iOS 8.2 jailbreak: what we know so far

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2015

It’s been nearly 2 months since Apple killed the iOS 8/8.1 jailbreak, and in that time we’ve seen the public release of iOS 8.2 and multiple betas of iOS 8.3. So with that in mind, along with the hundreds of questions we’ve received on the subject, we decided it was time to take a look at the current state of the jailbreak. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 18

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great freebies and new games to try. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 17

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include deals such as Geekbench 3 for free, TextExpander 3 for $1 and more. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 10

By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include a number of great app deals and freebies. Read More

 

Apple issues updates for OS X, iOS and Apple TV to address ‘FREAK’ attack

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a security update for OS X to address a handful of vulnerabilities, including the high profile SSL flaw known as “FREAK.” Spotlighted last week, the bug allows would-be attackers to spy on communications made through Safari.

More specifically, FREAK stands for Factoring RSA Export Keys, and it affects certain embodiments of web encryption technologies SSL and TLS. If used maliciously, the flaw could leave systems open to what are known as man-in-the-middle attacks. Read More

 

Apple adds 10 new Flyover locations to Maps

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2015

Apple today added a handful of new locations to the 3D Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new locations include Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Boise, Idaho in the United Sates, Venice, Italy, and other cities around the globe.

First introduced in Apple Maps when it launched in 2012, the Flyover feature allows users to take close-up, 3-dimensional looks at buildings, landmarks and various other areas of interest. Read More

 

Facebook update allows you to add stickers to photos

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2015

Facebook today began rolling out a new feature to its mobile apps that will allow users to add stickers to their photos before uploading them. The functionality is similar to that in the “Stickered for Messenger” app the social network released back in December.

Users who have received the update should see a small icon at the bottom of each uploaded image, which you can tap to see all of the stickers you can use. After selecting a sticker, you can determine how big you want it and where it should be placed on your photo. Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 for Windows users with fix for Outlook syncing and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2015

Apple today rolled out a new version of iTunes specifically for Windows users. Windows-only iTunes updates are rare for Apple, but the changelog says that today’s release fixes some significant bugs related to Outlook-device syncing, as well as an audio playback glitch.

Users can update to 12.1.1 by either visiting the Updates section from the Updates tab within iTunes, or they can visit Apple’s website and download the software in its entirety. Windows users must be running Windows Vista 64-bit or later, and have 400MB free space. Read More

 

iTunes 12.1 update introduces a widget for Notification Center

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

Apple this evening posted the first notable update for iTunes 12 since the music management app was refreshed for OS X Yosemite back in October of last year. The release comes labeled as iTunes 12.1, and it includes a new media control widget for Notification Center.

The widget includes back, forward and pause buttons, much like the buttons on the Lock screen and in Control Center of iOS, as well as track information. And, when playing iTunes Radio, the widget allows you to favorite songs and purchase the currently playing song.
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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with improved Wi-Fi, Spotlight security fix and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Alongside the release of iOS 8.1.3, Apple has also rolled out OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to the public this morning. The firmware, which has been in testing for several weeks now, includes fixes and improvements for Wi-Fi, Safari, Bluetooth headphone syncing and more, and can be downloaded through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store. Read More

 

iOS 8.1.3 is out with reduced firmware storage strain, Spotlight fix and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2015

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 this morning, after weeks of extensive testing. The release notes say that the update includes increased stability and performance improvements, as well as various major bug fixes. It also reduces the amount of storage required to perform updates.

You can access the new firmware over the air via Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes by connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a computer. But as usual, we recommend that users who are jailbroken, or plan to jailbreak, avoid the update for now. Read More

 

Rdio app updated with New Music Weekly station, smarter sharing and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

Popular streaming music service Rdio posted an update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a new station for hot, just-released music, enhanced sharing capabilities and various other new features and improvements.

The New Music Weekly Station is a handpicked selection of the week’s hottest tracks from Rdio’s New Releases section. And as for the enhanced sharing, users can now quickly share music with a press-and-hold while listening to any track, album, playlist or station. Read More

 

Things for iPhone and iPad updated with new Notification Center widget

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2015

Popular task managing app Things pushed out an update to its iPhone and iPad clients today, bringing both apps to version 2.6. The symmetrical updates bring improvements to the URI scheme, for better inter-app communication, and a new Notification Center Widget. Read More

 

Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this evening. The update, labeled build 14C99d, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just a week after the previous OS X 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has again asked developers to focus their testing efforts on Wi-Fi connectivity—a long-standing Yosemite issue—as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 12

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the fast-paced world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts (deals!), updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include great free games, a new app from Google and more. Read More

 

Apple not running free 12 Days of Christmas promotion this year

By Jake Smith on Dec 28, 2014

For the last six years Apple has been running its “12 Days of Christmas” promotion in the UK, and did so last year in both the UK and US “12 Days of Gifts”. It joyed customers by giving away iOS apps, music, films and books over the twelve days following Christmas Day. However as noticed first by MacWorld, it appears Apple is discontinuing its holiday tradition in 2014/2015.

We’re now three days out of Christmas, and any type of promotion can’t be found. MacWorld reports from a reliable source that we’re definitely not seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” app this year. Read More

 

Tempo Smart Calendar updated with widget, interactive notifications and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 23, 2014

Tempo Smart Calendar for iOS just received a big update, bringing the app to version 1.6. The update allows the app to take full advantage of the new functionality in iOS 8, adding a new Notification Center widget and support for interactive notifications.

With the new Tempo Widget, users can see their upcoming events, as well as information about their next immediate meeting. And with interactive notifications, users can get directions, dial-in to conference calls, and check on things like their flight status. Read More

 

Amazon Instant Video updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Amazon updated its Instant Video streaming app today, bringing it to version 2.9.5. As the build number indicates, it’s a fairly small update, but it should make users happy with its improved support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

This means that streaming videos should look better on the larger, higher resolution displays of Apple’s newer handsets, as should the app’s menu system. You can now see more content in a single glance, making navigation easier. Read More

 

Major 500px app update adds built-in camera, iPhone 6 support and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Popular photo sharing service 500px has posted a monster update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 2.9. The update brings about a number of significant improvements, including support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the 1Password iOS 8 login extension.

Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is that 500px has added a built-in camera to the app, with the option to control focus and exposure manually. So the app once only served as a browser/manager tool for the service, it now competes directly with Instagram, Flickr and others. Read More

 

Waze updated with Notification Center widget and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2014

The Google-owned Waze updated its iOS app today, bringing the crowdsourced mapping software to version 3.9.2. Don’t let that build number fool you, however, as the update brings about some significant changes.

Perhaps the most notable addition is the new Waze Today Widget for iOS 8 devices. The widget allows you to quickly view your ETA for Home or Work, navigate with one tap, and easily send your current drive & ETA. Read More

 
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