Leaked Apple support app could save you a trip to the store

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/21/apple-support-app-leak/"><img alt="Grand Central Apple store" data-caption="NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: People are trained by an Apple employee at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store in Grand Central Terminal, on March 14, 2013 in New York, New York. This Manhattan store is one of the largest Apple stores in the world. The store offers 15-minute training sessions, a feature not available in other locations. The Metropolitan Transporation Authority, MTA, is leasing the space to Apple in the east balcony and an adjacent one in the terminal. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)" data-credit="Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images" data-mep="1056485" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/5373x3582+0+0/resize/1200x800!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/d200a334be14882500484c0defc0b63b/203020534/164148944.jpg" /></a></div>
The Genius Bars in Apple's retail stores are supposed to be convenient ways to answer questions and get repairs, but the ever-growing deluge of customers sometimes makes it a pain. Ever waited 20 minutes just to get a Lightning cable replaced? Well, the Cupertino crew may have a clever way to speed up that wait time... and in some cases, save you a trip altogether. Both uSwitch and leaker Sonny Dickson understand that Apple is working on a support app for iOS that would help you get the fix you need. The app would narrow down the cause of your problem by asking questions, and offer chances to contact support, book a Genius Bar appointment or (if it's a relatively minor issue) fix it yourself through how-to guides. Think of it as Apple's support website distilled into a simpler, more powerful form. Source: uSwitch

Google’s mobile app answers your complex questions

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Google's mobile search app just got much better at handling the sort of detailed, nuanced questions you'd ask a real human. The Android and iOS software now does more to gauge the true intent of a question, including multi-layered questions that would previously have thrown it off -- ask for the population of a country in a specific year and you'll get the exact number you wanted. The app also understands superlatives like "biggest" or "smallest," and it knows how to deal with ordered items (say, the tallest buildings in the US). Google is quick to admit that its upgraded engine still makes mistakes, but it's good enough that you can expect useful results whether your requests are very specific or slightly fuzzy. Source: Google Inside Search

Flickr takes advantage of iOS 9 and your iPhone 6s

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/05/flickr-ios-9-update/"><img alt="Peeking at a Flickr photo on an iPhone 6s" data-credit="Flickr" data-mep="1032893" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/7c490cc1fb3a125c74fda43683851941/202921792/flickr-peek-iphone-6s.jpg" /></a></div>
The pressure-sensitive touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus was practically tailor-made for quickly glancing at photos, so wouldn't it make sense that major photography apps let you do just that? Flickr sure thinks so. It's launching an updated iOS app that takes full advantage of iOS 9, including 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s line. You can peek at photos, people and notifications with a firm push. It'll even flip through your camera roll if you swipe at the same time, giving you a quick way to share the right snapshot. As you might've guessed, that extra dimension also gives you home screen icon shortcuts that help you post photos that much sooner. Slideshow-339096 Source: App Store

Google Maps for iOS speaks out traffic warnings while you drive

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If you're carrying an iPhone, Google Maps just got much more helpful in those moments when you're determined to avoid gridlock. As on Android, Maps' iOS app now speaks out traffic warnings in navigation mode. You'll get a verbal summary of conditions before you start moving, and alerts for any congestion or crashes while you're on your way. Is this a simple addition? You bet -- but it could mean a lot if it helps you take a detour. Source: App Store

Skype’s filters bring some life to your video messages

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The Skype team doesn't have it easy these days -- it not only has to compete with legions of live chat apps, but also the back-and-forth video messaging of Snapchat. What's it going to do? Fight on Snapchat's home turf, apparently. Microsoft has released Skype updates for Android and iOS that let you add "fun" filters to your video messages, such as a creepy inverted color scheme or goofy face stretching. Yes, it comes across as trying to stay hip with what the kids are doing, but it could be helpful if your birthday greeting just isn't festive enough. And don't worry if you like plain vanilla videos, since there's something new for you as well. Skype now supports 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, so you can quickly start a call or peek at a conversation. Source: Skype

Update Facebook on iOS now to keep it from draining your battery

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Facebook users on iOS have had a sneaking suspicion that the app was starting to misbehave, to the detriment of their phone's battery life. After saying it was looking into the issue, Facebook has now confirmed the problem and pushed out an update to the iOS app to help offer some relief. Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant said as much in a post today on (where else) Facebook, saying that the company "found a few key issues and have identified additional improvements, some of which are in the version of the app that was released today." While there's more Facebook says it can do to lessen battery draing, updating the app today should provide some immediate relief. Source: Facebook

iOS and OS X updates arrive with a ton of new emoji

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/21/os-x-10-11-1-and-ios-9-1/"><img alt="Some of the new emoji in iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1" data-credit="Emojipedia / Apple" data-mep="1013508" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e087058919006869aff4a408d2afc29c/202840212/ios-9-1-emoji.jpg" /></a></div>
If you've ever wanted to text taco pics from your iPhone or give the middle finger from your Mac, today's your lucky day. Apple has released iOS 9.1 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, both of which add a slew of new Unicode emoji ranging from Mexican food through to rude gestures. There are some important under-the-hood fixes, too. Your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus is now smart enough to stop recording Live Photos when you lower the device, and OS X shouldn't run into trouble with Office 2016. Whichever platform you're using, you'll likely want to update pronto -- if just to see the cutesy characters you'd otherwise miss. [Image credit: Emojipedia] Source: MacRumors (1), (2)

