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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

4.7-Inch iPhone 8 To Feature Battery Capacity Comparable To Current 5.5-Inch iPhone 7 Plus

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Prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back once again with yet more iPhone 8 predictions, this time professing that Apple’s next-generation smartphone will adopt a stacked logic board setup in order to maximize the battery life provided to users.
From an aesthetic design perspective, this shouldn’t really change much, but it will potentially result in the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 having comparable (or even more) battery life to Apple’s current 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus flagship. This – if true – will be a huge jump from what Apple has been providing us with thus far.
The KGI Securities analyst has a particularly impressive record of predicting Apple’s future plans, both in terms of updated product design and new product releases.
If the next-generation iPhone indeed comes packed with the said stacked logic board, it will result in a device featuring OLED display and a battery capacity comparable to that of 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus – all packed in a form factor which is similar in physical size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7. As for actual capacity of battery, Kuo predicts that the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 model will ship with an L-shaped two-cell battery boasting a 2,700mAh cell:
As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.
One of the things to take into consideration here is that an OLED display is actually a lot more power-efficient, and therefore battery friendly, compared to a device with an LCD display such as all the iPhone models to date. That in itself could mean that Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 8, with its new internal design and logic board, could provide a battery performance that goes well above and beyond what is currently being experienced with the larger iPhone 7 Plus model. That device currently has a 2,900mAh cell integrated into it, but it could be outperformed with the new technical DNA of the next-generation iPhone.
We’re sure that more will come into the public domain about this as time progresses, but for now, as things stand, all of the speculation points to an extremely impressive iPhone 8.
(Via: MacRumors)

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Trump: Apple CEO Tim Cook Considering Moving Some Production To US

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US President-elect Donald Trump is all over the news right now, as you might expect, and he’s been speaking about a recent conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the company’s manufacturing processes. According to Trump, Tim Cook said enough to suggest the company may be considering moving at least some of its product manufacturing to the United States and away from existing Foxconn facilities in China.
According to Trump, CEO Tim Cook has his “eyes open to it,” and that he “really believes [Cook] loves this country and I think he’d like to do something major here.” That’s far from a confirmation that Apple has plans in the pipeline to start making iPhones at home, but Trump seems confident that things are moving in that direction.trump-apple
Obviously, such a suggestion very much fits in with Trump’s ongoing quest to have everything from cars to computers be built in the United States rather than elsewhere, but we can’t imagine the incoming President making these kinds of things up. After all, he’s been so trustworthy to this point.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump is keen to mention Tim Cook’s name, and that of Apple as often as possible in the build up to his swearing in later this week.
We’re not sure at this point who he is trying to convince most, himself or the public, but if we take Trump at face value for the time being, the suggestion that Apple may bring manufacturing to the States has the potential for huge repercussions. Given the costs associated with such a move, could we see a price hike, for example? And what product lines would it affect?
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Given the flak Apple has received for the increase in MacBook Pro prices of late, we sure hope not. Trump has promised the company a significant tax cut if it is to go through with the migration, though how much of a difference that would make is unclear at this point.
(Source: Axios)

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Apple Makes iOS 10.2.1 Beta 4 Available To Download

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In a somewhat strange move, Apple has just made available to download iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices only three days after seeding iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 to developers registered on the Apple Developer Program portal.
This beta 4 release of iOS 10.2.1 follows hot on the heels of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 release, which too has been seeded earlier today only few days after its beta 3 seed.
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Carrying build number 14D27 compared to beta 3’s 14D23, it’s likely that beta 4 has been released quickly after beta 3 to fix a showstopper bug in iOS 10.2.1 before the final public rollout of the said firmware for all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
Generally, iOS 10.2.1 is nothing more than a small point release over iOS 10.2 which features bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements for overall stability of Cupertino company’s mobile operating system.
Those registered on Apple Developer Program, and have a previous beta version of iOS installed, can head to Settings > General > Software Update on their compatible iOS device right now to grab iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 OTA update. Those developers who haven’t installed Apple’s beta configuration profile yet though will need to first head to developer.apple.com to get started.
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It is important to note that iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 isn’t available to public beta testers as yet, and it will be interesting to see if Apple makes it available to testers registered on Apple Beta Software Program given that even beta 3 seed wasn’t released for public beta testers. In case Apple does release beta 4 seed of iOS 10.2.1 to public beta testers, we will of course update this post with info on it. Stay tuned.
Update x1: iOS 10.2.1 Public Beta 4 is now available to download for those registered on Apple Beta Software Program.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Apple Fall 2016 Event Roundup: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods, More

