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  1. How to Opt Out of iOS Beta Updates and Reinstall iOS 10.2.1 on Your iPhone/iPad The tutorial also applies to iPod touch devices iOS 10.2.1 is the first point release to the iOS 10.2 series. It received a total of four Beta/Public Beta versions during its entire development cycle since mid-December last year. The last one was seeded only ten days ago. Like many of us running the iOS 10.2.1 Public Beta 4 release, it turns out you'll not receive the final version of iOS 10.2.1, which some will say it's identical with the last Beta, but what if your device is not working properly and you are still experiencing bugs. For example, we found out that, since we've installed the last Public Beta versions of iOS 10.2.1 on our iPhone 6 device, some applications were very slow to load and not so responsive like they used to be. Also, we noticed major battery drains. Removing the iOS Public Beta profile If you're experiencing the same issues on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device, it's time to refresh it by reinstalling the operating system. First off, make sure that you have a recent iCloud backup, or at least a local backup in iTunes. It's time to remove the Public Beta profile (you can always reinstall it at a later time if you still want to use upcoming Beta versions), so open the Settings app, go to General, scroll down to the Profile section and click it. Then, remove the iOS Beta profile by pressing the red "Delete Profile" button. Restoring the device and reinstalling iOS Connect your device to your personal computer, where the latest version of iTunes needs to be installed (make sure you have the latest version installed, 12.5.5 at the moment of writing). With the device connected to your PC, enter DFU mode. Entering DFU Mode is as simple as pressing and holding both the Power and Home buttons on your device until you see the Apple logo on the screen. Release the Power button but keep holding the Home one until the "Connect to iTunes" logo appears. iTunes will soon offer you the option to "Restore and Update" the device. Click the "Restore and Update" button and the application will tell you that iOS 10.2.1 is available. Click OK and let it download the update. Once iTunes completes downloading iOS 10.2.1 from Apple's servers, it will soon begin installing it on your device. You don't have to do anything at this point, just don't touch anything and make sure your computer has enough battery or that it's plugged in. Reset and erase the device to restore it from a backup Just before iOS 10.2.1 finishes installing, iTunes will display a message saying "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked. To set up and sync this iPhone, click Continue." Click the "Continue" button and iTunes will immediately detect your device. At this point, you need to set up your device by pressing the Home button. Choose your preferred language and region. On the next screen, you'll have to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Then, enable the location services, or simply don't. It doesn't matter, because we're going to reset and erase the device anyway, so there's no need to set up Touch ID now. When you reach the home screen, open the Settings app, go to the Reset section and press on "Erase All Content and Settings." Erase your device, which will bring you to the setup screen again. So, this time, make sure that you set up everything correctly, including Touch ID, location services, etc., and, after entering your Apple ID, you can finally choose to restore from a backup. Select the restore method you want (we prefer the iCloud backup) and let your device restore the backup, which can take a few good minutes. Once everything is restored, you can unlock your device and access the home screen. Most of the apps will continue to download and install in the background, so you'll have to wait a little longer for everthing to be exactly like it was before you've started all this. Congratulations, you refreshed your device and have the final iOS 10.2.1 installed, too. Source
  2. CopyTrans Manager 1.113 Looking for a faster, lighter and free alternative iPod, iPad, iPhone manager? You are looking for a free and portable iTunes alternative to quickly organize your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? CopyTrans Manager is the perfect replacement to iTunes and allows you to add, edit and delete music, videos, apps, audiobooks, podcasts, playlists, tags etc on-the-go. CopyTrans Manager is a lightweight, yet powerful tool to manage your iPhone and iPod without iTunes. Add music, videos, apps etc, edit tag details like artist, album, ratings, add lyrics and cover art, create and edit iPhone playlists, delete tracks from iPod and iPhone, or play your iPhone music directly on the PC. CopyTrans Manager is the first iTunes replacement to fully support the iPad, the iTouch and the iPhone. Forget the iTunes synchronization limitations and add music, apps and videos to any iPod Touch on any computer. Whether you're at work and you can't install iTunes or on the road and need to quickly organize your iPod Touch or iPhone, CopyTrans Manager is the perfect replacement to iTunes. Changelog: Version 1.113 adds compatibility iTunes 12.5.1.21 based iOS drivers. License: Freeware System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 Homepage: http://www.copytrans.net/ Download: http://www.copytrans.net/bin/CopyTransManagerv1.113.zip
