iOS 10.1.1 bug allows researchers to bypass Activation Lock protection on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Back in November, India-based security researcher Hemanth Joseph discovered a bug in iOS 10.1 which permitted him to bypass Apple’s anti-theft Activation Lock feature by entering an excessively long string of characters in the Wi-Fi setup text fields.

Apple has patched the flaw in iOS 10.1.1 but now, as noted by SecurityWeek, researchers at Vulnerability Lab have managed to find another method of bypassing Activation Lock protection on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.1.1 and they posted video evidence to prove it. Read More

 

YouTube launching support for 4K live streaming in both standard and 360-degree videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

YouTube today began rolling out support for both standard and 360-degree live streaming in 4K video resolution, a change that will significantly improve visual quality of panoramic live streams. Approximately a month ago, Google added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) in 4K clips and just recently updated its Chromecast HDMI dongle with 4K video output. Read More

 

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 30, 2016

After what seems to be an eternity, Netflix has finally updated its application to allow users to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing. This will prove particularly helpful for long car or airplane rides, or just about any other situation where you might not want to put a dent in your data cap while watching your favorite episodes of Bojack Horseman when not connected to Wi-Fi.

In this simple tutorial, we will show you how you can download Netflix movies and TV episodes to watch on the go, but also how you can manage video quality and other features. Read More

 

DirecTV NOW launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two days ago, U.S. wireless carrier unveiled DirecTV NOW, its brand new Internet television streaming service that comes with a free fourth-generation Apple TV for those who would commit to at least three months of paid service.

Today, DirectTV apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV have gone live in the App Store. Read More

 

Netflix launches offline viewing in mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Following reports back in the summer that offline viewing would be coming to Netflix “by the end of the year,” the company said that it’s starting to roll the feature to users around the world beginning today. A new Download button appears in the mobile Netflix app on select shows that can be watched without an Internet connection, including popular shows like “Narcos,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things” and “The Crown”. Offline support for more shows will be added over time, said the firm. Read More

 

Take a closer look at iSpaceship’s underground auditorium, R&D building and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

Drone footage of iSpaceship site captured by YouTuber Matthew Roberts has impressed us thus far and his latest video is no exception. In addition to showing continuous progress in terms of landscaping and solar panels on the massive flying saucer-shaped building, new videos provide a closer look at an R&D building and an underground auditorium where future events will be held. Read More

 

20 tips & tricks for the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar

By Andrew O'Hara on Nov 28, 2016

I’ve had a few days to start adjusting to the Touch Bar on the newly revamped MacBook Pros. While I’m not 100% sold on the concept, I do already see benefits and uses. Touch ID alone is a long overdue addition. If you too have your hands on Apple’s latest flagship product, I will walk you through 20 tips and tricks to make you a pro. Read More

 

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

 

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

 

Watch designers creating prototypes in Apple’s studios

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2016

Apple yesterday announced a $300 coffee table photo book, titled “Designed by Apple in California”, which chronicles 20 years of iconic product designs. Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, discussed the photo book with Wallpaper.com and Japanese design firm Casa Brutus.

The Casa Brutus interview is accompanied by a rare video which offers a unique glimpse into Apple’s secretive Industrial Design Studio, showing designers at work creating prototypes of Macs, iPhones and other items.

Want to take a peek at how the sausage is made? This is your chance! Read More

 

Jony Ive discusses 20 years of iconic Apple designs and that pricey new coffee table book

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Apple is releasing a pricey book, titled “Designed by Apple in California,” in which it chronicles many iconically designed products it’s churned out over the span of past 20 years. Discussing the book’s launch, Chief Design Office Jony Ive sat down with Tony Chambers of Wallpaper.com to explain why the iPhone maker set out to publish this book in the first place. Plus, Ive reflects on the nature of objects, the fragility of ideas and much more. Read More

 

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted video calling

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced yesterday that it had begun rolling out video calling to the more than one billion users it claims across iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms around the world.

According to TechCrunch, video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted just like with FaceTime in order to prevent rogue parties from eavesdropping on your communications.