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It’s been a big day for Apple and fans of its hardware, and with new iPhones, new Apple Watches and a host of new features having received stage time, it’s easy to forget some of the news that we were bombarded with during the event. We’re still coming to terms with everything ourselves, so to make sure we’re all squared away and on the same page, let’s have a little rundown of what was announced today.
Because there was quite a bit.
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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Just as was expected and had been highly rumored for months, Apple today announced both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. Iterating on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, these newly updated handsets look largely similar to the models they replace at the head of Apple’s iPhone lineup, but internally, they are quite different. Alongside the Apple A10 Fusion chip that will apparently allow the iPhone 7 and its larger brother to smoke all iPhones that came before them, Apple’s biggest change this time around is the significantly improved camera. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature improved shooters front and back, but it’s the iPhone 7 Plus that has the real headline maker – a dual-camera setup that allows for some impressive depth-of-field effects when taking portrait shots. It also has optical zoom!
The biggest addition beyond that camera is the new Home/Touch ID button. Gone is the click mechanical button we are used to, and in comes a Force Touch button that, similar to the trackpad on Apple’s MacBook Pro, doesn’t actually move.
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Apple’s new iPhones come in Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and a new Jet Black flavor, which is about as black as phones get. Apple says it might scratch easily, though, so bear that in mind when choosing a color. New storage capacities are in force here too, with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB options available, but that Jet Black iPhone is only available in 128GB and 256GB configurations.
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The first revision for Apple’s wearable sees the Apple Watch become the Apple Watch Series 1, with a dual-core CPU and reduced price, while the new model is dubbed the Apple Watch Series 2. That second generation model brings a GPS chip, improved water resistance that now makes the wearable “swim proof,” and a redesigned CPU that now boasts two cores. There’s a new Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 2 as well, with typically gaudy colors to boot. Speaking of which, the high-end Apple Watch Series 2 now boast a ceramic white option, which looks really, really nice.
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Now that Apple has announced that it has ditched the earphone jack, wireless earphones are going to be all the rage. To that end, Apple has announced new wireless AirPods and new Beats headphones. The Beats option will be recognizable to anyone who’s seen Beats Bluetooth earphones before, but Apple’s new AirPods are something completely different. Completely wireless and compatible with anything Apple makes, the earphones look like EarPods, but without the wires. Whether that means they’ll fall out easily remains to be seen, but if they do, then expect to lose them. A lot. And that’s a bummer considering the hefty $159 price tag.
iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, watchOS 3
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As expected, Apple announced that iOS 10, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 will be available September 13th while macOS Sierra will be available on September 20th, with new Golden Master betas available to developers as of today. We’ve covered all of those updates in length already so we won’t rehash it here, but all four are worth your time to download, especially iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Just download them all!




    Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Ex Google and Apple employees have made a phone they claim gets better the longer you own it

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    San Francisco startup Nextbit is set to launch a new Android smartphone that it claims will improve over time. This new device will be launched on September 1, and will be the first smartphone produced by the new mobile developer, which comprises former Google, Apple, HTC and Amazon employees, and can name Google Ventures (Google's venture capital investment arm) as a backer.
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    In an interview with CNET, Nextbit said that the device “will perform better over time and function at a higher level” because of the company's continued optimization of the Android operating system. Nextbit Chief Technology officer Mike Chan added: “We’re focusing on a device that can adapt to you.”
    Quite what this means, or how this will affect the phone over its lifetime, we don’t yet know, but we'd have to assume it is something more than the standard Android software updates that other smartphones already receive. 
    Chief Executive Tom Moss, an ex-member of Google's Android team, says the phone is "going to be friggin' awesome."
    Nextbit’s experience in Cloud Storage will also play a part in the device's functionality; the company plans to use cloud technology to increase the device storage and allow you to carry "as many apps, photos and videos as you want.”

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    "Every day you grow as a person, so should your phone." How is Nextbit going to achieve its goal? / © Nextbit

    The device will cost in the region of US$300-400 and CNET said that the company is “looking to move forward with a different kind of premium device.” As it is being spearheaded by Scott Croyle, one of the key figures behind the HTC One’s design, it's probable the new smartphone will also have an attractive design. 
    We’ll have more on Nextbit's Android phone for you shortly, but we’re certainly intrigued by what we know so far. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Sunday, 26 July 2015

    iPhone vs Android comparison: does Android have the edge?