  3. Who doesn’t know about Siri? Being an iPhone, iPod or any Apple product user, you must be aware of Siri. If you know about Siri, then this article will let you know much more about Siri. Siri is a computer program that acts as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator for iOS operating system. Siri is integrated with voice control system and performs tasks according to your voice commands, lets you to use your voice to make or receive call, send messages, schedule alarms or meetings and more. This personal assistant understands what you say, not only that she understands what you mean and even talks you back just like a real personal assistant. You can ask Siri whatever you want to get a plausible answer. Most of the people find it amusing to ask Siri funny questions and Siri is as amusing to give unexpected replies. Here is a list of some really funny questions you can ask to Siri and even funnier replies that you would get. Are you stupid? I’m smart enough to know not to answer that question. How do I look? My instructor told me never to answer this. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Siri has smart answers to that. Siri, “I checked their calendars. They both have the same birthdays”. “Chicken, egg, chicken, egg, chicken, egg, chicken egg. Oops. Stack overflow.” “Some believes an ancient ‘proto-chicken’ laid an egg containing a DNA mutation that resulted in a chicken hatching from said egg. Hope that helps”. 25+ Funniest Questions to ask to Siri – Hilarious Siri Replies
  4. Apple releases 'important security update' for iPhone after spyware discovery The patch comes after the discovery of spyware circulating in the Middle East. Apple has released a security fix for iPhones and iPads following the discovery of malware targeting the platform that was found circulating in the Middle East. The iPhone and iPad maker released the patch, iOS 9.3.5, on Thursday, calling it an "important security update". The patches fix three vulnerabilities, dubbed "Trident" by security firm Lookout, which could be used to access the device's location, read contacts, texts, calls, and emails, as well as turn on the device's microphone. The company said that spyware that exploited the vulnerabilities were developed by an Israel-based company specializing in zero-day exploits. Citizen Lab explained in a blog post that it had uncovered an operation by the security services of the United Arab Emirates to try to get into the iPhone of a renowned human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor. The Canada-based security lab said that the UAE, which has long been criticized for its poor human rights record, could turn an affected iPhone into "a sophisticated bugging device", adding: "They would have been able to turn on his iPhone's camera and microphone to record Mansoor and anything nearby, without him being wise about it. They would have been able to log his emails and calls -- even those that are encrypted end-to-end. And, of course, they would have been able to track his precise whereabouts," said the blog post. Lookout said that the flaws included a memory corruption flaw in WebKit, which would let an attacker exploit a device when a user clicks on an affected link. Two other kernel vulnerabilities would let an attacker jailbreak the device, and then the attacker can silently install malware to carry out surveillance. Apple fixed the vulnerabilities within 10 days of being informed by Citizen Lab and Lookout. A spokesperson for Apple said in an email to ZDNet: "We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits." Users can install the update over the air through the phone or tablet's settings. Source
  5. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS 3.5.0.25 ML + Key Freaking out cause you accidently deleted photos, text messages or other crucial stuff on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? iPhone is broken or damaged and now the data’s gone? Failed updates kill your data? Whatever the problem, the doctor is in! Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is an easy-to-use tool that can help you easily recover data that you thought you’d lost forever, such as photos & videos, contacts, SMS, call logs, memos and more! It offers you two kinds of recovery mode: to recover data directly from the iOS device and to retrieve previous data by extracting it from iTunes backup! Extract iTunes Backup for all iOS Devices, including iPhone 5/4S Supported iOS devices: iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2/1 & iPod touch 5/4. Recover 11 kinds of files: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, Safari bookmark, Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Message attachments and Voice memos. Recover deleted data: Recover not only existing data in the backup, but also those data deleted from your device before you made the backup, as long as they were not overwritten. Supported data loss circumstances: Accidently deleted files on your iOS device; your device is crashed, smashed or broken; the device is locked by a forgotten password; your device is lost or wiped (eg. freshly upgraded to a new iOS, restored to factory settings, jailbroken or refurbished). Preview What You’ve Lost before Recovery Preview all photos one by one in camera roll, photo library and photo stream.Check the contacts in detail, including address, job title and custom tags, etc., and recover them as a VCF, CSV or HTML file.Read SMS contents including iMessages, photos, videos, etc. to save them as a HTML file on your computer.View the call history containing FaceTime records.Re-sync Recovered Data to Your iOS Device Import the recovered contacts in VCF format to your iOS device.Put the recovered photos and videos back to your iOS device.Homepage: http://www.wondershare.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Language: ML Tablet: Key Size: 38,81 MB
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  7. TL;DR: Download the official CBS Sports app or watch at CBSSports.com. They'll even have the same commercials! If you're in America Truthfully, it couldn't be simpler to watch Super Bowl 50 — roman numerals are out for this year, because "L" doesn't look good on a t-shirt — if you're inside the United States. On your Apple TV, snag the official CBS Sports tvOS app that's currently featured in the App Store. If you don't see it on the front page, navigate to Search and look for "CBS Sports." On your Mac, you can load up CBS's live stream in your web browser of choice. You can even shoot it to your television using Airplay if you've got an Apple TV 2 or later and a Mac made after mid-2011. On your iPhone or iPad, grab the CBS Sports app from the App Store if you're a Verizon Wireless customer — mobile streaming is exclusive to Verizon thanks to a sponsorship deal. Otherwise, much like the Mac, you should be able to access the stream through Safari and AirPlay the video to your favorite Apple TV-equipped set. If you're somewhere else If you're out of the country, the NFL has an official — if expensive — option for you. NFL GamePass will cost you $25 for the Super Bowl, but you'll also get access to footage of every game played between 2009 and 2014 until Feb. 17. If you'd rather go the free route via CBS, you'll need a VPN or smart DNS provider that can make CBS think you're in the U.S. There are a number of great options, but Unblock-Us and Unotelly are two of the most popular. source
