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This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s...

14 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

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As mobile devices grow increasingly more capable and complex, battery life is easily one of the most important features in smartphones these days. Sadly, it’s also one of the biggest pain points with Apple’s iPhone lineup, as we have seen in just about every survey and study that covers people’s complaints with Apple phones. Because battery technology progresses so slowly — and because Apple insists on making its iPhones as thin as possible — battery life in iPhones likely won’t see any dramatic improvements anytime soon.

 

We’ve gone over tons of tips and tricks in the past that will help users extent their battery life, and we focused most recently on iOS 8 features that could help improve iPhone battery performance. We have also discussed some new measures Apple is taking to squeeze as much battery life as possible out of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

But sometimes it’s just not enough.

When it’s crunch time and your battery is running low, sometimes you need to do everything in your power to keep your phone running as long as possible because outlets are nowhere in sight. We recently shared a bunch of good emergency tips to consider when that happens, but there’s one important one that should definitely be added to that list.

One of the first things a person does when battery life is running low is reduce the brightness on the iPhone’s display, but there’s another simple step that should become second nature just like turning the phone’s brightness down. In the iPhone’s Settings app, go to General > Accessibility and turn “Grayscale” on.

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Believe it or not, simply displaying colors on the iPhone’s screen consumes additional battery life, even if the screen’s brightness has been reduced.

Grayscale is a very smart battery saving feature that Samsung has introduced on its newer phones, and iPhone users can take advantage of this similar feature on their iPhones, though the process of enabling and disabling grayscale is more complex on the iPhone since Apple doesn’t yet have a special dedicated battery saving mode in iOS.

 

You can easily create a shortcut so that triple-tapping the home button on an iPhone will enable this feature. Simply open the Settings apps and go to General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and check the “Grayscale” option.

 

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Grey market iPhone 6 prices plummet in China, as Apple pr...

14 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

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After trying to charge upward of US$2,000 for an iPhone 6, grey market dealers in China are slashing prices as Apple prepares to begin sales of the product in the country.

Apple will finally launch its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Friday, a month after sales began in the U.S. and several other markets including Hong Kong.

In the meantime, grey market dealers in China had been offering their own stock of iPhone 6 models, smuggled in from other countries. Back on Sept 19, the day of the iPhone 6 launch, merchants in Beijing estimated the first incoming units could reach up to $3,000 or more.

Device Prices, a service that tracks China's grey market for electronics, said the iPhone 6 Plus once fetched a particularly high price. The space grey-color of the 64GB model was being offered at around 15,616 yuan ($2,546), or over double its original price, when it first arrived.

The silver 64GB version of the iPhone 6, on the other hand, was priced at around 9266 yuan (US$1,510).

 
 

But grey market dealers have since been cutting prices on the iPhone 6 models, after Apple made it known late last month that the product would arrive soon.

In some cases, grey market vendors are offering the models at an even cheaper price than Apple, according to Device Prices. The space grey 16GB version of the iPhone 6, for example, will cost consumers around 5075 yuan, about 200 yuan less than its official price.

Other models in China's grey market are priced only slightly higher than the official cost offered by Apple. One reason grey market dealers can offer a better deal on the iPhone 6 is because of a Chinese import duty on electronics.

Analysts expect Apple's newest smartphone will sell well in the Chinese market, especially among existing iPhone users who want to upgrade to a bigger screen. In a sign of the demand, JD.com, a top e-commerce site in the country, showed on Monday that over 9 million users had made a reservation to order an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus when stock becomes available.

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Adobe Max 2014: These are the free iPhone and iPad apps t...

09 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

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As part of its opening keynote for its developer and creative conference, Adobe will be announcing a more integrated desktop and mobile strategy, which centres around several new iPhone and iPad applications and some rebranded old favourites.

At Adobe Max it will reveal how each app fits into a category where it works with equivalent Adobe desktop software, with some split into groups and others working across most of its creative software.

It calls the new line up its "mobile canvas" and what's more, you don't even have to wait until after the keynote to download them. They are already available on the iTunes App Store for free, although you will need an Adobe ID and Creative Cloud subscription or free Creative Cloud storage membership to make the most of them.

