Items tagged with ios

If you have never listened to an audiobook, you are missing out on one of the better types of entertainment for long trips or people who drive a lot. The biggest name in audiobooks right now is Audible and it has been for a long time. However, Google wants people to think first of Google Play when they want a new audiobook and to facilitate that Google Play Audiobooks has some new updates to help better compete. These new features are things that some might think Google should have added to its audiobooks service at launch and include things such as smart resume and bookmarks. Google... Read more...
Apple today released iOS 11.3 for iPhone and iPad users, and with it comes a number of welcome updates. The most important update for users -- especially those with older iPhones -- is the inclusion of a "Battery Health" feature, which Apple promised following the revelation that the company was secretly throttling iPhone performance to preserve battery life. After Apple was called out for its actions, it confessed and offered an apology. It also reduced the price of battery replacements for affected devices to $29. The latest step with iOS 11.3 allows iPhone users to see the maximum capacity of... Read more...
Apple landed itself in one of the biggest scandals the company has ever been part of when it was learned that the iPhone maker was throttling older devices when the battery wasn't performing at 100%. Throttling was confirmed by a Geekbench developer in December 2017, and the main problem is that Apple never told users that it was reducing the performance of their devices. The result was over 60 class action lawsuits against the company for its actions and governmental investigations around the world. Apple tried to appease owners of older devices with budget $29 battery replacements, but the damage... Read more...
Last Friday mobile gamers got a surprise when PUBG Mobile launched in Canada. At the time the game launched in The Great White North, the only way for U.S. gamers to partake in the fun was to change their region and download the game. PUBG Mobile has now officially landed in the U.S. and the game is available on both Android and iOS platforms. The game is said to be an accurate and faithful reproduction of gameplay currently available on PC and console systems, and promises high-quality graphics thanks to Unreal Engine 4 along with HD audio. Perhaps the best news about PUBG Mobile is that... Read more...
We are still waiting for our invite to participate in the fun of playing Fortnite on iOS, but in the meantime, there are plenty of others who have the chance to check it out. So many, in fact, that it has become the top most downloaded iPhone game in the US, and the second most downloaded app across all categories. So, how is it faring? Surprising well, it seems, though the real question is how mobile players are going to fare against their advantaged PC gaming brethren. It seems counter intuitive to play a game like Fortnite on a mobile screen, trading a keyboard and mouse combination for taps... Read more...
If the idea of playing a battle royale shooter on your mobile device sounds appealing, then you should know that Fortnite is available on iOS. Unfortunately, it is an invite-only affair at the moment, with Epic Games having sent out a batch of invitations last night. Even so, Fortnite is proving immensely popular on iPhone and iPad devices—it's already the top most downloaded iPhone game in the US. That's according to Sensor Tower, an app tracking firm that shared its data with GamesBeat, a division of VentureBeat. According to that data, Fortnite is only the most popular iPhone game in the... Read more...
When it comes to today's smartphone users, they typically fall into one of two camps: Android or iOS. Google's Android operating system is by far the most popular mobile operating system, with nearly 75 percent of the global smartphone market. Apple's iOS, however, is in a distant second place with a 20 percent share. But once someone gets settled into their new Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 XL or iPhone X, how likely are they to jump ship and try to the "dark side" of the competing ecosystem? According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), most users stay put once they've bought into a mobile... Read more...
Google has pulled the wraps off the first beta release of its Flutter mobile UI framework at MWC 2018. Flutter is meant to help developers build high-quality native apps for iOS and Android. This isn't to be confused with the Flutter gesture recognition startup that Google bought back in 2013.  Google writes, "Flutter targets the sweet spot of mobile development: performance and platform integrations of native mobile, with high-velocity development and multi-platform reach of portable UI toolkits." Flutter is aimed at both new and experienced developers, and promises to help developers build... Read more...
There is new jailbreaking software available for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and iPad mini, so long as they have not been updated to the latest version of iOS. Using Electra, a free jailbreaking tool, iOS owners can wedge Cydia onto their mobile device and fetch apps that can only be installed on jailbroken phones and tablets, along with access settings that are normally untouchable. The jailbreak tool is for iOS 11 and works on versions up through iOS 11.1.2. So, it's compatible with iOS 11.0, 11.0.1, 11.0.2, 11.0.3, 11.1, 11.1.1, and 11.1.2. Apple recently pushed out an update to iOS that brings... Read more...
Bugs seem to be a common occurrence when it comes to iOS and macOS these days. That became even more apparent this week after Italian bloggers discovered that you can crash iOS devices (i.e. iPhones and iPads) with a single text message. The bug is actually quite easy to pull off, and involves sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to an iPhone. Once the person receives the text, the iOS Springboard crashes. After that point, the Messages apps can no longer be opened, as it will continually crash while it attempts to load the "offending" character. The only way to break out of the crash... Read more...
Apple is on the path to finding "Peace," the internal name of iOS 12 due out this fall. Typically Apple goes all out for its annual software upgrades and crams as many new features and upgrades into its mobile operating system as possible, and then tweaks things throughout the year with incremental updates. This time around, however, Apple is taking a different approach that will see its engineers focus less on new features and more on under-the-hood refinements. That is not to say there will not be any new features for iPhone and iPad users to look forward to. There will be, including a new Digital... Read more...
Apple keeps an ultra tight grip on iOS and is not keen on sharing its proprietary code. Even so, the company's iBoot source code for iOS 9 was recently leaked to the web, and even though Apple's mobile devices now run on iOS 11, it is very likely that some of the same code has been carried over. At least one security researcher called this the biggest leak in iPhone history, which begs the question, how could something like this happen? The answer may have something to do with peer pressure. The leak apparently traces back to a former low level Apple employee who worked at the company's headquarters... Read more...
Apple is not happy at all today with some of its critical source code having been posted online for the world to see. Source code for iBoot, one of the key components in iOS that runs iPhones and iPads, was posted on GitHub. The leak of such proprietary and confidential software could make it easier for hackers to find and exploit flaws in the operating system. The leak could also make it easier for security researchers to find and report flaws to Apple. Apple, like many major companies, has a bug bounty program and for anyone who finds a fault in the boot process, the payout could be as much as... Read more...
Apple is still trying to dig itself out of trouble over performance throttling of iPhones that have degrading batteries. Apple maintains that it throttles performance to prevent iPhones from shutting down unexpectedly. iPhone users were angry because Apple performed these actions without offering any indication that the throttling was happening. Apple first admitted that it was throttling devices back in December. As part of its penance for the throttling, Cupertino has reduced the cost of a battery replacement down to $29. Apple is also facing a U.S. House inquiry over the throttling of devices.... Read more...
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