Apple stops signing iOS 9.2, downgrades no longer possible

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2016

Apple stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on Thursday, a move that prevents users from performing downgrades from iOS 9.2.1 to iOS 9.2 via iTunes.

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Apple Music for Android now supports saving songs to SD cards

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Apple released an update for the Apple Music app on the Android platform via the Google Play Store on Wednesday with a much-needed new feature: the ability to save songs from the app to your Android device’s removable SD card storage. Read More


Preregistration for Nintendo’s Miitomo smartphone app begins Feb 17

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Nintendo’s first official smartphone-only title will launch in March for both the iOS and Android platforms, but the Japanese gaming company announced on Wednesday it will let users preregister for the app starting February 17th so they’re ready to go when the app officially launches. Read More


Nintendo: company’s second mobile game will focus on a “familiar” character

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

Following the continued decline in popularity of Nintendo’s game consoles and portable gaming systems, the Japan-based game maker has been forced to make the tough financial decision of developing for smartphones and tablets despite never wanting to in the first place.

Nintendo plans to have at least five mobile games available for such devices by March of 2017 as a part of its collaboration with DeNA, and now details regarding Nintendo’s intentions for a second mobile game have surfaced. Read More


Microsoft launches ‘News Pro’ app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2016

Microsoft on Tuesday released a new app for iOS called News Pro. The company describes the app as “your work news brief,” and says it will help you search for news around your work every day, and fuel your unique interests with over a million topics.

The app comes from Microsoft’s experimental project group Microsoft Garage, and it looks pretty much like Flipboard and the slew of other news aggregating apps out there. You login using Facebook or LinkedIn, and pick which topics you want to follow. Read More


Shazam updates iOS apps with rewritten Spotify integration & watchOS 2 support

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 26, 2016

Shazam has released an update on Tuesday for its iOS apps in the App Store with some notable improvements to the way the apps integrate with Spotify, one of the more popular third-party music-streaming services that can be had on the iOS platform, as well as support for watchOS 2 on the Apple Watch. Read More


iOS 9.3 Night Shift mode to have a Control Center toggle?

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

Apple’s iOS 9.3 beta was seeded to developers and Public Beta program participants last week with some pretty big changes to the mobile operating system. One of the flagship features of the release is the f.lux-like Night Shift mode that will change the display’s color temperature depending on the time of day to make using the device easier on the eyes at late evening and night hours. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.11.4 to developers

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

Apple has seeded its first OS X 10.11.4 beta to developers on Monday alongside iOS 9.3 beta 1, tvOS 9.2 beta 1, and watchOS 2.2 beta 1. OS X 10.11.4 beta 1 comes with the build number 15E27e. Read More


Opera Coast gains Snapchat-like news feed, Opera Mini picks up 3D Touch support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Opera Coast, a third-party web browser for iOS, has been updated in the App Store today with real-time news and notifications while Opera Mini now supports 3D Touch shortcuts for accessing your favorite sites by lightly pressing the app’s icon on the Home screen of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

Opera Mini also integrates with iOS 9’s Spotlight Search and has a few other refinements mentioned further below.

In Opera Coast, you can now preview headlines from sites you follow with a new feature, called For You. This basically aggregates online articles into a single tile, giving you an at-a-glance overview of your news right inside the browser. Read More


Rivet Radio review: listen to news stories curated just for you

By Lory Gil on Oct 23, 2015

You’ve probably got a couple of apps in your stash that provides curated stories for you to read. But, what about an app that reports stories to you?

Rivet Radio is like listening to a version of NPR that only reports the stuff you are interested in. We’ve got a full app review of Rivet Radio for you right now. Read More


How to enable iOS 9 News app if you’re outside US

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Among other things, iOS 9 adds four new non-removable apps to your Home screen, one of them called News and the other three being iCloud Drive, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.

Unfortunately, folks living outside the United States are out of luck as News is US-only at launch.