Adobe is focusing on iPhone and iPad initially but will make the vast majority if not all of the apps available on Android too. It hasn't set a time scale for the conversions to appear, however.

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Illustration

Under the illustration banner, there are two apps that work in conjunction with Adobe Illustrator for PC or Mac.

Illustrator Line

Previously called just Line, the new version is similar in that works with Adobe's Ink and Slide digital pen and ruler accessories, but can be used on its own. It is perhaps more aimed at those wishing to use more angular graphics than free-flowing art styles and is a tool with architects in mind.

Among other new options, the latest version can now send vector drawings to desktop Illustrator and then manipulate them further using the more powerful Adobe software. Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 adds the ability to expand to paths.

 

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Illustrator Draw

Illustrator Draw is a new free application for iPad that enables the user to create freeform vector illustrations when out and about using many of the drawing tools from the main desktop software but with a simpler user interface and touchscreen control. It also works well with pressure sensitive styluses, such as Adobe Ink.

Imaging

Apps relevant to Photoshop and Lightroom are grouped under the Imaging banner.

Photoshop Sketch

Another rebranded app, the new Photoshop Sketch is a drawing application for iPad that offers a huge amount of in-app tools to get the best effect for your drawing. It also now includes new pre-installed brushes and the ability to import your own brushes from Adobe's new Brushes app.

Photoshop Mix

Mix again has been out for several months already but now includes new features. For a start it is now a universal app for iPhone and iPad, so you can enhance, cut out and fiddle with photos on your phone as well. It also links with Adobe Photoshop CC, retaining the layer information of PSD files too.

Lightroom Mobile

The biggest change for Lightroom Mobile is that it's now also available for iPhone. Like with services such as Flickr, you can now also share your Lightroom projects with friends and family members over the Lightroom web view service, who can select favourites and leave comments. GPS details from iPhone photos also now sync with Lightroom desktop.

Video

Naturally, Adobe's video editing is all controlled by Premiere Pro, but there's now a great new app for making the process much more simple when you're on the move.

 

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Premiere Clip

Adobe's new Premiere Clip app for iPhone and iPad is perhaps the one we can see used more universally, by professionals and general members of the public alike. It is a powerful video editing tool with many of the features of Premiere Pro, but is stripped down to be used by anybody.

It offers fast video editing, much like other applications on the market, where you can just drag and drop footage and photos in the order you like and trim them down, but it is also compatible with Premier Pro so you can export the end result to the desktop software and refine the edit with greater control.

CC Capture Apps

The following apps work across different Adobe desktop software packages as they are designed to complement Photoshop and Illustrator by adding different elements for you to use.

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Brush

Adobe Brush, like the previously released Color and the new Shape app, turns an iPhone or iPad camera into a capture device where you can point it at a pattern or drawing you'd like to turn into a brush for use in Photoshop software across devices.

Like a scanner, it takes a pic of the surface and the app gives you parameters with which to set the brush shape. When finished, it will be stored in your Creative Cloud library so can be used across multiple utilities.

Shape

Adobe Shape is a clever new app that will turn anything you point an iPhone or iPad camera at into a vector line drawing you can import into Illustrator. It sees the edges of real world objects or the contours of a logo and smooths them to create a graphic. Once in Illustrator or even Photoshop it can be resized and reshaped as much as you like.

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Color

Yes it's the American spelling of the word but Color has already been around for a while under the name Kuler. It uses an iPhone camera (not iPad this time) to assess the colours in any object you are focusing on and adds them to your usable palette for Photoshop and Illustrator. They are instantly stored in your cloud library, ready to be accessed the next time you open a supporting application, either mobile or desktop.

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How to send a group email: Quickly add a mail group on th...

09 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

 

Creating groups in the iPhone/iPad Mail app was always helpful. You could set up a group for your family, or the team you work with, and email every member as a single contact. For some reason this handy function was removed. But this clever hack brings the feature back, and shows you how to send a group email quickly in iOS.