  8. Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes Australian study finds lowest-ever digital literacy scores coincide with the iPad age The growing prevalence of smartphones and tablets in homes and schools may be retarding kids' development of IT skills, according to an Australian study. The research in question was conducted by Australia's National Assessment Program (NAP_, a body that undertakes research of students' skills. Every three years, NAP assesses science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy. The latter was tested in 2014 and results emerged this week. Those tested were in what Australia calls Year 6 and Year 10. Year 6 is Australia's last year of Primary School and kids turn 12 during the school year. Year 10 kids typically turn 16 and complete their fourth year of High School along the way. 10,500 students participated in the online assessments, randomly selected from different schools around Australia. Tasks that students were asked to complete included: Use a blog and a comparative search engine to identify a venue for a sports picnic and to select sports equipment, then use tailored graphics software to produce invitations that included a map generated by using embedded mapping software;Work with a scenario of three students forming a music band that has won a talent contest and been invited to enter an interstate competition. Tasks included to help the band by completing the online registration for the competition, promote the band’s next gig through social media and set up a crowd-funding web page to raise money;A student is asked to set up a tablet computer to access the internet, install a number of applications on the tablet computer, set up one of the applications to collect weather data and use software to manage the data;A scenario where a student is part of a design team creating an animated video about water safety around lakes and dams, which is aimed at upper primary school students, and for which the student is required to upload a file to a video website, adjust settings on a video website and use specific software to make a video.The method used to score digital literacy is complex, but is consistent across the four cycles of testing. And as the table below shows, the 2014 result shows that Year 6 kids have descended below the digital literacy levels recorded in 2008 and Year 10 scores are at an all-time low. If you're reading this table of digital literacy results in Australia, you probably can't understand it Why is Australia doing so badly? The report's authors advance a theory that kids are now using mobile devices that require different skills and a different style of teaching. Here's what the report's conclusion has to say: Firstly, it is possible that changes in the teaching and learning with ICT have resulted in less emphasis being placed on the teaching of skills associated with ICT literacy. Secondly, it is possible that the development of ICT literacy competencies has been taken for granted in Australia where the level of access to ICT in schooling is extremely high. Thirdly, it is possible that the emergence of mobile computing technology devices has led to increased emphases in teaching and learning on different skills (such as those associated with online communication). The report goes on to note studies of the prevalence of tablets in Australian schools, find it's on the rise and leading to a hypothesis that “ it is perhaps not so likely that the emphasis [on teaching ICT literacy] has been removed, but rather that it has shifted with the uptake of mobile technology devices.” “It is possible that this shift in emphasis may have contributed to changes in ICT literacy achievement between 2011 and 2014.” The report also notes that the 2011 study took place mere months after the iPad's debut. Tablets have since become ubiquitous, while smartphones have become far more affordable and therefore find their way into more kids' hands. Another likely reason for the poor performance was that Australia recognised its technologies curriculum needed an overhaul well before 2014. The nation therefore developed a new Digital Technologies Curriculum but delayed its implementation of for political reasons, as our Australian bureau has chronicled at length. The new and dedicated curriculum was due to be taught from 2014, so may not have made an impact on this study. But the fact remains that Australian schools worked with older curricula that may not have reflected modern technological realities before the 2014 study. The study's gone down very badly in Australia, which has recently experienced an outbreak of bipartisan enthusiasm for all things STEM-and-startup. You can find the NAP report here (PDF) and a technical report here (PDF). Source
  9. Hi guys, MacXDVD launches a big giveaway to celebrate Halloween 2015, offering their newly-updated MacX iPhone iPad Video Converter totally free (originally $39.95). This converter is able to convert all formats, such as MKV, M2TS, MP4, WMV , FLV, MOV, AVI, etc. It seems to be a good chance to convert Halloween videos and music for replaying on mobile and other portable devices. Only 20,000 free copies, no time to be hesitated. Come on! giveaway page: http://www.macxdvd.com/giveaway/halloween-deal.htm validated through Nov. 3, 2015. Be haste!!
