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Steve Jobs biopic opens today in four theaters in New Yor...

Yesterday, 01:03 PM

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If you live in New York City or Los Angeles, you can actually go to a theater today to see the long-awaited, and much discussed, biopic of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs. However, the studio behind the movie, Universal Pictures, has decided to debut the film in just four theaters this weekend, before in opens in far more cineplexes nationwide on October 23.

According to Deadline:

Though a studio offering, the title has some kinship with its more traditional specialty counterparts with a limited release positioned to capitalize on festival buzz."

The film was directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs. Even though he looks nothing like Apple's co-founder, Fassbender's performance as Jobs is already generating a lot of praise from critics, with many seeing him getting an Oscar nomination. The movie also stars Seth Rogen as Apple's other co-founder Steve Wozniak, along with Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley.

Steve Jobs was written by Aaron Sorkin, and he based his script in part on the biography of Apple's co-founder by Walter Isaacson. Sorkin wrote the script in three acts, centering on a product launch. The first takes place in 1984, with the launch of the first Macintosh. The second occurs in 1988, when Jobs launched his ill-fated NeXT computer. The final act jumps ahead to 1998 when Jobs, now back at Apple, reveals the first iMac.

Each act was filmed with different methods, according to Doyle:

"We used 16mm film for the first act because it felt like the early days and [Steve Jobs] felt like the pirate and rebel breaking down the edifice of IBM. [Then we used] 35mm for the second act, which has a subterranean river of intention running through it… and then we moved to [digital] in the third part."

Source: Deadline





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App Store removes VPN-based ad blockers over privacy conc...

Yesterday, 02:12 AM

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VPN profile apps don't just block ads, they deeply inspect all your traffic, even private and secure traffic.

While Apple has provided a mechanism to create safe, private content blocking extensions for Safari on iPhone and iPad, in the last few days apps have taken it a step further, installing root certificates in order to block ads inside apps as well.

The problem with these blocker apps is that they work by installing VPN profiles, which means they intermediate secure connections and "see" all your private internet traffic. They are, essentially, a voluntary person-in-the-middle attack. For that reason, Apple is removing them from the App Store. Here's the statement Apple provided me:

"Apple is deeply committed to protecting customer privacy and security," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "We've removed a few apps from the App Store that install root certificates which enable the monitoring of customer network data that can in turn be used to compromise SSL/TLS security solutions. We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk."

I was surprised the VPN profile-based ad blocking apps were approved to begin with. Marketing a VPN is one thing. It's crystal clear what it is what's happening when you use it. Marketing an in-app ad blocker that happens to work through a VPN isn't so clear. People may really want the former and not understand the consequences of the latter.

In other words, deep packet inspection of everything done on the internet by the ad-blocking app, even secure financial transactions and communications, on their servers and any servers involved in their chain, and in a way that's not easily toggled on or off.

Again, Apple is still allowing VPN apps on the store. iOS 9 introduced new network extensions for both personal and corporate VPNs. They're just not allowing ad-blockers based on VPN profiles.

There will no doubt be complaints from people who think they want these apps and these types of services, and from developers who make the apps. But the potential risk of abuse is simply too high.

Some will also question Apple's choice in allowing content-blockers for Safari but not for apps. The difference is that the WebKit/Safari team spent time creating a private, secure way to block content in Safari that doesn't allow the blocker to do any tracking of its own. They're precompiled and at no point to they get to see what you're doing or where you're doing it.

While Apple has done things like ban the use of cross-app tracking through mechanisms like UDID, there's not yet a similarly private, secure way to block content in apps.

Unless and until that changes, allowing these VPN profile-based content blockers in the App Store goes against Apple's privacy and security policies, which the company has made a major, top-down, front-facing feature of the platform.





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App indexing coming to Google searches in Safari on iOS 9...

