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

iPad Pro review: Big and powerful, but it won’t replace your laptop

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Here we are. Apple, the same company that once swore off styluses, and dismissed hybrid PCs as experiments gone wrong, is now selling a laptop/tablet mashup of its own. One that accepts pen input, at that. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro went on sale last week, and though it is, in a sense, just an oversized iPad, it's also the closest thing we've seen yet to a hybrid device from Apple. With the screen real estate of a laptop, and the speed of a laptop, and various keyboard accessories allowing you to type on it like a laptop, the Pro seems like it might indeed be able to replace your notebook. In fact, Tim Cook himself has suggested as much in interviews. But with a starting price of $799, it isn't for everybody. And even then, it won't replace your laptop so much as complement it.Slideshow-341779

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

Firefox finally comes to iOS

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While Mozilla wants Firefox to be all things to all people, the browser has been noticeably missing from Apple's App Store. The software company put that down to the iPhone maker's software policy, namely that it'd have to use iOS' default browser engine instead of its own. Mozilla slowly came around to the idea and announced it would bring Firefox to iOS at the end of last year and now, after performing some localized testing in New Zealand, the browser is now finally available to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. Via: Steve Troughton-Smith (Twitter) Source: Mozilla Firefox (App Store)

Flickr takes advantage of iOS 9 and your iPhone 6s

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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

Chrome for iPad now supports iOS 9’s multitasking features

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With iOS 9, Apple introduced a handful of new multitasking features for the iPad, like the ability to run two apps side by side. Now Google's Chrome browser is ready to take advantage of these, thanks to an refreshed version of its universal iOS application. Aside from being able to use the Split View mode mentioned earlier, Chrome on iPad also supports Slide Over, as shown above; and Picture-in-Picture, which lets you browse websites and watch a pop-up video simultaneously. That said, Split View only works on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the soon-to-be-released iPad Pro, but the other tidbits are compatible with any tablet running Apple's latest mobile OS. Via: 9to5Mac Source: App Store

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

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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

The best podcast app for iOS is now completely free

        <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/11/overcast-2-goes-completely-free/"><img alt="Overcast on an iPad" data-credit="Marco Arment" data-mep="996244" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/7a3246081c05f1a3c7ceca52a40e6bd7/202784520/overcast-ipad.jpg" /></a></div>
Overcast is widely considered to be the best podcast app on iOS, if not all mobile platforms. For many, its no-nonsense interface and slick features (such as cutting dead air and boosting voices) make Apple's official app seem crude. You've had to pay $5 to see everything it has to offer, though... until now. App creator Marco Arment (he of Instapaper fame) has released Overcast 2, which switches to a completely free business model. As he puts it, he didn't like seeing the majority of users (80 percent) miss out on the features he wrote -- he'd rather make sure you see everything. You can still donate $1 per month if you want to help, but that contribution is strictly optional. Via: Marco Arment Source: App Store

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

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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

iPad Mini 4 review: A long wait makes for a potent upgrade

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Fans of Apple's smaller iPad Mini caught a tough break last fall when the company unveiled its new tablets for the year. Although Tim Cook & co. lavished plenty of attention on the faster, slimmed-down iPad Air 2, the upgraded iPad Mini 3 was regarded as a mere afterthought. The list of changes was so short, in fact, that some of us wondered why Apple would introduce a performance gap between the Air and Mini lines. Still more people wondered when they'd get a Mini with enough power to match its larger sibling. Turns out, the answer was "a year later." I've been testing the new iPad Mini 4 for over a week now and can say with confidence this is the Mini we should've gotten last year.Slideshow-323041

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 review: making the basics work even better

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iOS 9 is deceptive. When Apple first publicly trotted out the update at WWDC a few months back, it seemed happy to hang its hat on just a few new features: Apple News, better Maps and an improved Notes app. After using the betas for months and putting in still more time with the final, ready-for-everyone build, though, it's clear that what Apple built is far more nuanced than it might have let on. (And there I was, thinking I'd have an easy review to write. Silly me.) Instead, what we've got here is in some ways a continuation of a philosophy that seemed to start in earnest in the Apple Watch. iOS 9 is less about new, whizbang features and more about getting the stuff we do everyday done just a little quicker, a little more efficiently. And you know what? That's more valuable than you might Continue reading "iOS 9 review: making the basics work even better"

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