WhatsApp previously rolled out end-to-end encryption for chats. “We obviously try to be in tune with what our users want,” WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum told Reuters. “We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones.” Read More

 

New Apple ad highlights Beats Solo3 Wireless 40-hour battery & on-ear controls

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

During the official iPhone 7 unveiling last month, Apple announced one brand new and two improved Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, all of which utilize the new Apple W1 wireless chip: Powerbeats3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless and the upcoming BeatsX earphones. A new ad Apple posted Monday, featuring Karlie Kloss, Young M.A., Brunas Schmitz and Justine Skye, highlights some of the Solo3 Wireless features enabled by the W1 chip, like touch controls and a longer lasting 40-hour battery. Read More

 

Instagram confirms live video streaming is coming to its mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016

According to Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom in the Financial Times newspaper this morning, the popular photo-sharing service will be gaining the ability to stream live video. “Live is really exciting for us,” Systrom said without detailing when it’ll launch in the mobile app. Russian news outlet Tjournal.ru was first to report that Instagram appears to have been testing the upcoming feature with a subset of its Russian users. Read More

 

YouTube for iOS gains Dreamy filter, better search & interactive timestamp links in comments

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016

Google today pushed a small update to the native YouTube application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. YouTube 11.43 for iOS, a 105-megabyte download from the App Store, packs in three interesting improvements.

YouTube creators can now take advantage of a new Dreamy filter that can be tried out by uploading a video, then hit the filters icon. You also get tappable timestamps in YouTube comments and recent history/personalized recommendations in search. Read More

 

Vine could potentially live on as Twitter reviews multiple offers from prospective suitors

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

Twitter is currently entertaining multiple purchase offers from potential Vine buyers, meaning the once very popular shortform video-sharing service could live on assuming Twitter manages to sell it, according to a new report from TechCrunch. As you know, Twitter last month announced plans to phase out the video-looping social networking app. After acquiring the startup behind the Vine app, Twitter released Vine on the App Store in January 2013. Read More

 

Video: developers read 1-star reviews

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

User-submitted reviews on the App Store can be quite mean. There’s no denying the fact that people too often slam app makers with 1-star reviews without much thinking.

Now, some of the most unfavorable app ratings are based on complaints about the most mundane things such as the size of the font, the color palettes or the lack of features users think developers should have prioritized over the others and what not.

In case you haven’t yet seen this video in which well-known developers read aloud some of the 1-star reviews their apps contend with, give it a quick watch now and meet us in comments. Read More

 

Video: Apple’s Craig Federighi on the new MacBook Pro, Touch Bar and a touchscreen Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

The MacBook Pro controversy isn’t dying down yet so Apple dispatched Craig Federighi, its Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, who discussed the new Pro and thinking behind the Touch Bar feature in a short video interview with CNET in which he also defends no-touchscreen Mac stance.

He goes on to reveal that Apple had in fact built several touchscreen prototypes that however didn’t impress Apple executives enough to greenlight the project. Read More

 

Vimeo to rival Netflix, Amazon, YouTube & others with its own user-faced subscription service

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2016

Video wars are heating up with news that Vimeo is readying a consumer-facing subscription video service (not to be confused with its Plus, Pro and Business tiers for content creators). The firm prepared for the move months ago by buying VHX, a platform for over-the-top subscription video.

Vimeo, owned by IAC, broke news of its upcoming service on Wednesday as part of its earnings report. Read More

 

Broadcast live interactive video to the world with Hype for iPhone from Vine creators

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2016

Just a few short days ago, Twitter announced plans to phase out Vine, a shortform video-sharing service it acquired nearly three years ago.

Vine’s discontinuation’s prompted its creators Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov to pursue new projects and yesterday they unveiled a live interactive video app, Hype for iPhone.

Does the world really need another video-streaming service?

Only time will tell. For the time being, Kroll and Yusupov are hoping that Hype’s rich feature set will help set the app apart from Twitter-owned Periscope, Facebook Live and similar video broadcasting services. Read More

 
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