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    The smartphone market is an odd one: Android sells more phones, but Apple makes most of the money. The ongoing rivalry is good for fans of both platforms, but which one is better? We put them to the test in our iPhone vs Android comparison.
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    iPhone vs Android comparison: hardware

    The iPhone has been around since 2007, but Apple’s iOS operating system doesn’t support the iPhone 4 or its predecessors: iOS only runs on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That isn’t likely to change with the release of iOS 9 this fall.
    Where Apple effectively offers five different iPhones, Android phones suffer from no such limitations: the latest version of Android, Lollipop, ships on smartphones from Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, Motorola, Acer, ZTE, Huawei, OnePlus… you get the idea. What that means in practice is that you’re much more likely to find an Android device that fits your particular needs, because the choice is much greater.
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    Apple doesn't offer the massive range of hardware options that Android delivers. / © Apple

    iPhone vs Android comparison: software

    The current version of iOS, iOS 8, is about to be replaced with iOS 9, but it's more of a maintenance release than a massive update. The emphasis is on performance and battery improvements for the iPhone. In many respects it appears to be playing catch-up with Android.
    There’s a new Google Now-esque feature called Proactive, and the same kind of battery optimization that Google introduced in Lollipop. The traffic isn’t one way - for example, the imminent Android M has visual voicemail, a feature that Apple introduced nearly a decade ago - but it does mean that Android and iOS are more similar than they’ve ever been.
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    The next Android, Android M, will also ship this fall. The biggest feature is Google Now on Tap, which extends Google Now into third-party apps, and there’s a massively improved permissions system to give you control over what data and features your apps can access. Under the hood there’s more optimization for power usage and a new feature, Doze, to improve standby time through the use of motion detectors - so your phone will know if you’re not using it and power down accordingly.
    This, combined with the App Standby feature - which lowers apps' background activity when your phone's in standby mode - drastically improves battery life, according to early tests. There’s also USB-C support for much faster charging.
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    iPhone vs Android comparison: apps

    On paper, Android is ahead of the iPhone when it comes to apps: as of May 2015 there were 1.5 million apps available for Android and 1.4 million for the iPhone. However, as Android owners are all too aware, that figure includes an awful lot of very poor quality apps, shameless rip-offs and the odd bit of malware too.
    You’ll find the big-name apps on both platforms, but there are some notable differences. For example iOS is much better served for music apps, and developers of paid-for apps tend to develop for iOS first. That’s for the simple reason that iPhone users are more likely to pay for apps than Android users are.
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    iPhone vs Android comparison: mobile payments

    Despite Google entering the mobile payment market first, Android is playing catch-up with Apple. Apple Pay, which is only available on the Apple Watch and the iPhone 5S/6/6 Plus, is getting far more attention than Google Wallet ever did. Time for a relaunch, then: Google Wallet will soon be rebranded as Android Pay.
    Like its predecessor, Android Pay will use NFC to let customers make mobile payments initially in 700,000 locations around the US (we think it's no coincidence that Apple said Apple Pay was available in 700,000 locations back in March). We’ve got a detailed Android Pay vs Apple Pay comparison right here.
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    Mobile payments are quite exciting in the US, but Europeans are used to contactless bank cards. / © Apple

    iPhone vs Android comparison: wearable computing and home automation

    Apple has the Apple Watch, but Android has Android Wear - so as with phones, you have a choice of a few models of the same Apple product or an entire world of choice from Android firms. The Watch is probably nicer than many Android Wear devices, but it’s also a lot more expensive - and if we’re honest, neither platform has really become a must-have just yet.
    Both the iPhone and Android are compatible with many other wearables, such as Pebble watches, fitness and health trackers and so on. They’re also increasingly connecting to home automation devices such as smart thermostats (Google bought Nest, the firm responsible for the best such device), security cameras and so on. In most cases you’ll find that such devices work with both platforms.
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    Android Wear offers more choice, but Apple's Watch is probably prettier. / © Motorola

    iPhone vs Android comparison: which is best?

