Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new feature set

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

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1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new features

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

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Apple pulls Vidyo screen recording utility from App Store

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 17:17
Category: App Store, iOS, News, Software

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If you were interested in the Vidyo screen recording utility, Apple’s yanked it from the App Store.

The app allowed users to record their device’s screen on iPhone and iPad, even when you weren’t using the app itself. That meant you could also record your homescreen. The app made this possible by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection – something that also likely violated Apple’s terms of service and contributed to its removal.

The device, which was tested by MacStories, recorded the iOS device’s audioor the microphone’s audio, video from the device screen or the cameras, and could output in resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps. The app also included other features that let you import your own audio files to combine with your screen recordings in order to make screencasts.

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Pay Finders app uses crowd sourcing, allows users to find more than 12,000 Apple Pay vendors in the U.S.

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 11:17
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This could be pretty useful.

Brian Roemmele’s PayFinder app works via crowdsourcing to report over 12,000 merchants in North America that accept Apple Pay, 95 percent of them being small businesses. In parallel, its developer reported that the new app’s users have increased an incredible 750 percent over the past two days, indicating a lot of interest in Apple Pay.

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Hyundai to bring CarPlay features to select models in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 10:31
Category: CarPlay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It looks like CarPlay-based niftiness will be coming to assorted Hyundai models in 2016.

While Hyundai was among the first car makers to promise CarPlay in its vehicles as a selling point nearly two years ago, the automaker so far hasn’t actually shipped the update to add the feature it promised to customers.

This may change come the new year, as it’s been reported that Hyundai is committing to rolling out an update to add the feature early next year.

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Rumor: Apple developing higher-quality audio file format for use in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2015, 11:46
Category: Apple Music, iOS, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, News, Rumor, Software

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You can’t knock an upgraded sound file.

Apple is rumored to be working on a higher-quality audio streaming file format for use in 2016 and beyond. Anonymous sources at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo cited that the company has been developing Hi-Res Audio streaming up to 96kHz/24bit in 2016.

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Facebook Messenger 52.0 adds Uber ride integration, 3D Touch, other features

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 05:46
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The Facebook Messenger app’s come a long way.

Now at a whopping version 52.0, the latest revision of the app has begun to offer Uber integration, as noted here:

Today, we’re expanding the services available to you with our launch of transportation on Messenger. With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app or leave a conversation. It’s super easy and doesn’t take you away from the plans that you’re making with your friends or family.

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Los Angeles transit information integrated into Apple Maps

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:57
Category: iOS, News, Software

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There’s a widespread love/hate relationship with Los Angeles, but at least now you can pull up its transportation data in Apple Maps.

Eagle-eyed IT professional Tom Bridge noticed that Apple has plugged LA’s transportation data into the its Maps app, including rail line schedules, dynamic advisories and integration with directions.

The updated data lets you plot out trips with public transportation options, check for delays at nearby metro stations and more. Apple has yet to announce the addition on its Feature Availability or mapping service acknowledgments webpages.

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Second-generation Automatic hits, allows for feedback from your car to iOS or Android device

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 10:16
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, iOS, News

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It’s sort of like a FitBit for your car.

And it includes a free travel cup and crash notification service.

Automatic has released the second generation of its Automatic Adapter, an adapter that plugs into the ODB-II port under your car’s dashboard. The Automatic then sends data via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device, measuring things like driving speeds, acceleration, braking and other data prior to giving you a score for your driving.

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Apple Maps comes back, trumps Google Maps usage on iOS devices

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 12:04
Category: iOS, News, Software

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When Apple Maps was released in the fall of 2012, it was shaky at best, an industry joke at worst.

iOS users, frustrated with Apple Maps, flocked to Google Maps, which included features such as transit directions.

Now, they may be flocking back to Apple Maps.

Over time, Apple has quietly but steadily improved both the usability and reliability of Apple Maps. And with the recent launch of transit direction support in iOS 9, Apple Maps signaled that it was finally ready to be taken seriously. While the notion of Apple Maps as a serious rival to Google Maps was admittedly laughable just a few years ago, Apple Maps today is now more popular on the iPhone and iPad than Google Maps.

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