14 hours ago
Apple's TestFlight winning over devs and testers
Last year Apple bought TestFlight, the popular beta distribution app, and relaunched it WWDC 2014 in a more focused, integrated form, but one that also required App Store approval for major feature changes. Since then developers and testers alike have been trying it out. The verdict so far?
16 hours ago
Secret Siri commands: Twelve cool questions you can ask right now!
Siri launched in 2011 and can now be found on all modern iPhones and iPads. It's a virtual digital assistant that uses natural language voice control and sequential inference to listen to what you want and provide the best possible information or answer it can provide. It can help you stay connected, organize your life, and get thing done both professional and personal. It can also do a lot of cool tricks... all you have to do is know what to ask!
18 hours ago
Comic: An elegant computer for a more civilized age
Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.
20 hours ago
DIY: How to make an awesome wall collage using your Instagram photos!
DIY, short for "do it yourself", is a weekly column where I roll up my sleeves and go over everything and anything from field-stripped and fixing your out-of-warranty iPhone or iPad to fun projects you can do with apps, family, and friends.
Post lots of photos on Instagram? Ever think how cool it would be to turn all of your different photos into an awesome in-real-life collage to hang in your home? I recently decided I wanted to do just that with some of our vacation photos. After a quick web search, however, I realized the selection of free templates to choose from is rather dismal. That's when I decided to make my own customizable template. Follow along for cool, free downloadable templates and complete step by step instructions to get your Instagram collage up on your wall in no time!
20 hours ago
Scoop up these iPhone 5/5S hard cases on the cheap today—only $6.95
This lightweight hard shell case features impact resistance in an extremely slim profile design, showcasing your iPhone 5's form and style. The back has a unique texture that's easy to grip and looks great, too! Choose your favorite color and save 65%
21 hours ago
iMore show 440: 8-bit Rich
The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode Apple logos at the State of the Union and Windows Events, rumors of an Apple stylus pen, more selfies! and iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6c future talk! With Serenity Caldwell, Ally Kazmucha, Rene Ritchie, and guest Rich Stevens!
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22 hours ago
The history of the video game cartridge
For decades, the video game cartridge was the staple of home video game play, and even a vital component of many early home computer systems. Interestingly, the companies that developed the first videogame cartridge and brought it to market are largely a forgotten footnote in the annals of early game development. Writing for Fast Company, Benj Edwards has documented the early days of cartridge development at Alpex and Fairchild:
23 hours ago
Amazon Prime annual membership discounted to $72 for one day only
If you're looking to become an Amazon Prime member, now is the time to do it as the retailer is offering the annual membership for just $72, down from its usual price of $99. In addition to the discount on the membership, Amazon is streaming all ten episodes of its original series Transparent for free to non-Prime members on January 24.
1 day ago
Largest Apple Store in Asia officially opens doors in Hangzhou, China
Apple has officially opened doors to the public at its Westlake store in Hangzhou, China. The Westlake Apple Store is one of five retail stores opening in the country before the Chinese New Year, which falls on February 19. Apple has promoted the launch of the store – which is the largest Apple Store in Asia – with a mural by famed calligrapher Wang Dongling.
1 day ago
'Thunderstrike' attack also fixed in OS X 10.10.2
"Thunderstrike" is the name for an attack that can target Mac hardware via the Thunderbolt port. Apple had previously updated the Retina 5K iMac and 2014 Mac mini to partially secure them against Thunderstrike. Now, the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 will fix the problem for all recent Macs running Yosemite.
1 day ago
Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?
According to Apple, as of January 19, 2015, 69% of devices — iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch — currently accessing the App Store are running iOS 8. That leaves 28% still running iOS 7, and 3% running iOS 6 or earlier.
The iPhone 4, originally released in 2010, is the only device capable of running iOS 7 that can't be updated to iOS 8. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 all shipped with iOS 8.
Everything else, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini 2, can be updated to iOS 8. It's reasonable to assume some portion of that 28% is comprised of iPhone 4. Tens of millions were sold between 2010 and 2014 and many are likely still in use. How many is impossible to say.
Presuming you're not using an iPhone 4 or older device, however, and your device is capable of running iOS 8, and you haven't updated yet, what are you still waiting for?
1 day ago
HD audio is only valuable for the remastering
There's been a lot of buzz about "HD audio" lately — some even rumored that it would be included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — but the dirty little music secret is this: Humans can't appreciate the difference if all you're bringing to the track is more bits.
1 day ago
How to modify OS X's Finder toolbar
There are things we all take for granted, because we see them so often. One of those is the toolbar that graces every open window in OS X's Finder. Did you know the Finder toolbar is customizable? Here's how.
1 day ago
HomeKit ramp isn't fast or slow — it's arriving exactly when it means to
Last week, after CES 2015, I wrote about what was taking HomeKit accessories time to hit the shelves. Today, Recode has written about what, in their opinion, is behind the "slow ramp". There's some interesting information in there about chipset availability from Broadcom but, before we can talk about speed to market, I think it's valuable to break down the actual timelines and processes involved.
1 day ago
11 amazing action extensions for iPhone
iOS has let us copy, paste, and print for quite some time now, but iOS 8 shook things up, allowing developers to build action extensions right into their apps that make them more useful and intuitive than ever. With action extensions, you no longer have to copy a password from your favorite password management app or use an in-app browser; instead, you can call it up via the Share sheet whenever you need it. You can also perform translations on the fly, thanks to apps like Bing Search, or even add a delivery to your favorite tracking app with just a tap. Read on for some of our favorite apps that support action extensions!
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