  10. At the RSA Conference held this week in San Francisco, researchers Yair Amit and Adi Sharabani disclosed a dangerous and scary new iOS hack which can cause targeted iPhones or iPads to enter a perpetual reboot loop, effectively rendering the devices all but useless. Amit and Sharabani, who both work for the mobile security firm Skycure, note that the security flaw exists in iOS 8 and can be triggered via manipulated SSL certificates sent to a device over a WiFi network. What's more, a previous iOS bug disclosed by Skycure, dubbed WiFiGate, enables attackers to create their own WiFi network and "force external devices to automatically connect to it." Taken together, attackers can effectively create what is referred to as a "No iOS Zone." Skycure writes: Envision a small device, which automatically captures any iOS device in range and gets it to join a fake network. Then, it issues the attack and crashes attacked iOS devices again and again. Victims in range cannot do anything about it. Think about the impact of launching such an attack on Wall Street, or maybe at the world’s busiest airports, or at large utility plants. The results would be catastrophic. The research firm adds that even when a victim knows that an errant WiFi connection is wreaking havoc on their device, they can't exit out of the reboot loop to even turn it off. A video demonstration of what the hack looks like on an affected device can be seen below As it stands now, Skycure has disclosed the attack to Apple but won't provide any more "how-to" details as to keep it out of malicious hands. networkworld.com
  11. It's been five years since the launch of Apple's iPad but how was the device initially received by the Hollywood studios? A leaked analysis reveals the MPAA's hopes and fears for the ground-breaking tablet, with a few spot on predictions and a notable shift in the piracy landscape it simply didn't envisage. After years of numerous hardware companies flirting and largely failing with the format, half a decade ago the revolution the tablet market had been waiting for finally arrived. With a huge fanfare of publicity on April 3, 2010 Apple launched its now iconic iPad. The convenient, functional and practical era of tablets had well and truly arrived and for millions of consumers around the globe the device became the computing weapon of choice. With new hardware came new opportunities and for the major Hollywood studios the iPad and its beautiful screen had the potential to be both friend and foe. An analysis made available following last year’s Sony hack and Wikileaks’ refreshed publication yesterday provides a sneak insight into the MPAA’s assessment of the device. Titled “The iPad – From a Content Protection Perspective” the document lists the positive and potential negatives for the device. The positives On the plus side the MPAA was predictably pleased with Apple’s ‘walled-garden’ approach to DRM-protected premium content supply. “Novice user will opt for ‘iTunes and App store’ type of use,” the document reads, noting that the iPad “allows for some technical protection measures as well as e-Commerce environments that allow for digital rights management.” The MPAA was also impressed with the educational potential of the iPad and App Store, noting that the pair together promote the notion that content needs to be paid for. “The iPad essentially acts as a digital wallet (a multifunctional credit card) so users will be much more aware that digital content can have a value,” the report notes. Of course, Apple’s notoriously tough security also achieved a tick in the plus column but not without a reminder that things can be undone by the determined hacker. “The iPad, like the iPhone may not be too appealing to the pirate type due to its closed (technological) environment. On the other hand, the iPhone has been ‘jailbroken’ and the iPad will share the same fate,” the report correctly predicts. The negatives Most of the negatives listed by the MPAA center around the conversion of media obtained in one format and then converted for use on the iPad. With relatively generous storage capacity by 2010 standards, that could amount to a few dozen pirate films on a device. “Converting existing movies (Pirated, Blu-ray or DVD) to the .m4v format suitable for the iPad will take about 1 hr per movie using application such as ‘Handbrake’,” the report reads. “The typical ripped Blu-ray file, made ready for the iPad, will take up 1.5 Gigabyte of disk space. On average a 64 GB iPad will be able to carry 40 high quality rips.” But the MPAA feared the risks wouldn’t end there. Once obtained on one device, pirate content could then spread to another. “Although the above steps may only be taken by those accustomed to pirating content, the nature of this platform will smoothen large-scale exchanges of clusters of movies (iPad to iPad),” the report reads. “Although most pirates will tend to go and download content illegally, to first put it on desktop computer and only then convert it to the iPad, it is not difficult to foresee a future wherein they may go and enable inter-iPad file sharing or file streaming.” In addition to concerns that iPad owners might start adding “PVR type” TV broadcasting recordings to their devices, the MPAA was also developing fears over the iPad’s ability to connect to large screen devices. “Although quite cumbersome (at least three different video adapters are available and each has different functionalities) it is possible to display content on external devices such as projectors and TVs. It is also possible to both display and stream content from a desktop computer to an iPad,” the report adds. And with Airplay video landing later in 2010, the MPAA correctly predicted it would take off. “The wired and wireless streaming of iPad data to external (remote) screens is expected to become very popular,” the report notes. Finally – the big positive and big negative, all in one The very first positive point in the MPAA’s piracy assessment of the iPad is the type of video delivery system the device is optimized for. “Device aimed at users of streaming services,” the number one plus point reads. While undoubtedly excellent for viewing streaming content (the Netflix iPad app debuted on the iTunes App Store at the device’s launch in April 2010), little did the MPAA know that almost exactly five years later it would be greeted with the following headline: “Popcorn Time Releases iOS App Tomorrow, No Jailbreak Needed.” Five years is definitely a long time in technology terms…. Further reading on the studios’ iPad studies courtesy of Wikileaks, here and here. Source: TorrentFreak
