Snapper 2: an awesome screenshot tool for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 22, 2016

Snapper 2 is a follow-up jailbreak tweak to the original Snapper, a release that enhances screenshot-taking ability on iOS. If you’re a prolific screenshot taker like I am, then Snapper 2 is a tool that can make your life a lot easier.

Instead of having to crop screenshots in post, Snapper 2 lets your crop them on the fly as you take them. You can even pin cropped screenshots on top of the screen in order to reference pertinent information.

For example, you can use Snapper 2 to cut out a photo that you need to describe within the Notes app. Instead of jumping back and forth between the Photos app and the Notes app, use Snapper 2 in order to view two items at once. Have a look at our full video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More

 

Apple posts new Apple TV ad ‘The Future of TV is Apps’

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday shared a new video advertisement for the Apple TV on its YouTube page. Aptly named “The Future of TV is Apps,” the spot highlights a number of popular games and applications that are available through the tvOS App Store.

Titles mentioned include WatchESPN, Asphalt 8, and HBO Now, and instead of showing them in action in a normal Apple TV interface, the ad illustrates them using 3D animations. It’s a bit hard to explain, so you should probably just watch it. Read More

 

Did this video just show us Apple’s upcoming four-inch iPhone refresh?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

M.I.C. Gadget, which in the past supplied genuine pictures and clips of unreleased Apple devices, today published a video which they claim shows off Apple’s forthcoming four-inch iPhone obtained from a source at Foxconn.

The clip could be an elaborate hoax, of course, but it looks genuine if you consider that the device appears to resemble a four-inch iPhone with an iPhone 6s-style design, as the rumor-mill’s predicted. Read More

 

Apple Pay’s China launch could be imminent

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

In December 2015, Apple officially confirmed plans to roll out its mobile payment service in China in co-operation with UnionPay, as soon as early-2016. Well, here we are in 2016 and a pair of videos discovered by MacRumors gives us a good indication that Apple Pay might be on the verge of launching in the 1.33 billion people market.

The videos show a customer choosing a UnionPay card in Apple Pay and completing a purchase at McDonald’s by holding their iPhone near a QuickPass-enabled Verifone payment terminal. Read More

 

Snakebite: an upcoming tweak for enhancing 3D Touch multitasking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2016

Snakebite is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that works with the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch multitasking gesture. The tweak replaces the App Switcher with a new interface for quickly accessing recently used apps or favorite apps. From the Snakebite interface, it’s possible to quickly access the App Switcher via the Multitasking shortcut button.

Even if you don’t own a 3D Touch capable device, you can utilize Snakebite by means of a handy tap and drag gesture. Watch our full video walkthrough to see what I mean. Read More

 

How to watch local live TV on Apple TV with an HDHomeRun + antenna combo

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 16, 2016

It is possible to legally watch free over the air terrestrial television via the Apple TV. This can easily be accomplished by connecting an HDHomeRun to your home network along with an ATSC antenna to pull in free over-the-air high definition local channels.

It’s basically the equivalent of connecting an antenna to your TV. TVs generally include a tuner built in, which allows the unit to display the channels pulled in from over the air. Wouldn’t it be cool, though, if you could broadcast all of those channels on your home network? By using an HDHomeRun, you can easily tap into free high definition television streams via the Apple TV and an app like Kodi. You can even watch live TV on your iPhone, Mac, or other devices.

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how easy it is to get live local channels on your Apple TV. That means you can watch high definition streams for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and more. There’s no monthly subscription involved, or anything like that, which makes this perfect for cord cutters. Have a look. Read More

 

How to transition to FaceTime on your iPhone during phone call

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2016

From the onset, the iPhone has supported common features such as mid-call switching to an incoming phone call, creating a conference call between multiple parties and more. These features extend to FaceTime, Apple’s solution for making audio and video calls over the Internet that bypass a carrier’s voice network.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a quick transition to a FaceTime call on your iPhone without hanging up on the current call. Read More

 

Free group video calling is coming to Skype’s iPhone and iPad application

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2016

Skype is celebrating its tenth anniversary so the Microsoft-owned company yesterday announced that users of its mobile application will soon be able to take advantage of a free group video calling feature.