Apple’s News app is disabled in China

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The News app in iOS 9 is officially available only in the US, but you can still access stories when you're traveling abroad... unless you're visiting China, that is. A New York Times source understands that Apple has completely disabled News access in China, preventing you from reading anything new even if you're using one of the country's few uncensored connections on a US device. Apple hasn't commented on why it's switching things off, but the theory is that it would rather turn off News access altogether than deal with the many hassles of censoring individual sources and articles. Source: New York Times

Kanye West hates in-app purchases on kids games

        <p class="image-container" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/09/kanye-west-hates-in-app-purchases-on-kids-games/"><img alt="Seen Around Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week - Day 7" data-caption="NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kim Kardashian West and her daughter North West are seen arriving at Kanye West Yeezy Season 2 during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Skylight Modern  on September 16, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)" data-credit="FilmMagic" data-mep="996137" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x2053+0+129/resize/1200x822!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/f88fef17ad7f48a011aeea3286f4df1a/202731390/489856020.jpg" /></a></p>
When Kanye West runs for president, we know what at least one item on his platform will be -- and there will probably be plenty of parents agreeing.

Kanye West hates in-app purchases on kids games

        <p class="image-container" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/09/kanye-west-hates-in-app-purchases-on-kids-games/"><img alt="Seen Around Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week - Day 7" data-caption="NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kim Kardashian West and her daughter North West are seen arriving at Kanye West Yeezy Season 2 during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Skylight Modern  on September 16, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)" data-credit="FilmMagic" data-mep="996137" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x2053+0+129/resize/1200x822!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/f88fef17ad7f48a011aeea3286f4df1a/202731390/489856020.jpg" /></a></p>
When Kanye West runs for president, we know what at least one item on his platform will be -- and there will probably be plenty of parents agreeing.

Apple already blocked the first malware for non-jailbroken iPhones

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With certain exceptions, most iOS-focused malware targets jailbroken devices whose compromised security makes them easy prey. However, there's been concerns that a recent strain of malware, YiSpecter, can attack even 'pure' devices running stock iOS. Do you have to worry about catching a bug online and losing control over your device? Probably not, if you ask Apple. In a statement to The Loop, the company notes that it not only fixed the vulnerability with iOS 8.4, but blocked the apps handing out the offending code. The victims downloaded apps from "untrusted sources" (that is, outside of the App Store) Cupertino adds. In short, Apple believes this is a non-issue as long as you install updates and stay cautious -- and given that more than half of its users are already running iOS 9, it might be right. Via: AppleInsider Source: The Loop

Create ‘Gran Turismo 6’ race tracks on your tablet

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/30/gran-turismo-6-track-path-editor/"><img alt="'Gran Turismo 6' Track Path Editor" data-credit="Polyphony Digital / PlayStation Mobile Inc." data-mep="981525" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/4d98fe4dc53eb056d86d456e40023531/202726558/gran-turismo-6-track-creator-2.jpg" /></a></div>
For ages, Polyphony Digital has been promising a Gran Turismo 6 track editor that lets you build the race course of your dreams. Well, it's finally here... if not quite in the form you might have expected. Download the Track Path Editor app for Android and iOS and you can design circuits for the PlayStation 3 sim on your tablet. It's not so detailed that you'll recreate every nuance of your local raceway, but you can trace paths with your finger, choose themes and add scenery. Think of it as a way to extend the life of GT6 beyond the occasional new concept car -- you don't have to settle for driving on Autumn Ring or Brands Hatch for the hundredth time. Source: Gran Turismo, Google Play, App Store

Tim Cook: Apple won’t merge iOS and OS X

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/29/apple-ceo-on-merging-platforms-and-enterprise/"><img alt="Key Speakers At The BoxWorks 2015 Conference" data-caption="Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., right, speaks as Aaron Levie, chief executive officer of Box Inc., listens during the BoxWorks 2015 Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Wider consumer use of cloud storage may drive enterprises to be more flexible about being open to cloud-storage companies such as Box and Dropbox. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images " data-credit="Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images" data-mep="980069" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x1996+0+0/resize/1200x798!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/19762a2ab16b33f5ceda016add8f5248/202721450/490532490.jpg" /></a></div>
Now that Apple is blurring the lines between its mobile tablets and PCs with the iPad Pro, it's tempting to imagine iOS and OS X merging into a single operating system (Windows 10-style) that works on virtually every device the company makes. You'll want to put any such ideas on hold, though. In a chat with Box's Aaron Levie, Apple chief Tim Cook dismissed the prospects of unifying iOS and OS X. It "subtracts from both," he said, arguing that you "don't get the best experience from either." This isn't a completely new idea from Apple (it once explained in detail why OS X doesn't have touch), but it's clear that Cook doesn't feel any pressure to follow in Microsoft's footsteps on this front. Source: ZDNet, Recode

