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Developer Marco Arment releases Overcast 2 podcast app

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 10:40
Category: iOS, News, Software


In the wake of his pulling the Peace ad-blocking app from the App Store, Apple offering a full refund to Peace’s customers and the fallout from this, developer Marco Arment has just released something else that looks pretty slick.

Overcast 2, Arment’s podcast player, has just been released. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

– Streaming

– Chapters

– Storage management


AT&T activates Wi-Fi calling feature for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus handsets running iOS 9

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:46
Category: iPhone, News, wireless


At long last, AT&T has activated Wi-Fi calling.

The carrier has apparently activated this feature, assorted customers having stated they were able to activate Wi-Fi calling on their iPhones.

Wi-Fi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor, functioning much like an AT&T M-Cell does now. It’s similar to Apple’s own FaceTime Audio feature, which also routes calls over a Wi-Fi connection.

The feature can be activated by going into Settings, then the Phone section, then toggling on the Wi-Fi calling feature. From there, there are a set of steps to walk through, including entering an emergency 911 address. Wi-Fi calling is available on the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus running iOS 9.


Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:34
Category: iPhone, News, retail


The expensive, unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handset you’ve been waiting for has arrived.

Two weeks after the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, Apple has added a new purchasing option for the devices to its online store. As of yesterday, customers can now buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus SIM-free, unlocked, and without a carrier.

The units arrive without a commitment to a carrier or carrier financing. Apple has also noted that the device does not come with a nano-SIM, meaning that customers can go to a carrier of their choice and get a SIM, assuming the carrier supports the wireless bands the iPhone has. The entire cost of the iPhone must be paid upfront.


“Chipgate” scandal erupts for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus owners, Samsung A9 processor may lead to 20% shorter battery life

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 12:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


Well, you can’t release a new iPhone without at least some scandal.

This year it may come down to the processor inside your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

In the new “Chipgate” controversy, Apple may have shipped a series of processors that could affect battery life with the handset.

Apple, which used two suppliers (Samsung and TSMC) to build the chip, is facing feedback in which users are reporting that those with the Samsung chip could have up to 20 percent less battery life. Apple has yet to respond to the controversy.


Rumor: Apple to release fourth-gen Apple TV, iPad Pro in early November,

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 09:32
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, iPad, Rumor


There might be a more detailed timeline for Apple’s release of the fourth-gen Apple TV as well as the iPad Pro.

A new rumor has the devices appearing in Apple Retail Stores for sale during the first week of November after going on sale via Appleā€™s website in late October. It is also likely that the first online orders of both products will reach customers in early November.


Google app for iOS hits version 9.0, adds new features

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 09:55
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software


The Google app for iOS just hit version 9.0 and brought some decent updates with it.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes:


Disney animators test out iPad Pro, comment on “textured” surface

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 10:01
Category: Hardware, iPad, News


This is pretty interesting.

Apple apparently allowed Pixar’s staff to play around with the upcoming iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. A week later, Apple let Disney’s Feature Animation studio take a crack at it.

The animators commented that the device’s screen surface has “tooth,” or textured roughness, to augment drawing feel.


Rumor: Apple to debut 4K iMac in mid-October, will launch iPad Pro in early November

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 09:33
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, Rumor


Current rumors are pointing towards new iMacs and the unicorn of current technology, the iPad Pro, over the next week and next month.

Recent reports indicate that Apple will be introducing an updated 2015 iMac next week. The models could arrive in the stores as early as October 13th, albeit supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November.

The 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 – M395X discrete graphics for the new iMacs.


Microsoft debuts Surface Book hybrid, could give the MacBook notebooks a run for their money

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, News


Microsoft has come a long way with its Surface tablet.

The Surface Book, which debuted earlier this week, is built more like a traditional notebook and a recent New York press event showed the unit appearing like a variant of the classic 13-inch white MacBook made of metal, not polycarbonate plastic.

The hinge is unique in that it’s based around a “dynamic fulcrum” design that moves smoothly without much effort.

The Surface Book features a glass touchpad with multitouch as well as backlit keys that are quiet and comfortable.


Philips announces Hue Bridge 2.0 lights with HomeKit compatibility

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News


This definitely smacks of the nifty.

Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an entire household of lights with a single command.