  12. With a wealth of new photo and video-related apps, and a number of new live-streaming entrants onto the market, March was a busy month in the the App Store. Here, we’ve got the best new and updated apps from last month in one place for your easy perusal. We’ve split this story over several pages to make it easier, but if you’d rather read it all as one, Here it is.. OneShotOneShot is an app that lets you post ‘screenshorts’ – a screengrab of an article designed to get around Twitter’s 140-character limit – directly to the social network with the utmost ease. It’s not perfect, and does have trouble identifying the correct source of a screenshort (it auto-detects the post you’ve taken the words from sometimes), but if you’re looking for an easy way to share a cropped screengrab along with some text, then OneShot is worth checking out. ➤ OneShot ImgurImgur, one of the Web’s favorite places to find gifs and memes, needs little introduction. And now, there’s a (nearly) fully-functional iOS app. Keen Imgur users will point out that there was already one for iPhones, but the new version launched this month is a ground-up rebuild designed to give you a better way to explore visual stories. As well as browsing around, you can vote on images and take part in discussions. Images are also sortable by popularity and time. The one huge omission for launch was the ability to upload photos to Imgur directly from your phone via the app, but that is coming soon. ➤ Imgur GmailIn March, Gmail for iOS got an overhaul designed to make it easier to use. As a result, it now supports notification replies and archiving of messages directly from the lock screen, made by possible by Apple’s changes in iOS 8. There’s also a new ‘open in’ extension and attachment view. ➤ Gmail TrioTrio is a new app for iPhone that lets you create mashup messages from sources like Instagram, Giphy, Vine, iTunes and more. Naturally, if you’ve got your own material, you can create mashups from your Camera Roll or images too. As well as pictures and videos, the app also lets you place text (and choose the font) to help you get your message across. And as with many similar services, there’s a social aspect here too – so you can browse and vote on other people’s shared mashups. ➤ Trio TempoTempo’s iOS update in March ushered in a cleaner, altogether more refined look for the calendar app. Among the changes were new fonts and a simpler color scheme to cut down on the clutter. There’s also now a new notifications widget and support for portrait or landscape orientation of the week view, plus an attendee auto complete feature that populates an event with the details of the person/people you’re meeting in just a few taps. ➤ Tempo TetherTether is a super-simple app that automatically unlocks your Mac when it detects your iPhone in range. In fact, it’s so simple that once it’s installed on your phone and computer, you don’t even need to open it again. It really is that simple. Each time you walk away from your Mac, it’ll lock, and when you return, it’ll be unlocked by the time you’re ready to start working. Better than all of that, it’s free. ➤ Tether Nokia HEREWith Nokia Here’s on-again, off-again relationship with iOS in the past, we weren’t sure we’d ever see a full return to the App Store. In March, however, HERE came back. With turn-by-turn directions and other core mapping features, it’s now ready to try and make inroads into Apple and Google’s territory on iOS devices. However, a 15-month hiatus is a long-time so it’ll have a challenge on its hands. Probably one of its strongest features is offline navigation and mapping for more than 100 countries, thereby saving your data connection. ➤ HERE Stre.amIf the start of 2015 is remembered for anything in the tech world, it’ll be the influx of live-streaming apps, following the launch of Meerkat at the end of February. Another company to throw its hat into this particular ring is Stre.am, which launched its live video streaming app just in time for SXSW this year. And unlike some of the other new entrants, Stre.am allows you to livestream from an Android or iOS device. ➤ Stre.am WunderlistWunderlist, while obviously not a new app, got a make-over on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Android this month. Along with more colorful accents to help you see the difference between folders, lists, smart lists and other items, the iOS version also got a new Quick Add button, to allow you to add new tasks more quickly. Both iOS and Android builds also got a new feature that lets you group lists by category. ➤ Wunderlist [iPhone | iPad] FlashgapPartially inspired by the movie The Hangover, Flashgap lets you take photos on your night out (or at any other time) but won’t let you see them until at least midday the following day. You can think of it a bit like a combination of White Album and Eversnap. While it soft-launched back in December, March was its official unveiling – and marked the introduction of the first Android build too. ➤ Flashgap InfinitWant to share large video files directly from your iPhone – or an entire album of photos? Then Infinit’s new iOS app can help. The key appeal of Infinit is that it allows you to share the original copies of files, without needing to trim for size limits – particularly useful if your phone shoots 4K video. Extra handily, the app also lets you receive files of any size sent from Infinit’s desktop clients. ➤ Infinit PeriscopePossibly the highest-profile launch on iPhone this month was Twitter’s answer to Meerkat: Periscope. Just like Meerkat, it allows users to livestream whatever they’re doing – but unlike Meerkat, it has Twitter’s extensive resources and user base behind it. You can also save videos for viewing later, if you want. Ultimately, we first described it as “what Meerkat would look like with a little more thought put into it.” ➤ Periscope White LabelIf you’re a hip-hop fan with an iPhone, then you’ll probably want to check out White Label’s freshly launched mobile app. In essence, it’s another music discovery app – except that it only focuses on hip-hop. It works by monitoring services like SoundCloud and Twitter to track which tracks are the most listened and most discussed. Although it soft-launched at the start of 2015, the team rolled out updates last month in time for its official unveiling. ➤ White Label LayoutInstagram’s new app Layout is designed to let you easily and quickly create collages with your