Apple fixes an iOS 9 bug that kept you from upgrading

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The launch of iOS 9 was supposed to be a joyous occasion if you own an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, but it didn't always work out that way. A bug left some stuck on the "slide to upgrade" screen, preventing them from using their gear unless they rolled back to iOS 8 or started fresh. If you're one of those glitch victims, you'll be glad to hear that relief is in sight: Apple has released an iOS 9.0.1 update that (you guessed it) makes sure you get past that upgrade screen. It also tackles a few other hiccups that could sour your initial experience, including one that prevented some alarms and timers from playing. As such, you'll probably want to check for the update right away. And if it's too late to avoid the worst, Apple's support site (linked above) has a guide to getting your device Continue reading "Apple fixes an iOS 9 bug that kept you from upgrading"

iOS 9 is already running on more than half of Apple mobile devices

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Apple may have taken a long while to get users upgrading to iOS 8, but it isn't having any such trouble with iOS 9. The iPhone maker has revealed that more than half of all iOS devices are already running the new software less than a week after it launched. That's the fastest adoption rate yet for the platform, if you ask the folks in Cupertino. That's certainly better than on Android, where just 21 percent of users are running Lollipop, but it's not really that surprising when you realize that Apple has bent over backwards to put iOS 9 on as many devices as possible. Source: Apple

iMovie for iOS is ready to handle your 4K video editing

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If you're determined to produce a 4K masterpiece on an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus or iPad Pro, you now have one of the tools you need to get the job done. Apple has delivered an iMovie update that switches on 4K editing for its most powerful iPhones and iPads, giving you an easy (though not professional-grade) way to edit extra-sharp videos on the move. You can't capture 4K on the iPad Pro, alas, but it's powerful enough to edit multiple 4K streams. The giganto-tablet also has room for a larger media browser and a video viewer that shows every single pixel of a 1080p clip. Filed under: , , ,
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            Tags: 4k, apple, imovie, ipad, ipadpro, iphone, iphone6s, iphone6splus, mobilepostcross, ultrahd, videoediting, videoeditor

Dropbox for iOS just got a lot faster (and simpler)

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When you're juggling a lot of files in the cloud, every little bit of time you save is a big deal... and Dropbox knows it. The online storage outfit has released an iOS app update that's all about speeding up and simplifying its core tasks. The centerpiece is a new action menu that sits next to every file -- tap it and you can modify or share that file without skipping a beat. If you're on iOS 9, you'll also see your recent and offline files in Spotlight searches. And if you're spending big bucks on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you'll be happy to know that 3D Touch gives you both home screen shortcuts (such as uploading a photo) as well as peeks at files. Dropbox's upgrade is live as I write this, so you only need to visit the App Store to see what the Continue reading "Dropbox for iOS just got a lot faster (and simpler)"

Apple will (eventually) let you remove some of its iOS apps

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Apple's iOS devices have long included apps that you're unlikely to use (do you really need a stock tracker?), and that list only seems to be getting longer. That's potentially a big problem, especially when the company is still shipping 16GB flagship iPhones where every megabyte counts. However, there might be some relief in sight. In a chat with BuzzFeed News, CEO Tim Cook says that his company will eventually "figure out a way" for you to remove some of those apps. You won't get to yank all of them (that "might cause issues" with some device features, Cook says), but this could spare you from creating a folder for the bundled apps that would otherwise gather virtual dust. Filed under: , , ,
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            Tags: app, apple, apps, bloatware, ios, ipad, iphone, mobilepostcross, smartphone, tablet, timcook

Report: the iPhone 6s will get ‘always-on’ Siri mode

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As usual before an Apple event (which is today, in case you've been cave-bound), the rumor mill is churning out new information. We're now hearing that Apple TV will run an all-new operating system called osTV, based on iOS 9, according to 9 to 5 Mac. It'll reportedly carry a similar interface to the current Apple TV, but will sport iOS 9 (and OS X El Capitan) touches like transparency effects. The changes don't sound too drastic, but new Apple TV OS branding that matches watchOS and iOS would be a new development. Apple TV is supposed to also get a new AirBnB app. Filed under: , ,
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    Tags: apple, AppleTV, iPad, iPhone6S, iPhone6SPlus, rumor, Siri, tvOS

Twitter’s unifying its apps across iPhone and iPad

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Everybody's getting ready for tomorrow's big Apple event and that even includes Twitter. While the media briefing is likely going to focus heavily on a new iPhone, the microblogging service is looking to improve its app on the iPad and bring it more in line with the experiences users currently have on Cupertino's handset. The update hopes to bring responsive design (how websites adapt their layouts to different screen sizes, automatically) to the forefront by focusing on a few key aspects: canvas, device, orientation, size class and typography. While some of those might seem a bit arcane and more for user interface designers than you or me, the long and short of it is Twitter's what it hopes are smart, instantaneous decisions to make using its app on different-sized iOS devices a comfortable experience. Filed under: , , ,
Comments Source: iTunes, Twitter
    Tags: design, <!--more--> ios9, ipad, microblogging, mobileiphone, mobilepostcross, socialnetwork, twitter