Yesterday, 08:48 PM

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Google announced today that it has enabled app indexing for Safari on iOS 9, and users will start to see relevant links in Google searches by the end of October. With app indexing, developers can add the Universal Links standard to their apps to have them appear in search results, allowing users to tap a link in Google searches in Safari and be taken directly to the relevant app. From Google:

App Indexing is now compatible with HTTP deep link standards for iOS 9, as it has been on Android from the beginning. That means that you can start getting your app content into the Search results page on Safari in iOS, simply by adding Universal Links to your iOS app, then integrating with our SDK. With this improvement, we will no longer support new integrations on iOS 7 and iOS 8. Users will start seeing your app content in Safari on iOS at the end of October.

The feature has been available on iOS since May, but was only enabled in the Chrome browser and the Google app. Now, however, developers can surface links to content within their apps from Google searches in Safari, opening the feature up to a much larger audience starting at the end of October.
Source: Google





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Relay.fm's iPhone app will keep you up on the network...

Yesterday, 02:51 PM

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Podcast network Relay.FM has launched its own app for the iPhone. The app allows you to subscribe to the network's shows, listen to the latest episodes, and even tune-in live.

Relay.FM's app also helps keep you up to date on your favorite shows, notifying you when a new episode is avaialble or when a particular show goes live. While you can listen to new episodes in the app itself, Relay.FM also encourages you to listen to its shows in one a number of other podcasts apps, such as Overcast, Pocket Casts, or Castro, when you tap the "Subscribe" button on a show, presenting you with a list of app options.

You can grab Relay.FM for iPhone from the App Store now.





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Best apps with 3D Touch for iPhones 6s!

Yesterday, 12:00 PM

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Why tap and tap when you can press and go with these great 3D Touch-enabled apps for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus!

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come with 3D Touch, a new interaction technology that makes multitouch multidimensional. While Apple has enabled it in many of the company's own apps, they've also provided a way for App Store apps to enable 3D Touch as well. There aren't a lot yet, and many more will come, but here are some of the best so far!

3D Touch offers Home screen actions, peek and pop shortcuts, and pressure sensitivity. Apps can adopt one or all of those. If you're curious how it all works, check out our 3D Touch explainer. If all you want is the apps, keep reading!



Instagram, the social photo sharing network now owned by Facebook, is turning 5 this week. It's also seriously upping it's game with 3D Touch support for Home screen actions like New Post, View Activity, Search, and Direct. In the Instagram app you can 3D Touch a name to see their account card and swipe up to get Unfollow, Turn on Post Notifications, and Send Message options. You can also 3D Touch on a photo in grid view to preview it, and swipe up to get Like, Comment, and Send Message.



The world's most popular collection network, Pinterest, has added 3D Touch support for Home screen actions. Now, with the press of a finger, you can launch straight into trending, search pins, and create a board. Once inside a board, you can also 3D Touch to peek at items and pin, link, and send items. Those options aren't implemented in the standard 3D Touch quick action way—they show up in a custom radial menu right where your finger is. Similar to how instant sending in Messages works, all you have to do is slide and you're on your way.



Dropbox, the most popular non-Apple storage provider on iOS, has added 3D Touch for both Home screen actions and peek and pop. Actions include the most recent file update, offline files, upload photo, and search. In the Dropbox app, you can peek at media files like photos and music, and swipe up to get options like send link, make available offline, rename, move, and delete. It makes Dropbox much faster and more convenient to use.



Yes, iMovie is an Apple app and it's even coming pre-installed on larger-capacity iPhones6s, but it's still got the beginning of a really solid 3D Touch implementation. Home screen actions include new movie and your last three movie projects. Inside the iMovie app, you can peek at a movie project and watch it play before opening it, to make sure you've found the right one. It's super handy once the number of projects start adding up. Unfortunately, there's no pressure sensitive fast forward or rewind yet, but that feels like something Apple needs to add to the media player in general...

Voice Dream Writer


When Apple launched 3D Touch they launched it with VoiceOver, their screen reader technology for the blind and visually impaired. Voice Dream Writer, which reads the written word in attempt to help everyone produce better work, returns the favor by implementing 3D Touch in a variety of thoughtful ways. Home screen actions include new documents and new from clipboard. You can also peek at your files to make sure you have the right one before opening it. What's more, you can press on the fast forward button to increase the speed of the screen reader. It's incredibly cool!