According to Gurdeep Pall, Skype CVP, group video calling on mobile devices will be coming to Skype’s iPhone and iPad app “soon,” and to Windows 10 and Android devices. Read More

 

watchOS 2.2 preview: Pairing more than one Apple Watch and Maps app improvements [video + screenshots]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2016

Along with the release of iOS 9.3 beta 1 and tvOS 9.2 beta 1, watchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers. watchOS 2.2 isn’t filled with nearly as many features as the aforementioned software for the Apple TV and iPhone, but it does contain a major new feature that will make a specific group of Apple Watch owners happy.

Beginning with watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3, users can now pair more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone. Once paired, you can easily switch between them as the need occurs. Have a look at our full video preview for a demonstration of the pairing process in action. Read More

 

tvOS 9.2 preview: Bluetooth keyboard support, folders, redesigned App Switcher, and Podcasts app [video + screenshots]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2016

Potentially lost in all of the hype over the huge iOS 9.3 beta 1 release, was tvOS 9.2. This release was no slouch either, as it brings a much-wanted addition to the forth generation Apple TV. In this video, I’ll showcase many of the new features, including Bluetooth keyboard support, folder support, the redesigned App Switcher, and the new stock Podcasts app. Have a look… Read More

 

iOS 9.3 preview: Night Shift, 3D Touch, Notes improvements, and more [video + screenshots]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 11, 2016

We’ve put together an in-depth video showcasing many of the new iOS 9.3 beta 1 features. I think it’s safe to say that this release packs in many more features for a minor version release than we’re used to. In this video, we showcase the new Touch ID security option for the Notes app, the new quick action 3D Touch shortcuts, updated News app features, multiple Apple Watch pairing ability, and much more. Read More

 

Developer shows off iOS 9.3 beta 1 jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 11, 2016

It looks as if iOS 9.3 beta 1 has already been jailbroken, which lends hope that a public version of an iOS 9.3.x jailbreak may be possible. But don’t hold your breath; this is the same hacker/developer—Luca Todesco—that recently shared a screenshot of a jailbroken iPhone 6 running iOS 9.2.1. He previously made it clear that he has no intention of sharing, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon. Read More

 

How to achieve faster video exports in Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2016

One of the great things about Final Cut Pro X ($299 on Mac App Store) is that you can export high quality videos extremely fast, even on underpowered hardware. For example, my Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display lacks a discrete GPU, but I can still export 4K videos with relative ease.

Some of the speed can be attributed to a technology of Intel’s called Quick Sync Video. Quick Sync is a hardware accelerator for H.264 encoding. It’s baked into Intel’s consumer line of chips, so ironically, it doesn’t apply to the beefier Mac Pro. Those machines are powered by professional grade Xeon chips that lack integrated graphics.

That means that even the 12″ MacBook, which is the most anemic piece of Intel-powered hardware currently available from Apple, can export 4K videos competently.

With all of that said, there are some things that you should know in order to fully take advantage of faster video encoding when exporting projects with Final Cut Pro X, and you can learn more in this post. Read More

 

App Admin updated with even more iOS app downgrading features

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2016

App Admin (formerly App Control) is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to easily downgrade App Store apps on iOS. The tweak, which is still in beta, was met with positive response after it was released several days ago.

After a few updates, App Admin is really starting to come into its own. Not only has it been blessed with new downgrade-centric features, but it also works on devices running older versions of iOS. Read More

 

iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case: One month later

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 7, 2016

It’s been about a month since I purchased Apple’s highly-polarizing Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6s. During this period of time, I’ve been using the case almost non-stop. I did remove the Smart Battery Case for a few days during the past month to see what life was like without the extra battery life, but I was happy to return to it not long after my experiment.

