Pokemon Go updated to 1.1.1

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016, 10:35
Category: iOS, News, Software


The good news is that Pokemon Go was just updated to version 1.1.1 and includes some bug fixes.

The bad news is that a fair number of people on Reddit think this version marks the beginning of the end times and aren’t happy with it.

Still, that’s kind of par for the course with Reddit.

Either way, Pokemon Go has just hit version 1.1.1 and includes the following fixes and changes:


Apple releases iOS 10 beta 4 to developer community

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016, 10:29
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


It’s not a public beta, but Apple has just released iOS 10 beta 4 to the developer community.

The new beta, which weighs in as a 456.6 megabyte download, contains bug fixes and improvements, albeit specific changes have yet to be announced.


Apple releases Maps transit information for Prague

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016, 07:22
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’s not the most groundbreaking development in the world, but if you’re traveling to Prague, this could come in handy.

Apple has expanded its Maps transit directions for the Czech capital of Prague, returning focus to the app’s European users after a stretch of concentrating on the U.S.

Riders visiting Prague can use Maps to navigate the city’s various buses, railways, and tramways. Options include trips to a number of places well outside the city core, such as Kladno.


iOS researcher finds WhatsApp leaves traces of conversations behind

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 16:05
Category: iOS, News, privacy, security, Software


Well, at least the world of tech security isn’t boring.

Upon examining disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, iOS researcher Jonathan Zdiarski discovered that the software retains and stores a forensic trace of the chat logs even after the chats have been deleted, creating a potential treasure trove of information for anyone with physical access to the device. The same data could also be recoverable through any remote backup systems in place.

In most cases, the data is marked as deleted by the app itself — but because it has not been overwritten, it is still recoverable through forensic tools. Zdziarski attributed the problem to the SQLite library used in coding the app, which does not overwrite by default.


Apple’s negotiating techniques holding up Apple TV streaming service

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 08:44
Category: Apple TV, News, TvOS


Apple knows exactly what it wants in terms of negotiations.

And it might just be getting in the way in terms of setting up an Apple TV streaming service.

The company’s “assertive” negotiation tactics have apparently made it difficult to establish and lock deals with various cable providers and networks.

Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.


Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-in iOS camera app

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 16:26
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software


Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.


Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion profit for Q3 2016

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 14:42
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, Siri


You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.


Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to potential buyout

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 11:09
Category: iOS, News, Rumor, Software


The rumors have begun circulating.

Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.

A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.


CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 07:37
Category: Android, CarPlay, Google, iOS, iPhone, News


You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.


Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of device to prevent iPhone radio transmission

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 12:36
Category: Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security


Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.

In short, this could stop the transmission and thus better protect the user’s privacy.