One of our favorite calculator apps is embracing 3D Touch in a couple of clever ways. You get Home screen actions, of course, but you also get to configure them in settings so they're exactly the way you want them. You can include any four of new calculation, paste clipboard, last conversion, use [your choice of] layout, convert [your choice of measures], last function, last memory, last result, last y register, open constants, open conversions, open functions, open tape, and run [your choice of function]. There are multiple choice options as well, so you can have multiple layouts or conversions, for example. You can also peek at the tape, registers, or RPN stack. It's a seriously cool way to calculate. (The free version doesn't include the settings or peek, but you can unlock them via in-app purchase... or just get the full version and enjoy!)



Like Automator on Mac, Workflow on iPhone lets you make routine tasks into repeatable magic. With 3D Touch, you can use Home screen actions to launch right into your most important workflows. In the Workflow app, you can peek at your 'flows to reminder yourself what's in them or make sure you're choosing the right one. You can also swipe up to get options like rename, duplicate, delete, and share. It's automation accelerated.



OpenTable not only enjoys Siri access on the iPhone but now also includes 3D Touch. Home screen actions let you launch right into your favorites or access upcoming reservations. With peek you can take a closer look at a joint before making a reservation and, if you don't like it, you can move on without first having to move back. It's super convenient. There are also preview actions for the next available reservation times, which is beyond super convenient.



The original square photo filter app, Hipstamatic is as hip as ever, thanks to 3D Touch. With Home screen actions you can shoot food, shoot sunset, shoot portrait, or edit your last photo. Yeah, it's like that. Once you launch the Hipstamatic app, you can also peek at any photo to make sure you select the right one, and get quick actions for mark favorite, duplicate and edit, share, and trash.

Scanner Pro


With the new 12 megapixel camera you can "scan" documents using your iPhone with better clarity than ever. With Scanner Pro, you can use Home screen actions to initiate a new scan or scan from an existing photo. Within the Scanner Pro app, you can preview scans so you can make sure you're always selecting the right one, and you can swipe up to get additional options like edit, retake, share, and delete.

The developer, Readdle, has also added Home screen actions and peek to their file browser, Documents.



Everyone's favorite cross-platform note-taker has added 3D Touch to make note-taking even more convenient. You get Home screen actions like new note, take photo, and set reminder. In the Evernote app, you can peek at notes and work chats, and swipe up for options including add to shortcuts, set reminder, and share.

And more!


We've highlight apps that implement multiple types of 3D Touch because that provides for the best experience. There are several apps that have only just begun implementing 3D Touch, however, and some are still worth a look.

  • Launch Center Pro: Configurable Home screen actions to launch your favorite LCP actions.
  • Camera+: Home screen actions for photo, selfie, macro, and lightbox.
  • Twitter: Home screen quick actions.
  • Endless Alphabet: Pressure sensitivity to make them letters DANCE!
  • Magic Piano: The harder you press, the more power you put behind the note you play.
  • Omni apps: Home screen actions for OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and OmniPlan.
  • Things: Home screen actions for getting things done.
  • Apple Store: Home screen actions for shop, stores, and orders.
  • Shazam: Home screen actions for Shazam now and visual Shazam.

If you've got any 3D Touch favorites I missed, let me know in the comments!





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App Store bug fixed, apps returning to purchase history

08 Oct 2015

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If you were missing apps in your purchase history, good news—they're coming back!

A couple of weeks ago Mac App Store apps disappeared from the purchase history tab, making re-downloads impossible. It was a bug, Apple fixed it, and purchase histories were restored. Now a similar bug has been fixed on the iOS App Store, and purchase histories there are also being restored.

Just like with the Mac App Store, iPhone and iPad owners began noticing apps and games were missing from their purchase history earlier this week. Since the App Store is often a black box, lots of speculation followed. Fortunately, the simple answer in this case was the correct one.