Most, if not all, of my initial impressions still hold up a month later. The Smart Battery Case might not be the best looking design to come out of Cupertino, but in real world usage, this thing is a winner. Read More

 

How to disable auto-play videos on Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Having videos play automatically as you scroll through your Twitter timeline is cool unless the convenience comes at the expense of your mobile service bill. If you’re on a metered data plan, auto-playing videos can quickly eat into your data allowance and incur unwanted overage charges.

In this post, you will learn how to adjust your auto-play settings for videos, animated GIF images and Vine posts on Twitter, including turning off the feature entirely across Twitter’s mobile and desktop interfaces. Read More

 

Amid marked improvements, the biggest YouTuber in tech switches to Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2016

There’s a significant movement of change happening behind the scenes of the tech’s biggest YouTuber. Marques Brownlee—better known as MKBHD—a professional YouTuber with more than 3,000,000 subscribers, has taken his talents to Final Cut Pro X.

Newsworthy? Indeed. For one, Brownlee used Adobe Premiere Pro before making the switch, Apple’s biggest competitor among non-linear video editing systems. Even more significant is the reason why he switched—Final Cut Pro X results in quicker turnaround time—it allows him to export videos much faster, which allows him to keep his subscribers updated with new content more often.

The team at Apple deserves some major props for basically resurrecting an application that more than a few left for dead when it was rebooted back on June 21, 2011.

Since that fateful day, Apple has incrementally added many of the features back that the initial release eschewed for the sake of a starting with a clean 64-bit slate. 2015 was no different, as last spring’s 10.2 update added a unified import interface, smart collections for libraries and events, 3D Text, and custom presets.

That update followed significant improvements and additions like multicam support, XML import and export support, GPU-acceleration, RED camera support, ProRes 4444 XQ support, 4K support, and many other features that professional workflows demand. Just look at the Final Cut Pro X version history—it’s crazy how much the team has been able to both add and reimplement since 2011.

While it may be true that Apple’s updates to Final Cut Pro X aren’t as splashy and as sexy as Adobe’s updates to Premiere Pro CC, Apple’s iterative approach seems to be working over the long term. Not only is Final Cut Pro X adored by many popular YouTubers, it’s being used in Hollywood as well. More importantly, however, it has gained the love and respect of the most popular YouTuber in tech. For someone as influential as Brownlee is, that’s a significant feather in Apple’s cap going into the new year. Read More

 

Square Enix announces Final Fantasy IX coming soon to iOS

By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2015

Great news Final Fantasy fans! Square Enix on Thursday confirmed that FF IX is coming soon to iOS, Android and PC. As noted by TouchArcade, the studio has posted a teaser page for the game on its website, as well as an official trailer on YouTube.

Originally released in 2000, FF IX is the ninth title in the popular RPG franchise. The story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. Read More

 

Flash jailbreak tweak updated with improved Ambient Light Sensor level adjustments

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 28, 2015

Flash, the jailbreak tweak that uses the iPhone’s Ambient Light Sensor to display a shortcut to the LED flash, has been updated with a new preference panel. The 2015 jailbreak tweak of the year nominee now incorporates one of the suggestions from our review, and the result is a much better tweak overall.

This is a tool that allows you access to a quick flashlight shortcut on the Lock screen while in a dark environment. With the previous version of the tweak, the shortcut would appear at the slightest hint of darkness. With the update, users now have the option of adjusting the Light Level, making the tweak much less sensitive, which helps to reduce false positives. Read More

 

Sugr Cube review: the portable Wi-Fi speaker with gesture controls and good looks

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 28, 2015

The Sugr Cube ($229 on Amazon) is a portable wireless speaker with built in gesture controls. It features great design, with a stunning minimalistic wood exterior and a large power/volume knob on its rear. The Sugr Cube isn’t inundated with fiddly controls and buttons; in fact, the volume knob is the only moving part on the entire speaker.

The name of the device fits it well. Really, what’s more simple and sweet than a cube of sugar? This little device might be small and it might look unassuming, but there’s some interesting technology lurking beneath the surface, and some sweet sound ready to emanate from the tiny speaker housed inside of the wooden cube. Read More

 
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