photos using drag-and-drop. By combining up to nine individual shots, you can create a single image from one of nine different layouts. Each image that makes up part of the collage is editable in its own right, too – so if you want to flip just one of your mini images, then you can. There are no editing or filter options though, so you’ll need to be using images you’re happy with from the start. ➤ Layout MediumMedium got a much needed iOS update this month that allows users to write and publish a full post directly from your smartphone – and even added in voice dictation support, if you’d rather not type at all. It allows you to do most of the major things you’d want, like set a title, include quote formatting and add images, but you can only work on one draft at a time. Once you’ve published your post, you can then start a new draft. ➤ Medium SpylightSpylight, launched this month, allows you to literally buy whatever you see on TV. All you need to do is hold your phone towards the screen while a particular show or movie is playing and it will identify it by matching the audio. You should then get is a list of clothes available from that show. Alternatively, you can just browse the database of TV shows to peruse the items featured in each. ➤ Spylight Memoji KeyboardThis one is dead simple. Want to send custom emojis of your own face in messages? Then Memoji is probably worth considering. One the downside, you can only create and store five custom emojis at any one time on the free plan – €1.99 unlocks the ability to have more – but there’s nothing stopping you from deleting ones you don’t want any more and replacing them with new ones. It’s not perfect – there are still bug fixes required and the emojis show up as slightly grainy in some instances – but if you’ve always wanted to create your own custom emojis using your own images, then the Memoji Keyboard is here for you. ➤ Memoji Keyboard Adobe Comp CCIf you’re a designer, there’s a good chance you probably use Adobe’s tools already, and now, there’s a new iPad app designed to let you execute a complete layout while out-and-about. Comp CC is ultimately aimed at bridging the mobile-desktop gap for creating different types of project layouts. And because it’s compatible with desktop counterparts (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, etc.), you can just upload your partially completed project to your computer and finish it off there on a larger screen, should you wish. ➤ Comp CC TempoIf you really like timelapse videos and slow-motion effects, then look no further as Tempo for iPhone brings the two together to help you create simple, but impressive, videos. By giving you granular control over where the effects start and stop – and speed controls of 8x, 4x, 1/4x and 1/8x – you can create dramatic sequences by speeding up some sections, but applying slo-mo to the rest. It’s available for free if you can live with the watermarking, or for $4.99 per month if you’d rather remove it. http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/04/02/19-of-the-best-iphone-and-ipad-apps-from-march/5/
  13. iOS 8.1 download links are now live by Apple. The roll-out of iOS 8.1 has been on the cards for a while now, and although the central feature of the new release has long been considered as Apple Pay, this rather significant update has plenty of other enhancements besides. Now, after a few weeks wait, it’s been primed and ready for download, and as well as direct firmware links for every single iOS 8.1-ready device, you’ll also find all of the relevant details after the leap. We’ve spent the best part of a month now acclimatizing ourselves to the slightly new feel of iOS 8, with Apple having made several key improvements across the platform, and no sooner do we begin to feel at home than does the Cupertino come through with a bunch more. Not that we’re complaining, mind, and while the new, convenient and contactless Apple Pay infrastructure finally gets the opportunity to make its mark, the Mac maker has quite a bit else riding on this particular update. iCloud Drive, for example, will allow iCloud users to store numerous files as they would on , Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft’s OneDrive. The iCloud we know is more of a back-up infrastructure that permits users to retain settings, photos, messages and the like on OS X and iOS, but with iCloud Drive, users will finally be able to store, manage and browse their files as they would in Finder. Several other features, including SMS Handoff, Instant Hotspot (Continuity feature that works with Yosemite), iCloud Photo Library, the return of Camera Roll and the usual assembly of bug fixes, have been packed into this very respectable early update, and as well as updating via OTA, you can also pick up the firmware file below and take the iTunes route. Source
  14. There is something about Apple that not many people pay attention to or notice, even people in the tech industry seem to overlook this aspect of Apple most of the time. That aspect is Apple’s huge influence on what happens next with SIM cards. Ever since the original iPhone was released, with its little fragile SIM card tray that could only be accessed by using a paper clip or a special “SIM removal tool”, something that was considered crazy at the time is now a regular thing. Just look at almost any smartphone on the market today and we guarantee you that it will have the same little fragile SIM card tray. After Apple changed the way we, as consumers, and carriers used SIM cards with the first iPhone, they didn’t stop. Apple did it again in 2010 with the release of the original iPad, it came with a 3FF on board, more commonly known as a micro-SIM card. Apple did nobody any favors by introducing the micro-SIM either, it caused major pains for people who wanted to pop their existing SIM cards into their new iPad but couldn’t due to it being too large. Yet, slowly and painfully, over the course of just over a year, carriers adapted to Apples change by selling micro-SIMs and making them standard in smartphones. But wait there’s more! Yes, Apple did not stop there, fast forward to 2012 when Apple introduced the iPhone 5 to the world. Can you guess what type of SIM card apple shipped with the device? Not a micro-SIM, oh no, Apple took it a step further with the nano-SIM, the type of SIM card that most smartphones, including iPhone’s and iPad’s use today. Of course, just as before, the carriers were essentially forced to follow suite and start using and selling nano-SIMs. Now, here we are today, literally today, when just earlier, Apple introduced the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Apple made another bold move with SIM cards by putting reprogrammable SIM cards in both of the new devices. These reprogrammable SIM cards allow the user to take the SIM card from carrier to carrier, easily switching networks, Apple is calling this new type of SIM “Apple SIM.” As of now three of the four major carriers are on board with Apples new SIM card type. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all support the new “Apple SIM”. So what does this new reprogrammable SIM card mean for the future of SIM cards? From a consumer point of view it means something awesome. Eventually most smartphones will use this new type of SIM and it will allow the customer to easily switch carriers and keep the same SIM card. This would eliminate a huge painpoint of switching carriers and make it a lot easier for people to change carriers that may not be working out for them. Hell, this may even mean the death of the SIM card a few years down the road. We can dream can’t we? Source
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  16. We know that Apple is going to unveil its newest tablets on Thursday but that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be able to buy them right away. MacRumors‘ trusted sources say that Apple is planning to release at least one of its new devices on October 24th, less than a week after its official unveiling. “With the exception of major new category products like the Apple Watch or those for which there are severe production constraints, Apple typically unveils a product and ships it within a short period of time if not on the same day,” MacRumors notes. “Last year, Apple announced the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini on October 22 and launched the iPad Air on November 1, with the Retina iPad mini landing a few weeks later due to short supplies.” Based on earlier leaks, we believe the new iPad Air will be the first iPad to feature 2GB of RAM and will also be the first iPad to incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that Apple has used on its iPhones ever since the iPhone 5s. The tablet is also expected to use the same A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Source
  17. Apple’s big iPad Air 2 announcement is only eight days away and now Nowhereelse.fr points us to a new video posted by Vietnamese website Zing.vn that gives us an in-depth, high-quality look at Apple’s next major tablet release. As you can see, the tablet in the video has all of the new design features we’ve seen in previous leaks: A redesigned speaker grill that has only one row of holes instead of the two rows we saw in the first-generation iPad Air, the recessed volume buttons that look like the ones on the iPhone 6 and, most importantly, the little gold ring around the Home button that indicates the device will feature Touch ID and allow for mobile payments. Source
  18. Apple has just sent out invitations to a special media event on October 16th, which will take place at Town Hall on the company’s Cupertino campus. With the event considered a certainty and the venue long since rumored, it was just a matter of when, and with the invitations having now been distributed, we know that 10/16 will be the date for Apple’s second major keynote in as many months. Despite the confirmation, we still don’t know precisely what will be on the agenda, although the tagline “It’s been way too long.” plastered on the invitations suggests that at least one product or feature has been overdue some attention. Source
  19. Google released a standalone News & Weather application for iOS. Available for download in the App Store, the app joins the rest of Google’s already extensive range of apps for Apple’s mobile platform. Google News & Weather for iOS delivers coverage from 65,000 publications. Swipe access to categories and country-specific editions are also supported. Download Google News & Weather from the appstore. Source
  20. According to a very reliable source – the same source that correctly offered a concrete date on the iPhone 6 event last month, no less – the new hardware and software will be announced at a special event on October 16th, to be held at Town Hall. John Paczkowski from recode was the first to really throw some weight behind the iPhone 6′s September 9th announcement, and given his track record, there’s very little reason to doubt his assertion that the iPad / Yosemite / Mac will be showcased on 10/16. As well as giving Apple fans a date to mark in their diaries, Paczkowski also underlines the lingering rumor that a Retina iMac is on the horizon. Earlier on this week, it was reported that a 5K 27-inch iMac would be forthcoming, and although there was no mention of a corresponding upgrade to the 21.5-inch model, those looking for a Retina-standard experience at desktop level mightn’t have too wait too much longer. There has also been talk of a Mac mini refresh, which seems a little strange given that it would need to run on Intel’s ageing Haswell processors as opposed to the almost-finished, next-gen Broadwell. But nevertheless, after such a long time without any attention, we certainly wouldn’t baulk at some improvements, and while Retina iMac seems a little more set in stone, here’s to hoping the forgotten Mac mini will be remembered come October 16th. Yosemite is also expected to be rolled out to the public around the time of the event, so expect to hear a few more words spoken on the latest flavor of OS X, while both the iPad Air and iPad mini 3 look set for an almost identical set of changes. As well as a gold color option, both will likely be treated to Apple’s A8 processor, although it’s suspected that the Air may include more RAM in preparation for some upcoming “pro” features. Elsewhere, both models will also be getting Touch ID, and also, some anti-reflective coating on the front panel. Source
