Longstanding bug causes iOS devices to crash after playing a maliciously crafted video

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

YouTuber EverythingApplePro has has been sharing a bug in iOS which causes any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to glitch out after playing a malicious video link in Safari. The device will first slow to a crawl before freezing or crashing altogether, requiring a hard reset. This appears to be a longstanding bug because iPhones and other iOS devices running iOS 5 were found to be affected by the glitch.

As noted on Reddit, the top level domains that are currently hosting the glitchy video are vk.com and testtrial.site90.net. Read More

 

Know the Calculator app in iOS 10

By Steffen Reich on Nov 22, 2016

Apple’s Calculator app is one of those stock offerings largely flying under the radar for its soberness. It is somewhat overlooked, but then again can be a lifesaver at times. For those who need to crunch numbers on a more regular basis it is presumably nothing but an emergency fill-in, when for the rest of us it definitely more than cuts the mustard for everyday computations.

On the back of such a broad user base with varying skill sets, it goes without saying that there is a large discrepancy in expertise and knowledge about the calculator app itself.

The fact you can still elicit the occasional gasp from an unknowing iPhone user, just by rotating the interface to landscape mode says a lot about the relevance of calculator to many. Yes, it is mostly a plain calculator representation, but Apple did implement more knacks than first meet the eye. Novice or professional, if you are keen to boost your productivity in calculator, continue reading to find out if you are up to speed on the following tricks:

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How to use less cellular data in the Facebook app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 22, 2016

Many people rely on Facebook every day to keep in touch with their friends and family, but its popularity across the mobile devide market consequently also means it’s one of the world’s biggest cellular data hogs.

Fortunately, there are ways you can mitigate your cellular data usage while using the Facebook app thanks to some flexible settings, and in this piece we’ll show you how. Read More

 

Twelve South’s new HiRise Duet simultaneously charges iPhone/iPad and Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Twelve South’s versatile HiRise accessory is among the best stands I’ve used for charging my iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Recently, it’s gotten even better with an overhauled version sporting refined looks, reduced footprint and increased stability with larger iOS devices.

But what if you own an iPhone and an Apple Watch and need a stand that can charge both devices at the same time? That’s exactly what HiRise Duet does for you. In fact, it’s the first dual charging stand that powers up your Apple Watch in Nightstand mode.

A $119.99 purchase gets you a fully assembled stand with an integrated Lightning connector for iPhone, a built-in magnetic charging disc for your Apple Watch and a single AC power cable to charge both devices simultaneously.

As a bonus, you get a bunch of international wall plugs. Read More

 

Apple launches repair program for unexpected shutdown issues on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Apple on Monday announced a new repair program to address issues where “a very small number” of iPhone 6s devices manufactured between September and October 2015 may unexpectedly shut down. The issue is apparently caused by a faulty battery, which Apple will replace free of charge if your iPhone 6s is affected. The program covers affected iPhone 6s batteries for three years after the first retail sale of the unit and may restrict or limit repair to the original country of purchase. Read More

 

Infuse 5 is out: Up Next, Split View, PiP, iCloud sync, cloud streaming & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

aTV Flash Black developer Firecore today released Infuse 5, a major new version of his versatile media player for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s the single biggest Infuse update Firecore ever released and they’ve been working on it for the better part of the year.

Infuse 5 packs in a bunch of goodies, including iCloud sync, a new “Up Next” discovery list for the Apple TV, Split View and Picture in Picture support on compatible iPads, cloud streaming and much more. Read More

 

Instagram unveils live video for Stories, vanishing photos and videos in direct messages

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Photo-sharing service Instagram today announced a staggered roll out of a pair of major new features in its mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones: one is the previously hinted live video functionality in Stories and the other gives you the ability to send and receive auto-disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Direct. Read More

 

Niantic hosts another double XP event for Pokémon GO during Thanksgiving week

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 21, 2016

Pokémon GO players had a chance to participate in the Halloween event last month, in which ghost Pokémon spawns were increased, distances to hatch eggs were decreased, and double candies was rewarded for the entire week the event ran for.

Now, Niantic has announced a second event coming to the game in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, but this time the rewards are a little different. Read More

 

Here comes Apple’s holiday ad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Apple just aired a brand new holiday-themed television commercial through its channel on YouTube. Titled “Frankie’s Holiday,” the cinematic video runs two minutes long and depicts an unexpected holiday visitor who finally receives the “warm welcome he’s always yearned for.” The unexpected visitor is Frankenstein himself, who happens to be an iPhone 7 user.