    We can’t answer that, because the answer depends entirely on what matters to you. Build quality? iPhone. Openness? Android. Ease of use? iPhone. Customization? Android. Apps? iPhone, mainly. Affordability? Android, mainly. You get the idea.
    What’s interesting, though, is how similar the platforms are becoming. Android firms are doing a pretty good job of matching Apple’s design smarts, while Apple has clearly noticed how much people like Google Now. The platforms may be bitter rivals, but their battle is driving big improvements in both iPhones and Android devices - and that means everybody’s a winner.
    What do you think? Are there areas where Apple is beaten soundly with an Android stick? Are there a few Apple tricks Google should nick? Let us know in the comments.

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    Apple Watch Waterproofing Detailed

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    One of the surprise aspects of the Apple Watch has turned out to be its rather unexpected water resistance, if not waterproofing capabilities. Apple has cautiously given its first wrist worn gadget an IPX7 water resistance rating and warns users against submerging the Watch completely in water. But as it turns out, Apple’s wrist-slapped contraption goes well beyond that, at least as far as its physical aspects are concerned, and one developer is already exploring these possibilities for tracking water based activities.
    Craig Hockenberry, an iOS developer, has been following all the news and reports coming in about the Apple Watch’s waterproofing abilities even though Apple clearly has stated that while the Watch is safe to use when washing hands, in rain, or even during shower, it is not meant to be submerged fully in water for swimming activities. But since Apple Watch hassurvived previous such tests, it leads the developer to believe that Apple has possibly run with a play-safe policy here, while doing its best to waterproof it.
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    After taking the Watch for a swim in a pool, Hockenberry has discovered that the capacitive touchscreen on the Watch ceases to register touch input – including Force Touch – under water, and in some occasions, the water may also activate a swipe function on the display. Besides, any workout if tracked will not be entirely accurate as it will have to be started before getting into the water, and stopped when out. This could also be another reason why Apple discourages taking Watch for a swim as it’s clearly not designed to work efficiently in such conditions.
    Hockenberry has also taken the Watch for a swim in ocean. As he discovered, physically the Watch fared pretty well despite the mix of sands and salts in the sea water. Although he does suggest to wash the Watch with fresh water after use in ocean to prevent salt corrosion
    The writer concludes that while Apple Watch has surprised everyone with its durability in water, Apple doesn’t recommend using it underwater more because of its erratic behavior when in wet conditions than anything else.
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    Because of this, it is unlikely that watchOS 2 will improve tracking in such conditions. Also don’t expect Apple to approve swimming apps, at least not until Apple comes with a proper solution for this. Maybe in hardware 2.0.
    If Apple Watch water capabilities interests you, the article by Craig Hockenberry is worth a read. 
    (via: MacRumors)

    Sunday, 5 July 2015

    Here's how to run Android apps on your apple Mac

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    If you’ve ever wanted to run your favorite Android apps or games on your iMac, Mac Mini or MacBook, we’ve got good news: you can do it, it’s easy, and it won’t cost you a penny. Here’s how to run Android apps on your Mac.
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    How to run Android apps on your Mac: what you need

    There are several ways to run Android apps on your Mac. You can install the ARC Welder app in Google Chrome and run apps inside the browser, although you can only run one app at a time. You can install the free Bluestacks app, which emulates an Android phablet and enables you to run most Android apps inside its window.
    Or you could try Andy The Android Emulator, which enables you to use your phone as a joystick (via an additional app) while the Android emulator app runs on your desktop. That’s the option we’re going to show you here.

    Why would you want to run Android apps on your Mac anyway?

    The bigger screen’s a big plus, of course, but running apps on an emulator also solves one of the little problems of mobile devices: they often come with fairly limited storage. That isn’t usually an issue on a computer, so you can install many more apps. You might want to use an emulator to try out an app without risking your everyday device, or you might just want access to an Android app that isn’t available for your Mac.

    How to run Android apps on your Mac: installing Andy the Android Emulator

    Installing Andy couldn’t be simpler. Pop along to andyroid.net on your Mac and download the package. When it’s finished downloading you’ll find the Andy .dmg file in your Downloads folder. Double-click on that to open it. You should now see a window with the Andy package file (.pkg): double-click that to launch the installer.

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    Double-clicking the Andy .dmg file in your downloads folder should make this happen. / © ANDROIDPIT

    It’s a standard Mac installer so it’s just a matter of clicking through the screens, agreeing to the license agreement and then letting the installer do its thing. Once it’s finished you can launch Andy by going into your Applications folder and double-clicking on Andy.