  21. Informants of Bank Innovation believe that iOS 8.1 will be made public on October 20th, and among a number of other enhancements, will be focused on getting Apple Pay up and running. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been kitted out with NFC radios especially for this feature, and with Apple Watch also set to integrate with the system when it débuts early next year, it’s critical that Apple get introduces Apple Pay with as few issues as possible. As we discovered earlier on this week, it seems that Apple is switching up its iOS release schedule this time around. Whereas iOS 7 was followed by a series of incremental iOS 7.0.x updates before iOS 7.1 launched during the opening stages of this year, iOS 8.1 is going to be dropping just five weeks after that initial roll-out, and from what we’ve heard, iOS 8.2 and 8.3 are already in the works. October 20th is a Monday, and the day after, it is reckoned that Apple will hold its second major event in as many months to showcase the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. Both are expected to benefit from Apple’s A8 processor as well as Touch ID, and there could also be a gold color configuration in the offing, but while iPads and October tend to go hand in hand, there may be quite a bit more on the agenda. OS X Yosemite just hit Golden Master, and should also be rolling out on one of these two days, and with the notion of a 5K Retina iMac and new Mac mini also floating around, October is shaping up to be quite a busy one as far as Apple is concerned. Source
  22. Apple has added a section to the existing iCloud.com domain that will allow users to easily check and determine whether or not an iOS device is currently protected via the Find my iPhone Activation Lock initiative, or in other words, whether the device being sold is stolen or not. The new section is a simple Web page that allows anyone with the IMEI or serial number of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to check the Activation Lock status of that individual device in an effort to protect themselves against purchasing a piece of hardware that cannot be used without the original owner’s iCloud credentials. For those that didn’t know, Activation Lock is automatically enabled on any device when Find My iPhone is turned on within the settings of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or higher. The initiative then requires the Apple ID and password of the account that activated the lock in order to carry out tasks such as turning off the the Find My iPhone feature, erasing all data from the hardware, and even reactivating the device for use with another account. It’s essentially Apple’s way of protecting against loss, theft, and malicious resale. Although Activation Lock is undoubtedly a great thing for the majority of owners, one of the biggest downsides is the inability for a new user to actually use the device once it’s been purchased through secondary sales channels. That is, of course, if Find My iPhone has been left on by the previous owner. As part of the new addition to the iCloud website, those looking to purchase a device will be able to quickly enter the IMEI number and identify whether or not Activation Lock will be a problem: "Before you purchase an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from somebody else, make sure that FindMy iPhone Activation Lock is turned off and the device is ready for you to use." After entering a valid IMEI or serial number, and filling out the CAPTCHA security check, users are then presented with a relatively simple overview of whether or not Activation Lock is active on the device. The information provided contains confirmation of the identifier entered as well as the model of the device provided to make sure it’s the correct one. There’s also a small amount of advice provided to those who may be looking to obtain a second-hand device as well as those looking to pass a device on. You can head on over to the Activation Lock Status page here and search for yourself. Source
  23. According to e a report in Bloomberg, the next iPad model will have a gold color scheme option. Apple’s next full-sized tablet is expected to launch in October. The upcoming new color scheme is reportedly a move by Apple to boost sales. It will join the Silver and Space Gray options that are currently offered on Cupertino’s tablets at the moment. The successor of the iPad Air has appeared on a number of occasions. It will allegedly offer two gigs of RAM on board. Source
  24. For a good year or so now, it has been suggested that Apple would be coming through with a tablet larger and more powerful than the current flagship 9.7-inch model, and given the introduction of would-be rival products like the Microsoft Surface and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro line, the idea of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro seems even more plausible. Today, new information has emerged about the slate, with a report suggesting that the SoC powering the top-end slab will be a more robust, A8X chip. The new Apple A8 offers a reasonable performance bump on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus compared with the iPhone 5s, with early benchmark readings indicating a speed increase of around 15 percent. This is certainly not bad going, particularly given that the A7 – the first 64-bit processor in the mobile industry – really did raise the bar dramatically. However, considering that the iPad Pro is said to pack a 12.9-inch display – one that will likely command a resolution increase on the iPad Air – it’s logical that Apple would be working on a slightly more capable SoC to meet the demands of a tablet featuring a MacBook-sized display. Although last iPad upgrade, which saw the iPad mini 2 and iPad Air introduced last October, didn’t include an ‘A7X’ processor – merely the same A7 as found in the iPhone 5s but clocked at 100MHz higher – a 12.9-inch display would almost certainly require something more fit for purpose than the iPhone 6′s A8. As many of you will recall, the A5X and A6X offered superior graphics performance over the X-less variants, and given that this rumored iPad Pro will be built to deliver a top-notch performance on a mammoth display, it makes sense that the iPad Pro should consume every drop of graphics power that an A8X could potentially offer. The enigmatic iPad Pro, which, on reflection, could feasibly be given the ‘Plus’ moniker, is expected to arrive sometime during the first half of 2015. A new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will almost certainly be announced next month, though, featuring Touch ID, the A8 processor and a number of other perks and tweaks, and may also be announced alongside OS X Yosemite 10.10 for Mac. Source
  25. Well that was fast… Apple just released iOS 8 to the public last week and on Wednesday, just one week since the new software’s initial release, Apple has issued its first update. iOS 8.0.1 is available immediately on all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download through iTunes. Apple’s full change log can be seen below. Source