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The case for a 'Safari view controller' for iOS 9

The case for a 'Safari view controller' for iOS 9

Web views are an incredibly convenient way to handle in-app browsing. Since they're WebKit, you get the same kind of experience and performance as Safari, but you don't have to send people hurtling out of your app and into Safari simply to show them a link. However, web views can't store cookies...
iOS 9 wish-list: VIP for Contacts, not just Mail

iOS 9 wish-list: VIP for Contacts, not just Mail

Mail's VIP feature is great. I can "star" the people most important to me, thus enabling sound and Lock screen notifications solely for them. It's a great way to make sure I'm alerted when I get email that matters, and avoid being interrupted when it doesn't. My problem? VIP currently only exists...
iOS 8 now installed on 63 percent of devices

iOS 8 now installed on 63 percent of devices

According to Apple's App Store distribution numbers, various versions of the company's iOS 8 software is now installed on 63 percent of devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Now, iOS 7 is installed on 33 percent of devices while prior versions of iOS is found on just 4 percent of...
Apple releases iOS 8.1.2

Apple releases iOS 8.1.2

Apple has released a new iOS 8 to the public, this time iOS 8.1.2. The update is available for download over the air on your device or through iTunes. This update is supposed to correct an issue that may have caused ringtones purchased through iTunes to be removed from devices. You can restore...
Transmit update removes uploading to iCloud at Apple's request

Transmit update removes uploading to iCloud at Apple's request

Transmit, the popular cloud storage management app for iOS scored an update today, but that isn't the big news. Along with bug fixes, Panic, the developers behind Transmit, had to remove the app's ability to send files to other services, including iCloud, because of a conflict with Apple's...
Mozilla is finally working on bringing Firefox to iOS

Mozilla to finally bring Firefox to iOS

Though Apple has historically been pretty restrictive when it comes to third-party browsers on iOS, it looks like Mozilla may finally be making the plunge onto your iPhone in the near future. Mozilla's release manager, Lukas Blakk, said via Twitter today that the company is going to bring Firefox...
How to use iTunes in the Cloud: The ultimate guide

How to use iTunes in the Cloud: The ultimate guide

iTunes in the Cloud lets you access content you've bought from iTunes Store, the App Store, and iBooks Store from any device you have linked to your iTunes account. That means you can re-download previous purchases to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or to your Windows or Mac PC running iTunes...
iOS 9 wish-list: 'Favorite' iMessages

iOS 9 wish-list: 'Favorite' iMessages

Sometimes I'm having a conversation on iMessage and the person — or one of the people in a group — I'm conversing with says something so funny, so profound, so touching, or so important I just want to favorite it so they'll know, and so that I'll be able to find it again in the future when I want...
iOS 8 now installed on 60 percent of devices

iOS 8 now installed on 60 percent of devices

Apple has announced that its iOS 8 operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad now is installed on 60 percent of devices as of November 24. With the latest numbers, iOS 7 is installed on 35 percent of devices while prior iOS versions are on 5 percent of devices. At its October event,...
Fantastical, Chatology get deep price cuts through the new year

Fantastical, Chatology get deep price cuts through the new year

There are sure to be tons of apps on sale as we approach black friday, but Flexibits is doing one better and slashing the prices of its apps through the new year. Starting today, you can pick up Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac for much cheaper than its normal going rate. Also in tow is a...
Haven't updated to iOS 8 yet? Now's the time!

Haven't updated to iOS 8 yet? Now's the time!

There's an old saying among computer users who tend towards the conservative — wait for the update to the update. It means that, when a new version of software comes out, they avoid it. They also avoid the urgent update that typically follows it. They avoid until the one comes out that's had time...
How to let others add photos to your shared Photo Streams

How to let others add photos to your shared Photo Streams

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you easily share photos with other iPhone and iPad owners in what's called a shared Photo Stream. Once you create the stream and they join it, they can view, comment, and like any photos you add. And, if you like, you can even let other people add photos to your shared...
Apple Pay

Apple Pay adds Commerce Bank MasterCard support

The Apple Pay system has quietly added another US bank to its list of supported institutions. Commerce Bank, which has branches in a number of states, mostly in the Midwest, is now listed on Apple's support site, but just for its MasterCard. While Commerce Bank also has a Visa credit card, it...
Apple Play on iPhone 6

Apple Pay TV ads from Chase will start airing today featuring pop band Bleachers

Chase is debuting their first commercial featuring Apple Pay. The ad stars indie band Bleachers, and features the group going through the day before a show, doing things like getting a haircut, eating a meal, and more, and paying for all of it with their Chase cards through Apple Pay. Apple had...
Ringtones and text tones gone after updating to iOS 8.1.1? Here's the fix!

Ringtones and text tones gone after updating to iOS 8.1.1? Here's the fix!

If you upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8.1.1 only to find that your ringtones or text tones had gone missing, you aren't alone. Unfortunately, this seems to be a common problem around iOS update time. However, there are a few ways you can try and get them back, and even better — something you...
It's now easier than ever to advertise with iAd

Automated iAd sales begin with a trio of partners

Apple's official expanding the breadth of iAd ad system for iPhone and iPad by partnering with three established advertising firms: Rubicon Project, MediaMath, and AdRoll. The first actually posted the news two days ago, and now we're learning more about the full extent of the collaboration that...
How to set up and use Reading Lists in Safari for iPhone and iPad

How to set up and use Reading Lists in Safari for iPhone and iPad

Reading Lists is Apple's own take on a read-it-later service. Built right into the Safari browser on iPhone and iPad, Reading Lists let you save any articles you stumble across while browsing the web so you can go back and read them at your convenience. Because Reading Lists sync via [iCloud],...
What you need to know about WatchKit

What you need to know about WatchKit

Time to break out the big ideas for watch-based computing: WatchKit, Apple's software development kit for creating apps for the Apple Watch, has arrived. You'll need an iOS developer account to start developing with WatchKit and dive into the nitty-gritty technical details, but if you're merely...
Apple Watch

iOS 8.2 beta SDK, WatchKit beta SDK mean you can start making Apple Watch apps

Starting today developers can start making their own apps for the upcoming Apple Watch, well before it's expected to go on sale. Apple today announced the availability of the first version of their WatchKit dev tools as part of the iOS 8.2 developer SDK release. This first WatchKit release...
iOS 8.1.1 on iPad gives back 500MB of storage space

iOS 8.1.1 on iPad gives back 500MB of storage space

iOS 8.1.1 not only provides bug fixes and performance improvements, especially for iPhone 4s and iPad 2, but it also comes with a nice surprise for all iPad owners — it returns about half a gigabyte of storage space. After hearing about it from several readers last night, I tested it on a couple...

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