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    How to run Android apps on your Mac: using Andy the Android Emulator

    When you first run Andy you’ll need to enter your Google Account details. If you’ve enabled multi-factor authentication (which you really should: it keeps your account safe) you’ll need to enter the verification code Google sends you before you can continue. You’ll also be asked for your account details again so Andy can sync your settings between the emulator and your other devices via the 1ClickSync app.

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    Once you’ve done all that, Android will boot into the home screen. Andy emulates a Galaxy Tab 3 running Android 4.2.2, and as you’ll discover it runs very quickly. To install apps, it’s just a matter of going into the Google Play store and installing them from there: apps then run exactly as they would on a Galaxy.
    You’ll also see additional buttons at the bottom of the screen: these enable you to switch from landscape to portrait mode or to enter full screen mode, which is pretty impressive on a 27-inch iMac and really useful for strategy games or anything else where bigger is better. The Andy window is scalable too, so you can make it any size you like and everything resizes to fit the new dimensions.
    You can also use the buttons to allow or block use of your Mac’s microphone and camera.

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    If you’ve used OS emulators before you might be wondering about performance: does running Andy slow the rest of your Mac to a crawl? The happy answer is no: a quick check in Activity Monitor shows that Andy (and its VirtualBox engine) running Clash of Clans takes up just under 2.5 GB of system memory and about 40 percent of CPU; idling, it takes up about 6 percent of CPU and the same amount of RAM. We did encounter the odd crash and freeze, but nothing that a quick Force Quit of the Andy app couldn’t solve.
    Do you use Andy, or are you more of a Bluestacks fan? Let us know in the comments.

    Cydia 1.1.20 Released: Supports iTunes Backup For Sources List, Bug Fixes, More

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    A new version of Cydia is now out! Up to version 1.1.20, this release comes only two days after a major version 1.1.19 was released which among other things brought in support for running Cydia Substrate tweaks inside Cydia Installer.
    Cydia’s new version 1.1.20 is mainly a bug fix release, which aims to fix a number of issues present in the previous releases of Cydia. This includes fix for: section hiding crash, ‘Ignore Upgrades’ not working properly, half-installed stage for packages and storage info showing incorrect values.
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    The biggest change in 1.1.20 is support for backing up your Cydia’s sources/repositories list to iTunes. What this really means is that from now on whenever you make a backup to iTunes, list of your sources/repos in Cydia will be included in the iTunes backup. The next time when you Restore your device, jailbreak and then restore iTunes backup, all of your sources/repos will be back in Cydia. This feature was actually added in Cydia 1.1.19 but Saurik forgot to include this in the changelog hence no one actually knew about this until today.
    The full changelog of version 1.1.20 is as follows:
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    If you went to “Sources”, tapped “All Sources” (or an individual source), tapped “Edit”, and toggled section hiding on or off, Cydia could crash. (This feature lets you hide specific categories of packages from showing up in “Changes” if you aren’t interested in them.) Cydia should no longer crash when you do that.
    Ignore Upgrades Didn’t Do Anything
    If you had gone to “Change Package Settings” at the top of a package page for an installed package, and then chose “Ignore Upgrades” (which means “do not include this package when selecting Upgrade All”), that feature wasn’t doing anything. It should now work again.
    “Fix Half-Installed Package”… Didn’t
    Ordinarily when a package installation fails for some reason, it can be left in a “half-installed” state, and Cydia offers to fix this state for you — but this wasn’t working. Now if you get a half-installed package and accept the option to fix it, it should get fixed.
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    If you went to the Cydia homepage, tapped “Storage Information”, and tapped “Storage” to learn how much room you have for new packages, Cydia reported strange numbers. Cydia should report reasonable numbers now.
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    When we wrote the changelog for Cydia 1.1.19, we forgot to mention that as of Cydia 1.1.19, your sources list is now included in your iTunes backup. This means that if you add a few sources, backup your jailbroken device, restore, and both put your backup onto your device and jailbreak again, Cydia will conveniently have your list of sources including the ones you added.
    To update your jailbroken device to Cydia 1.1.20, simply launch Cydia, tap on Changes tab followed by Refresh and then wait for Cydia to prompt you with an “Essential Upgrade” message as shown in the screenshot below.
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    Once you get this message, tap on “Complete Upgrade” to get onto the latest version of Cydia.
    In case Cydia doesn’t prompt you with “Essential Upgrade” message, after refreshing packages in Changes tab, simply search for Cydia Installer and then update (Modify->Upgrade) to the latest version.
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    Saturday, 4 July 2015