 

We miss the ability to set up and send a group email on the iPhone and iPad (or at least we did, until we discovered this clever workaround). Of course, we don't mean group emails in the laborious sense - adding each recipient one by one to the To field. We're talking about the handy shortcut where create a collection of people (say friends, or work colleagues) in advance, and then just enter the name of the group in the To field in Mail - a massive time-saver.

For some reason we can't do this in iOS any more; tapping the plus sign and then Groups merely enables you to select groups created previously in Contacts.

But not to worry. We found a way to send group emails anyway. This trick uses the Contacts app to create a new contact with multiple email addresses; you call the contact 'friends' or 'work' and when you enter that term into the To field in Mail it enters all the email addresses.

 

Setting up Contacts and Mail to send group emails

Sending group emails in Mail on iOS a bit of a fiddly trick, but easy enough to get your head around. These are the steps you need to follow to send a group email in the Mail app in iOS:

  1. Open the Contacts app (it's inside the Extras folder by default).
  2. Tap the Add (+) icon.
  3. Enter the name of the group (such as "friends" or "work") in the Last field.
  4. Scroll down to the Notes section. We're going to use this to write out the email addresses. You need to surround each mail address with greater than and less than symbols and place a comma between each one. For example <John@work.com>, <Jane@work.com>.
  5. Tap and hold the names to bring up the contextual menu. Tap Select All and Copy.
  6. Tap Add Email.
  7. Tap and hold the Email field and tap Paste.

That now creates a contact with a single name but multiple email addresses. Open the Mail app and tap New. Now enter the name of the group into the To field. It will turn blue, indicating that it is a contact. When you send the email it will go to all the people whose email addresses you added to Contacts.

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Detroit man will accept iPhone 6 in exchange for house

09 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

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A man from Detroit has offered to sell his house for an iPhone 6, in a swap that speaks volumes about the mixed fortunes of different parts of America.

The unnamed individual originally listed his three-bedroom property for $5,000 (£3,100) in June, but has now slashed the price to either $3,000, or the latest version of Apple’s iconic smartphone. He would also accept a 32GB iPad, and is willing to negotiate, according to his estate agent, Larry Else.

The 2,400-square foot house is in poor condition, with broken windows and peeling paint, in one of Detroit’s poorest districts. Even so, the trade has highlighted the contrast between America’s thriving technology industry in Silicon Valley and the economic blight still affecting other parts of the country.

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Detroit, also known as Motor City, used to be renowned as the boom town at the heart of America’s auto industry. It is still home to companies like General Motors and Ford, but the city has become a ghost town as US manufacturers lost ground to overseas players and other industries moved out.

In 2012, the city was forced to declare the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history, after racking up $18bn in debts. Hundreds of houses are now offered for sale at below $5000.

However, few have gone as far as offering to swap their houses for an iPhone 6 – a gadget that would cost as little as $649 over the counter of one of Apple’s stores.

According to a local news website in Detroit, Motor City Muckraker, the owner of the house lives overseas and owes more than $6,000 in property taxes, which would be passed onto the new owner.

 

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#hairgate: face it – does the iPhone 6 really pull hair out?

09 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

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After users complained of iPhone 6 Plus phones bending while in trouser or jeans pockets, now Apple faces complaints from users that the iPhone 6 is pulling out hairs from customers’ faces.

“Hairgate”, as social media users have christened it, has seen users across forums and Twitter complaining that the seam between the iPhone’s metal case and the glass traps and pulls out hairs from beards and heads.

 

The Guardian tech team decided to put six phones to the test to see if the iPhone 6 really does pull out hairs, and if so, is it alone? Does the Amazon Fire Phone, Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or BlackBerry Passport pull out hairs too?

Much to our surprise, the iPhone 6 repeatedly pulled out Technology reporter Alex Hern’s beard hairs. The other phones failed to pull out any hairs on his head or beard despite several attempts.

