Flappy Bird was undeniably one of the biggest successes in mobile gaming we’ve witnessed since the Angry Birds franchise made the scene. And being pulled by its developer when the game had reached an all-time high in terms of fame and revenue – on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store – it was strongly believed that the game will never see the light of day again, until now.
Thanks to the closed-source nature of Apple’s iOS, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users must make do with the stock keyboard, and although it has improved to a degree over the years, it is, without a doubt, still streets behind the likes of SwiftKey and Swype. The only way these more advanced keyboards have managed sneak onto stock iOS is through standalone apps like SwiftKey Note and Hipjot, but now, the developer of the latter has made the intuitive typing interface available to those running jailbroken devices.
Turning water into wine is the kind of stuff that miracles are made of, but now, there’s a machine that enables you to do exactly that. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, the Miracle Machine is also controlled by an app for iPhone, providing what is, without doubt, the most awesome way to create and ferment your own wine.
In the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, it has now emerged that the Cupertino-based company has demanded, in front of a jury, that its Korean competitor stumps up the almighty sum of $40 per infringing device. The total, which Apple has arrived at by highlighting five separate patents per device (around $8 a pop), would equate to an eye-watering total sum, and even FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller – a guy that tends to see these matters from Apple’s side – seems to think this is a step too far.
If you’ve been having some troubles with the iOS 7 auto-brightness feature, then you’ll be relieved to learn that you’re not alone. As many users have discovered, the back light of display doesn’t always properly adjust, but if you were wondering if there was a way to fix this nagging issue, then check the remedial tutorial below.
Fans of Microsoft’s Surface tablet have been waiting patiently for additional news about the new Surface Power Cover. The interesting new accessory was originally teased back at the end of the third quarter last year, but there’s been relatively little buzz about the product in the time that has followed. The original speculation suggested that Microsoft had every intention of releasing the powerful new cover alongside the second-generation Surface hardware, but for a number of reasons that plan didn’t come to fruition. Still, all good things come to those who wait, and we can now welcome in some additional details about the cover, including a release date and price.
Apple finally brought folder functionality to iOS way back in 2010 with iOS 4, but up until September’s iOS 7 update, the feature was extremely limited. As well as making some dramatic aesthetic alterations with the latest firmware, several features, including folders, were greatly expanded. The limitation of around a dozen icons – arbitrary in the eyes of many – was lifted, and pages were introduced, meaning we didn’t have to make several folders for one category. As well as all that, iOS 7 also accidentally made it possible for nested folders to exist, but now, thanks to iOS 7.1, the jig is up.
What with it only being the middle of March, and with no new iPhone anticipated until the fall, it shouldn’t be too surprising that rumors and reports regarding the Cupertino company’s next big thing are both plentiful and conflicting. But one common theme is that the so-called iPhone 6 – which could offer two different sizing configurations – will be larger than the current iPhone 5s, and with the likes of Reuters and Bloomberg having corroborated this notion, it’s no wonder the blogosphere has gotten itself into something of a tizzy. Today, Mac Otakara has jumped into the debate, suggesting that the two new devices will integrate design elements of both the iPhone 5c and sixth-gen iPod nano.
In bringing forth its in-house Maps app along with iOS 6 – a decision that saw Google Maps ousted from the native roster – Apple oversaw what was considered to be one of the greatest tech fails of 2012. But having shaken up its iOS software development team and made a host of improvements, Maps is finally starting to look like a navigation service that folks can rely upon. 9to5Mac has word that with iOS 8, continuing the enhancement of Maps is high on the priority list, with public transport directions services being the main implementation, and beyond that, the Cupertino is also toying with the idea of integrating indoor mapping into Maps.
If you’re an Instagram user, and even if you’re not, you’ll probably have taken some note of the selfie craze, and as well as enabling users to readily share their selfies with anyone who cares to look, the Instagram app also makes it easy for folks to edit and prime these self-snaps with filters and other effects. One such feature, known as lux, brings a warm feeling to shots, reducing overexposure and, most importantly, making people look prettier. And now, an update to Instagram for iOS bring more control over lux, and full details of what else is inside Instagram 5.0.6 can be seen below.
Titanfall has, without any doubt, been the most anticipated game to release so far in 2014, and today, Xbox One users can finally pick up their copy. Microsoft rolled out a big system update last week, with one of the main improvements being to bolster the infrastructure of online multiplayer in anticipation for Titanfall’s release, and after much ado, interested parties can now dive straight into the action.
Apple finally released iOS 7.1 yesterday, bringing some big improvements to Siri and iTunes Radio while also introducing CarPlay – the company’s in-car flavor of iOS. But for some iOS 7 users, such as those on the antiquated iPhone 4, the update brought forth some significant speed improvements, reinstating some of the snappiness lost following the iOS 7.0 release back in September.
It seems to have been in development for longer than iOS 7.0 itself, but the 7.1 update to iOS is now here, and even though it’s not got all the gusto of a big point-0 release, there’s still a fair few changes gone into an offering that many will be pleased to see arrive.
Apple has just dropped iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, with features spanning from Siri improvements to the introduction of CarPlay. But precisely which features you’ll be getting depends largely upon the region in which you reside, and if you’re unsure as to what to expect after downloading and installing iOS 7.1, then Apple has created a useful check-list.
Everybody’s talking about the release of the iOS 7.1 software update, which has finally trickled out earlier on today after a few weeks of incessant speculation, but it’s not only Apple’s mobile devices to get a handsome software bump. Apple TV users can now pick up firmware update 6.1, and to supplement the experience for users of the company’s set-top, the corresponding iOS Remote app has just been updated.
In between the major upgrades to its iOS device roster, Apple often quietly pushes refreshed hardware, tweaking a certain fault or improving overall efficiency or performance. Today’s iOS 7.1 update appears to indicate that the iPad range has been subject to one or two subtle alterations, with the list of devices compatible with the new firmware revealing two new unidentified iPad device numbers. iOS 7.1 for iPads 4,3 and 4,6 – neither of which have been announced by Apple – suggest that the Cupertino has been doing a little hardware-based housekeeping, but since no announcement was made, any changes are probably rudimentary, with no immediately apparent differences.
Amid the well-publicized release of iOS 7.1 today, Apple has also dropped a noteworthy bump to the firmware of Apple TV, bringing the version number up to iOS 6.1. The marquee feature of the update is the new-found ability to hide channels, and we’ve got the rest of the important details right here.
As expected, Apple has just released iOS 7.1 for owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but if you want to preserve your device’s jailbreaking potential, then you must avoid updating to it at all costs. The Evasi0n7 untethered jailbreaking tool has, as we expected, been patched by the Cupertino-based company, so do not download the new firmware version unless you’re willing to give up any immediate hope of a jailbreak.
The final version of iOS 7.1 download links have just been released by Apple for those on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As well as bringing support for the Cupertino company’s recently-unveiled CarPlay feature, iOS 7.1 brings a host of smaller enhancements, as well as the usual supply of bug fixes and general performance enhancements. Full details and download information, as well as the full change log, can be found after the break.
FaceTime serves as a great way for owners of iOS device users to communicate in a face-to-face manner, but while it’s ideal for video chatting with family and friends, there’s no platform for meeting new people. Thanks to a new little website called FaceTime Plus, though, this is now possible, and in essence, it’s very much FaceTime meets Chatroulette.