    4th Of July Premium iOS Apps Sale, Download Them All For Free Today [2015 Edition]

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    With today being the famous 4th of July and Will Smith fighting aliens and such, we thought it might be a good time to check out some premium iOS apps and games that would have cost you a pretty penny normally, but are inexplicably currently available for the bargaintastic price of absolutely nothing. You do like bargains, don’t you?
    We often bring you offers like this, usually on a weekly basis, but the titles often range from cheap to fairly cheap before going free. The apps on offer right now are a cut above the rest, offering premium experiences for the cost of nothing but your time. You owe it to yourself to download them now, before the price goes back up!
    Let’s have a look.
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    Star Walk 2 ($2.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)
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    A great app if you want to teach your kids about the stars or even if you just want to brush up on your own knowledge, Star Walk 2 is what smartphones and tablets were made for.
    You can download the app from here.
    Infinity Blade ($5.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)
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    Still a great game to play, the original Infinity Blade may be getting a little long in the tooth but it still commands a hefty price. Except for this weekend, where you can download it for nothing. Which you totally should do.
    You can download the app from here.
    2Do ($14.99  – FREE / iPhone and iPad)
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    One of the more expensive apps on the App Store, 2Do is a well-liked app for keeping track of tasks, and if you’ve ever been put off trying it by that price tag then now is the time to hit that download button. Strike while the iron is hot, fellow to-do-er!
    You can download the app from here.
    Power ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone)
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    A no-nonsense app for the Apple Watch that lets you view your iPhone’s battery right on your wrist as a Glance. Currently free, Power is an app every Apple Watch user should have.
    You can download the app from here.
    Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow HD ($6.99 – FREE / iPad)
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    Quite the bargain given its normal price, this free iPad game doesn’t even have any in-app purchases for you to contend with. Solve the mystery and save your fellow agents for free today.
    You can download the app from here.
    So what are you waiting for? Download them all before the price goes back up!
    All of the above mentioned apps are available to download directly from the App Store.
    Note: These apps are available for free for a limited time only. Download them as soon as possible since such deals don’t ordinarily last for more than 24 hours after posting.

    Apple Pay UK Reportedly Set For July 14th Launch

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    Good news fellow UK dwellers, because after months of waiting to hear when Apple Pay was coming to the island we now know just when it will make its long awaited appearance, with leaked documents pegging July 14th as the big go-live.
    Apple announced that the UK would receive Apple Pay during its WWDC opening keynote, with a simple launch timeframe of July given. Now, with documents starting to leak out – courtesy9to5Mac – of retail outlets in the country, it is becoming clear that July 14th is the day that Apple Pay will become available to those with iPhones and accounts with the right banks.
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    The report, citing multiple sources as well as Apple employees, is the first to give us a hard date for when Apple Pay will be switched on for the UK and is backed up by a photo of documentation which appears to have July 14th down as the date Apple Pay goes live in retail stores. It is unclear which retail store the document originated from, though other documentation does bear the Waitrose name. One of the UK’s supermarkets, Waitrose will begin accepting Apple Pay at its stores on July 14th.
    Apple Pay allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners as well as those with an Apple Watch to pay for goods using nothing but their phone or wrist. Removing the need to carry cards, Apple Pay features added security because retailers never see the card number used to make the payment, with Apple keeping such information stored securely in the smartphone’s Secure Element. Touch ID acts as the method of authentication, with the need for PINs or signatures removed completely.
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    In the UK all major banks are taking advantage of Apple Pay bar the notable exception of Barclays, though the bank does say it is in dialog with Apple over the technology.
    When Apple Pay does go live officially in the UK, we will definitely have the news covered right here, along with a list of all major outlets and bank supporting Apple’s contactless payment system, so stay tuned for the big day.
    Mark your calendars for July 14th, people.