 

“I was surprised when I managed to pull out a beard hair with the iPhone 6, because it certainly has not come up in daily use,” said Hern

 

The iPhone 6 or any of the other phones failed to pull out any of reporter Hannah Jane Parkinson’s hair, despite rigorous rubbing.

From our testing we can conclude that yes, in some circumstances hairs can get trapped and pulled out by the iPhone 6.

Our advice: avoid rubbing it on your face. Or put it in a case.

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iOS 6.1.3-6.1.5 Jailbreak P0sixspwn Released By @iH8sn0w...

31 Dec 2013

Posted By PigPox in iDevice News
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On Monday, December 30, 2013 an iOS 6.1.3 - 6.1.5 untethered jailbreak was released by @iH8sn0w and @winocm for all iOS 6X devices, but was the loss of a valuable exploit too high a price to pay? (Photo:Twitter)

On Monday, December 30, 2013 an iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5 untethered jailbreak all iPhones, iPads and iPods was released by @iH8sn0w and @winocm. Its name is p0sixspwn. While many in the jailbreak community should be pleased — particularly those with the iPhone 3GS and other iDevices which don't support the latest iOS 7 jailbreak — it seems this iOS 6.1.3-6.1.5 jailbreak came at a high cost, as other exploits reportedly could have been used to produce the same result.

 

On Monday morning, Evad3rs team member and evasi0n7 creator Cyril Cattiaux aka @Pod2g posted a series of tweets with regard to how the new p0sixspwn jailbreak was created and released.

While the jailbreak community has been extremely torn by the events of the last week, and few know where to place their loyalty, this latest drama seems like just one more hit to those who simply want to enjoy the freedom jailbreaks provide to their iOS devices.

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— pod2g (@pod2g) December 30, 2013

Throughout the evasi0n7 debacle, @pod2g has been the most vocal of the evad3rs team members, writing two public letters to the community to explain the situation that developed with TaiG while also taking responsibility for the damage done and working to rebuild the bridge that was burned with @Saurik. But this morning's tweets seemed to show some frustration with the on-going drama that runs even deeper than has been completely told. It seems in releasing their new jailbreak for iOS 6X, @iH8sn0w and @winocm burnt some incredibly valuable exploits which have been kept carefully by the jailbreak developers for use in research when new iOS devices and firmwares are released. The most unsettling part of all is that burning that exploit was not a necessity.

.@pod2g @comex and they have two other invaluable exploits that could have been used instead sad.png — Nikias Bassen (@pimskeks) December 30, 2013

So what does all of today's drama mean for the jailbreak community? In speaking to @pod2g this morning, it seems the loss is not a small one.

In hearing this description, numerous questions came into my mind. What will happen in the future if Apple patches this exploit? Could it be used in a downgrade tool? If Apple doesn't patch the exploit will a 7.1 jailbreak be released? Both @pod2g and @comex were gracious enough to give me some comment on these points.

"They talked a lot of sh-- about us, but now they've burnt valuable stuff just for 6.1.x ... nobody looked at their jailbreak tool, but they burnt something allowing root on all devices without any effort. Something that jailbreakers were aware of for years now. Something that's usually the entry point for jailbreak research on new iOS versions and devices. Root code execution. Something that usually requires multiple exploits to achieve."

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A valuable exploit that Comex discovered in iOS was burned in the creation of p0sixspwn, but the security researcher says, it doesn't make future jailbreaking impossible.

According to @comex, though the exploit burned is valuable, it does not completely negate the ability to create future jailbreaks. According to the former jailbreak developer, "it makes things more difficult, but not impossible."

To that

@pod2g added,

 "Implications are that it'll make life of jailbreakers even harder for future iOS jailbreak developments. And I suppose that we'll never find another root execution and injection exploit of this kind in the future. Basically, it allows files to be made available in the device file system (injection) and allows to execute code as root. For example, we could setup afc2 on new iOS versions to play with the file system and find vulnerabilities."

 

 

This exploit, along with some others, was the same one @chpwn used last fall when he produced the infamous iOS 6 failbreak, which prematurely raised the community's hopes. In seeing the value that this particular exploit holds, I asked Cyril if a downgrade tool was in the works, or if by chance, Apple doesn't patch the exploit in 7.1, would the evad3rs be releasing an iOS 7.1 jailbreak using it.