Now, the forthcoming iOS 9.1 software update will officially bring News to the United Kingdom and perhaps some other markets. That being said, you can actually enable News regardless of where you live, and here’s how. Read More


Google and Twitter target Facebook’s Instant Articles with ‘accelerated mobile pages’

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

Internet giant Google and the micro-blogging platform Twitter have joined forces as they gear up to launch their own take on Facebook’s quick-loading Instant Articles for mobile users, according to Peter Kafka and Mark Bergen of Re/code.

Launching this fall with a small group of publishers, these articles should appear on mobile phones almost instantaneously without the annoyingly long loading times. Read More


Apple’s News app to feature content from more than 50 publishers at launch

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2015

Apple’s upcoming News app will feature content from more than 50 publishers, reports Recode. That’s up significantly from the 18 it had commitments from in June, when the app was introduced, suggesting that Apple has been busy these last few months promoting the new platform.

For those that missed the WWDC unveiling, the News app is a Flipboard-like application coming to iPhones and iPads in iOS 9. The goal of the app is to present users with curated news stories and other interesting content through a beautiful UI that makes the experience more enjoyable. Read More


New Apple TV expected to launch in October for under $200

By Cody Lee on Aug 30, 2015

The next-generation Apple TV will launch in October for less than $200, reports 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims that company executives are still finalizing pricing, but the latest options call for a starting price of either $149 or $199.

Since this will be considerably more expensive than other streaming media devices on the market, 9to5Mac says that Apple plans to keep the current third-gen Apple TV around. Its more modest $69 price tag will serve as an entry-level product into the Apple TV line. Read More


Twitter testing out dedicated News tab in mobile apps

By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 2015

Twitter is experimenting with a new “Featured News” tab in its mobile apps, reports BuzzFeed. The tab surfaces trending news items, which the social network hopes will keep users engaged.

“We’re experimenting with a news experience on iOS and Android,” a Twitter spokesperson told the publication. “We are continuing to explore new ways to surface the best content to users.” Read More


The iOS 8.3 jailbreak roundup

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2015

It’s been a crazy last couple of days, but it’s also been very exciting. It all started when the jailbreak for iOS 8.3 came unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, and it culminates with the release of a Cydia Substrate compatible update this evening. No doubt, there’s still much more to come, but now we’d like to take the time to wrap up the ongoings of the last two days.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the iOS 8.3 jailbreak, and what you might expect in the future. Read More


Twitter allegedly entering news curation with Project Lightning

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2015

News curation has shortly become all the rage in the technology and media industries. Facebook sped up your News Feed with quick-loading Instant Article.

Then a new ‘Apple News’ app followed, a major initiative by Apple to host news articles and employ human editors to surface best content for its uses.

And now, Twitter is reportedly joining the fray and creating a similar concept of its own. They’re calling it Project Lightning and, as reported by BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan, it should make important news and events follow you across Twitter platforms, not the other way round. Read More


Facebook launches quick-loading, interactive ‘Instant Articles’ as an iPhone-exclusive feature

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2015

Facebook today announced a new ‘Instant Articles’ feature which is rolling out to its iPhone application later today. As the name implies, this iPhone-exclusive capability lets cherry-picked publishers craft versions of news stories for mobile screens that load in a fraction of a second.

The new, mobile-optimized reading experience includes interactive features from Facebook’s Paper app, with support for rich media such as photos and video and other embeddable content types like multitouch maps and more. Read More


Google arrives on Apple Watch in update for News & Weather app

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2015

Google has updated its News & Weather app today, bringing the software to version 1.7. The update includes various performance and stability improvements, and more significant to us, support for the Apple Watch.

This is essentially the first appearance on Apple’s wearable for Google, who runs a competing wearable platform called Android Wear. The move, however, isn’t surprising, given the company’s sizable presence on iOS. Read More


NYT Now for iPhone goes completely free, adds 1Password support and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

The New York Times newspaper this morning issued a sweet update to its dedicated news summarizing application, Now for iPhone. By far the biggest change in this would-be Flipboard killer involves breaking away from a $15+ per month subscription model in favor of making the app along with its content completely free.

Whether or not the move will help attract more readers remains to be seen. NYT arguably leads the charge in terms of quality newspaper content so going free is a much appreciated change in my book. Read More

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