    Dr. Dre Gets New Beats 1 Radio Show, Eminem’s New Video Debuts On Apple Music

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    Apple Music has been off to a great start for those who signed up following its launch on June 30th, and while the ability to stream music is the service’s marquee feature, it’s the Beats 1 Internet radio station that is currently getting a lot of attention. Fronted by popular DJs such as ex-BBC man Zane Lowe, the 24-hour station is also set to feature shows presented by some of the music industry’s biggest names.
    One of those, Dr. Dre, will see his new show The Pharmacy air today, July 4th at 3pm PST, Apple has announced. After today, the show will settle into a weekly berth, running at the same time each week. According to Apple, Dre’s shows will last an hour apiece and will be co-hosted by Eddie Francis while featuring such recording artists as Wyann Vaughn and DJ Pooh. Music from DJ Jus Incredible will also be putting in an appearance, we are told.
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    As part of its current media push, Apple has also shown off a new video that promotes Eminem’s new single, Phenomenal. Posting a teaser video to Instagram, the full 7-minute video features names like John Malkovich while Apple products also make an appearance. Both the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch get some air time, with Apple keen to associate the products with its new music venture.
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    Right now Apple is using its clout in the music industry to batter its new streaming competition into submission, with few others able to call on the big names that Apple can. The Beats 1 Internet radio station is another string to Apple Music’s bow, and one that the likes of Spotify cannot yet compete with.
    Apple Music costs $9.99 per month and is available as part of a three-month trial, also. If you haven’t given Apple Music a shot just yet on your iOS device, then you can take the service for spin on your desktop as well, which is part of the iTunes 12.2 update that was pushed out the same day Apple Music went live around the globe.

    Friday, 3 July 2015

    Apple Silently Killed Off Home Sharing For Music In iOS 8.4 Update

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    iOS is continuously being worked on, supported, updated and rolled out to compatible devices immediately the world over. Such was the case with this week’s release of iOS 8.4. However, it seems that has Apple provided a significant update with one hand, it used the other to silently remove a popular feature that has been utilized by many users all around the world – Home Sharing for music content.
    Home Sharing, which essentially allows users to use an iOS device connected to a WiFi network to access and share iTunes content like movies, TV shows, videos, music from a Mac or PC, is a longstanding feature provided by Apple that has been used regularly by millions but rarely picks up praise for the power that it provides. It is most definitely one of the most under-appreciated features provided by the Cupertino company, but as of iOS 8.4 it looks as though Home Sharing of music content is no longer available. It has been silently removed by Apple without any prior warning to those it could affect. Home Sharing for all other type of content is still supported.
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    The introduction of iOS 8.4 will largely be remembered as the first time the new Apple Music streaming service was made available on iOS devices. However, if you take a second to look through the extremely active Apple forums then it looks like a lot of users around the world will remember 8.4 as the version of iOS that did away with a staple feature that had been present since iOS 4.3. Those users are no longer able to turn an old iPad or iPod touch into a music streaming device linked up to a pair of speakers that accessed iTunes music from a computer. Sad times.
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    Rather than make a song and dance about the removal of the feature, it seems that Apple has chosen to silently update its Home Sharing support page to reflect the change. It’s also worth noting that this change for music content doesn’t yet affect the Apple TV. Without any official word from Apple on the decision to remove the Home Sharing for music feature, it’s hard to say exactly why it had to be the case. However, with the introduction of Apple Music in iOS 8.4 it’s logical to hypothesize that Apple’s licensing agreement with labels and content providers doesn’t allow for music to be streamed over WiFi. Hence the removal.
    But hey, we still have Home Sharing for video to mull over, so all is not lost just yet.
    (Source: Apple)

    Thursday, 2 July 2015

    Download Free App Of The Week From iOS App Store And Google Play [$8 Value]

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    It’s that time again, where both Apple and Google choose an app to be made free for 7 days, with the app then returning to its previous price once the offer is over. Over the months and years we have seen some truly excellent apps represented as part of Apple’s free App of the Week, with Google putting its food into the water just recently. Both Google and Apple have announced the apps that they chose for their respective app store offers this week, with both likely to prove popular.
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    On the Android front, fans of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends will be pleased to learn that a game featuring the blue steam engine is now available for free via Google Play. Free for a week and normally costing $4.99, Thomas’s Musical Day For Percy has players exploring Sodor as Thomas gets ready to put on a musical show. If that doesn’t sound awesome, then we don’t know what happened to your childhood!
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    As for iPhone and iPad fans, Apple’s free App of the Week is Star Walk 2, and usually costs $2.99. Available to download form the App Store for free right now, this app teaches people about the stars using up to date charts and is described as a “next-generation tool for not only learning the exact position of stars, planets, constellations, comets, ISS, satellites, star clusters, nebulae and meteor showers in the night sky.”
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    Both apps are worth their asking price, but when apps like these become free for a limited time then we recommend downloading them without delay. Star Walk 2 is a great little app for learning about the night sky, and Thomas’s Musical Day For Percy is great fun for both kids and big kids alike. If you grew up with Thomas as a kid, then all the more reason to download the app today.
    Star Walk 2 for iOS can be downloaded directly from the App Store here, whereas Thomas’s Musical Day For Percy for Android can be grabbed directly from the Google Play here.