Here is how he replied.

As to a possible iOS 7.1 jailbreak, this was his response.

"A downgrade tool is a completely different story. It requires breaking the boot chain of trust."

To that he added,

"It depends on what Apple patches ... let's say we'd want to burn it for iOS 7.1, we would also need a unsigned code execution vulnerability, a kernel exploit, and a way to stick that at boot."

To emphasize just how valuable the exploit is, @pod2g takes his explanation a bit further.

"But even if we still had that injection and root stuff, not sure that we would release it, because of its value."

"A jailbreak is a whole chain of exploits ... that exploit of @comex's that we did not want to burn in evasi0n7 [would require] 5 vulnerabilities to do the same thing. That's why it is so valuable. The fact that Apple did not patched it in years also is important. It means that it is probably the last thing you'd like to burn when there's nothing remaining."

As a final question, I did ask Cyril what his thoughts were on why @winocm and @iH8sn0w would burn such valuable exploits in the iOS 6.1.3 - 6.1.5 p0sixpwn jailbreak released Monday. Was it truly spite?

To that there seems to be no answer. Cyril's only response was:

I have reached out to @winocm and @iH8sn0w for a response, but thus far have received no reply. If they submit a rebuttal, I will update this post. To download and install @winocm and @iH8sn0w's iOS 6.1.3 - 6.1.5 jailbreak, visit p0sixspwn.com

"Why? I dunno. Perhaps they were not aware it still works on newer versions."

 

 

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Apple Announces 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 P...

09 Sep 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

At its special media event today, Apple announced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is touting a "Retina HD Display" on both phones, as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 features a 1334 x 750 display at 326 pixels-per-inch while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 1920 x 1080 display at 401 ppi. The iPhone 6 is said to have more than 1 million pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus is said to have 2 million pixels.

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“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”

The new models feature a number of hardware changes, including a chassis that is 6.9 mm thin for the iPhone 6 and 7.1 mm for the iPhone 6 Plus. Both models feature the next-generation 64-bit A8 chip, which features 2 billion transistors on a 20nm processor. The A8 delivers 25% faster CPU performance and is 13% smaller and 50% more energy efficient when compared to the A7. The device also comes with a next-generation M8 motion coprocessor which can now estimate distance and elevation changes with a new barometer.

Apple states that the iPhone 6 will get 50 hours of battery life for audio, 11 hours for video, 11 hours for WiFi browsing and 10 hours for LTE browsing. With its even bigger body, the iPhone 6 Plus will get 80 hours of battery life for audio, 14 hours for video, and 12 hours for Wi-Fi and LTE browsing. The iPhone 6 now also includes Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) technology, including 20 LTE band, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which delivers 3x faster Wi-Fi and support for Wi-Fi calling.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also support a new camera system with a brand-new 8-megapixel sensor, along with a circular true tone flash. Apple is also touting "Focus Pixel" technology, which allows the lens to move in and out to better determine autofocus points. The camera also features next-gen tone mapping and noise reduction. Apple also says the camera is complimented by a new gyroscope and image stabilization built into the A8 processor. Exclusive to the iPhone 6 Plus is an optical image stabilization system.

As for video capabilities, both devices shoot in 1080p at 30fps and 60fps, along with 240fps slo-mo video, which is up from 120fps on the iPhone 5s. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also received a new sensor with a f2.2 aperture that lets in 81% more light. Users can also shoot single-shot HDR photos and take HDR video.

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Both devices will launch on September 19 in the first wave of countries, with pre-orders starting on September 12. The iPhone 6 will be available in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB variants for $199, $299, and $399. The iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the same storage capacities for $299, $399, and $499, respectively. Both iPhone 6 models also come in the same Space Gray, Gold, and Silver variants. The iPhone 5c is now free on contract while the iPhone 5s will now be offered for $99

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Hands-On First Impressions of the New Apple Watch

09 Sep 2014

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