Not all apps are back yet, but should be as the fix rolls out.

Note: Developers can still remove apps permanently if they choose to, for example if web services shut down or the code no longer works with modern devices. In those cases, when the apps wouldn't work anymore anyway, there's nothing to be done, even by Apple. It's the developer's call.

Otherwise, if you noticed you couldn't re-download some old apps and games, hang tight. They're on their way back!





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How to create folders and add apps to your iPhone 6s and...

28 Sep 2015

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Keep your Home screen clutter-free by creating folders.

Your iPhone and iPad Home screens can hold dozens and dozens of apps, but thanks to folders, that number leaps up to thousands. If your Home screen is getting a bit messy, consider folders to help you collect and organize apps of a similar type, color, style, or whatever specifics you dictate.

How create folders on your iPhone or iPad
  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Touch and hold on the app you want to create a folder for until all apps begin to jiggle and you enter Edit mode. (If you have an iPhone 6s and press too hard, you'll trigger 3D Touch; tap and hold lightly to enter Edit mode.)
  3. While continuing to hold your finger down on the app, drag it on top of another app you want in the same folder.
  4. If you don't like the automatic name iOS creates for your folder, tap the name field and change it to anything you like, then tap Done.

  5. Tap outside the folder area to return to the Home screen.
  6. Drag any additional apps that you want in the folder onto the folder.
  7. Click the Home button to exit Edit mode and complete the new folder.
How to add apps to folders on iPhone or iPad
  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Touch and hold on the app you want to add to your folder until all apps begin to jiggle and you enter Edit mode.
  3. While continuing to hold your finger down on the app, drag it to the folder.
  4. Release your finger to drop it into the folder.

  5. Drag any additional apps that you want onto that folder.
  6. Click the Home button to exit Edit mode.
How to remove a folder from your iPhone or iPad
  1. Go to your Home screen and tap the folder in question.
  2. Touch and hold on an app in the folder to enter Edit mode.
  3. Drag all apps out of the folder, at which point it will disappear.

Questions? Comments?

Let us know below!

Rene Ritchie contributed to an earlier version of this article.





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ReadQuick 3.1.2 brings integration with Instapaper, Evern...

Yesterday, 06:49 PM

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Speed reading app ReadQuick has been updated to version 3.1.2, adding bug fixes and some new features. Specifically, users can now log in to services like Instapaper, Pocket, and Evernote right from the Settings menu in the app.
Here's what you'll find in ReadQuick 3.1.2 for iPhone and iPad:

We've heard all of your feedback and we are continuing to fix these launch bugs and add features. Here's what we added: - ability to log in to your favorite services using Settings page

You can grab the update from the App Store right now.





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Verizon introduces five new prepaid data plans for tablet...

Yesterday, 06:43 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.imore.com...on">Verizon</a>has introduced a set of five new prepaid data plans for tablets, giving customers options ranging from 500MB to 10GB. <!--break--> The new plans are available for 3G and 4G-enabled tablets, as well as hotspots and other connected devices. Here are how things break down:</p> <ul><li>500MB - $15/week</li> <li>1GB - $20/month</li> <li>2GB - $35/2 months</li> <li>5GB - $60/2 months</li> <li>10GB - $100/2 months</li> </ul><p>Again, these are prepaid data plans, and should come in handy if you're heading out on a short business trip or vacation with your tablet or hotspot. In addition, you can enroll in auto pay to keep the data coming consistently. Verizon notes that if you're already enrolled in auto pay on an existing plan, you get to keep it "until it expires or replenishment occurs."</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.imore.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-7293438-11365093-1424122747000%3Fsid%3Dd_im%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.verizonwireless.com%252Fnews%252Farticle%252F2015%252F10%252Fdevice-data-plans-simplified-for-everyone.html" title="" rel="nofollow">Verizon</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/241225731733/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4a8d27fb/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/y92YLLlyCrk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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