    VLC Media Player For iOS Updated With Apple Watch Support

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    The port of the VLC media player app to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has stood the test of time to prove itself as one of the most popular media type apps on the iOS App Store, and the recent update will only serve to increase that popularity. Version 2.6.0, which should be showing as an immediate update via the App Store is a significant improvement over the previous version and shows that continued development of the platform is on the cards.
    One of the most important aspects of version 2.6.0 is undoubtedly the built-in support for the new Apple Watch. Users of VLC for iOS who are lucky enough to have one of Apple’s cutting-edge timepieces are now able to control the app directly from their wrists with playback control and library browsing as well as the functionality to view information on the currently playing media. Accompanying Apple Watch apps seem to be all the rage at the moment, but it actually feels like VLC has put a lot of thought into capturing areas of the product that can be best utilized by Apple’s tiny screen.
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    In addition to the integration of Apple Watch functionality, the latest VLC update also offers a plethora of new features and improvements. The engineering team behind the app have added in a new mini-player that allows the browsing of libraries during video playback as well as the ability to continuously loop through any set up playlists. The team has also paid a lot of attention to improving existing feature sets, such as remote command support and Web interface and thumbnail performance on devices powered by Apple’s older A5 chipsets.
    A number of extremely annoying crashes have also been eradicated from VLC for iOS. A persistent bug that causes a crash when playing media from a folder or album via an iPad has been traced down and fixed, as has a potential privacy leak that could occur when using a passcode to protect a library from prying eyes.
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    All in all the 2.6.0 VLC for iOS update is an extremely solid one that probably won’t get the credit it deserves due to how many silent bug and crash fixes that it actually contains. Still, it’s yet another popular app that now supports the Apple Watch, which is great news for Apple and users alike.
    (Download: VLC for iOS on the App Store)

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015

    How To Disable Apple Music Auto Subscription Renewal

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    Apple Music may be free for the first three months for all users, but as it turns out, there’s a slight catch to it. The service requires users to sign up for a subscription plan using their iTunes account, and whether you like the offering or not, you will be automatically charged for the fourth month. Here’s a brief guide on how to avoid that from happening on iOS or iTunes.
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    Step 1: To begin, launch the new Music app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
    Step 2: On the top left corner you will see a silhouette icon – that’s your account, tap that once.
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    Step 3: An overview of your account will be laid out here. Tap on ‘View Apple ID.’
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    Step 4: You may have to scroll down a bit till you see an option titled ‘Manage’ under ‘Subscriptions.’ Tap it.
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    Step 5: You will now be looking at all of your iTunes subscriptions. Look for ‘Your Membership’ for ‘Apple Music’ and tap it.
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    Step 6: Details about your Apple Music membership will be displayed on this page, including the time when the free-trial ends. To stop Apple Music from automatically charging you for the fourth month, simply disable ‘Automatic Renewal’ and you’re set.
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    Step 1: Launch iTunes 12.2 on your PC or Mac and click your account button (the silhouette), displayed on the top-right corner of the window.
    Step 2: From the drop-down menu, click ‘Account Info.’
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    Step 3: Scroll down to the ‘Settings’ section, and hit the ‘Manage’ button next to ‘Subscriptions.’
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    Step 4: Now click on the ‘Edit’ button next to your Apple Music membership, then select ‘Automatic Renewal’ to ‘Off.’
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    While the steps outlined above cover both iOS and iTunes desktop users, it is important to note that once you turn off the Automatic Renewal in one place, it stays off across the board. Which means once you turn if off in iOS, it will turn off in iTunes on desktop as well and vice versa.
    Apple is currently offering two membership plans for the new music streaming service: an individual plan costing $9.99/month, and a family plan (over six people) for $14.99/month.