The Christmas-themed upbeat commercial conveniently closes with a positive message which invites users to open their hearts to everyone. Read More

 

Listen, Later, Firefox Focus, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2016

Looking for ways to pass the time before next week’s holiday mayhem? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a great list of apps for you to check out this weekend including a service for anonymous communication, a quick and easy reminders app, and a new private web browser. And as always, we’ve also picked out some awesome games for you to try. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $10 Bluetooth speaker, $470 Sony 4K Smart TV, and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2016

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple denies throttling LTE performance of Verizon iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Bloomberg today shared research conducted by Twin Prime and Cellular Insights in a story suggestively headlined “Apple’s Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone Users in Slow Lane” which asserts Apple may have throttled LTE performance of the Verizon iPhone 7 handsets to make them perform about as well as the AT&T iPhone 7 models.

Apple in a statement shot down the report and denied throttling, insisting there’s “no discernible difference” in wireless performance between various iPhone 7 models. Read More

 

Twitter for iPhone and iPad gains support for rich notifications on iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Twitter for iPhone and iPad, a free download from the App Store, now supports rich notifications on iOS 10 that come complete with embedded images and the usual options for interacting with tweets without having to open the app.

Pressing a rich Twitter notification on the Lock screen or in the Notification Center with 3D Touch pulls up an expanded view of the tweet with an enlarged image thumbnail, along with the usual options such as Like and Retweet. Read More

 

Google revamps Play Newsstand, adds For You recommendations, rich media, web app & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Google earlier this week announced a major overhaul of the its magazine and news reader, Play Newsstand. The new version of the iPhone and iPad app sports a new app icon and provides a refreshed user interface alongside a few new “smart” features.

These include a personalized news briefing, a “For You” stream of personalized stories, support for rich media in articles, tab-based navigation and other perks. Read More

 

Apple launches worldwide “Touch Disease” repair program for iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Apple has finally acknowledged existence of so-called “Touch Disease” following a class action lawsuit regarding the issue. The problem has been plaguing a subset of iPhone 6 Plus owners for quite some time now, manifesting itself in the form of a flickering bar at the top of the display and general multi-touch unresponsiveness.

The firm denied responsibility because under the terms of a new worldwide program it’s agreed to fix any affected iPhone 6 Plus devices, but for a $149 service fee. Read More

 

How to mention someone in your Instagram story

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 18, 2016

If you’re an Instagram user, then you might be familiar with the Stories feature that rolled out earlier this year. It lets you share photos and videos with an audience for up to 24 hours before disappearing completely.

But did you know you can also mention certain people in your Instagram Stories? Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Tayasui Sketches Pro

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Tayasui Sketches Pro. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular drawing app for free—a significant savings of $5.

Sketches is described as the most realistic, versatile and user-friendly sketching app designed for mobile. This artist’s toolbox helps users create dazzling sketches, cheerful paintings and smashing illustrations on the go. Read More

 

New Lock screen bug bypasses iPhone/iPad passcode, lets you see photos/contacts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

Apple likes to pride itself with strong security in iOS, but for all the platitudes the fact remains that the iPhone’s Lock screen is one of iOS’s weakest links. And now, YouTuber iDeviceHelp has discovered a new Lock screen vulnerability that lets anyone in possession of your iPhone bypass the passcode and get to your contacts and photos. The bug has been reported to Apple and should be fixed in a future update. Read More

 

Panel suppliers struggling to meet Apple’s large order volume for OLED iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

For all the talk of Apple’s rumored switch to the superior, power-sipping organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology for next year’s iPhones, it’s increasingly looking like OLED screens will be limited to a single model.

That’s because panel manufacturers are currently struggling to meet Apple’s expectedly large order volume and stringent quality requirements. That OLED screens are far more difficult to produce than LCDs isn’t helping either.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Jungah Lee said today that four main OLED panel suppliers—Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display—are currently suffering from yield issues, with constraints potentially continuing into 2018. Read More

 

Workflow updated with redesigned UI, search, profiles, and more

By Timothy Reavis on Nov 17, 2016

Popular iOS automation app Workflow received an update on Thursday that introduced a redesign across the app with a number of improvements. A redesigned onboarding system greets new users with a friendly introduction to the app, while the Gallery has received a number of additions for helping both Workflow newbies and veterans discover new flows. Read More

 
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