifications that can be interacted with and other tidbits. Read More

 

Adidas buys fitness app maker Runtastic for $239 million

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2015

Runtastic has been acquired by sportswear giant Adidas, the company’s CEO and co-founder Florian Gschwandtner announced in a blog post on Wednesday. The deal is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 million euros (or $239 million).

For those unfamiliar with Runtastic, it develops and maintains a number of fitness apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. It has also dabbled in hardware with a GPS watch, a heart rate monitor, and the recently-released Orbit fitness tracker. Read More

 

Apple’s TestFlight app receives support for native Watch apps and iOS 9’s App Thinning technologies

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

TestFlight, an online service for over-the-air installation and testing of mobile applications that was purchased by Apple last year, in its most recent version 1.2 update has introduced support for testing upcoming iOS 9 features, including native Apple Watch applications with watchOS 2.

In addition, the application has been optimized with support for App Thinning, a set of Apple-provided optimization technologies designed to reduce download sizes of iOS 9 and Apple Watch apps by tailoring app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device. Read More

 

Facebook launches live video streaming for celebrities

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new video streaming feature for its Facebook Mentions app called Live. The feature allows Mentions users, which is currently limited to “verified public figures using Pages,” to quickly and easily share live video.

With Live, Facebook’s Vadim Lavrusik explains, celebrities can take fans behind the scenes, host Q&As, share announcements and more. And the social network says that The Rock, singer Luke Bryan and many others have already signed on to participate. Read More

 

WhatsApp for iPhone receives a dozen new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

Not to be outdone by rival Viber which rolled out animated stickers, location sharing, a brand new keypad and other enhancements in yesterday’s refresh, Facebook-owned WhatsApp today pushed a substantial update to its App Store application.

WhatsApp for iPhone now features richer notifications settings with per-chat rules and mute options, a new swipe gesture to mark chats as read or unread, the ability to directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps, backups for your videos and much more. Read More

 

This concept video gives us a good idea why Force Touch iPhones will be a big deal

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

Force Touch parts for Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ phones have recently begun shipping in volume.

We even recently got our glimpse into the implementation of a force sensing layer on a leaked iPhone 6s screen. That being said, some people continue to be puzzled as to what benefits, if any, Force Touch would bring to their iPhone experience.

Maximilian Kiener set out to create a nice mockup video which gives us a good idea how pressing an iPhone’s screen firmly could be a valuable user interface shortcut. Read More

 

BitTorrent Sync update brings a major productivity element to peer-to-peer file syncing

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2015

BitTorrent Sync made its App Store debut back in August 2013, its major appeal being the underlying distributed technology that facilitates secure file syncing between devices but without a roundtrip to the cloud, thus appealing to privacy-minded customers.

The mobile component to BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer file syncing product, BitTorrent Sync for iOS is receiving a major update later today with an important productivity element added to the app: you can now save various types of files created in other apps right into a Sync folder to share with connected devices via a new Share sheet action. Read More

 
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