Google Maps app for Android offers offline feature, iOS version coming soon

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Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 11:17
Category: Android, Google, iOS, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Google has announced that its Google Maps application for Android is now capable of storing regional data, especially in cases where you’ll be going into parts of the world without Internet access. By the company’s guess, roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today.

Per the company’s press statement:

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.

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Some users complain of Touch ID slowness, unreliability after iOS 9.1 update

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2015, 08:47
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This is why bug fixes exist.

An increasing number of reports have surfaced stating that iPhones running iOS 9.1 are experiencing Touch ID problems wherein Touch ID has become slow or unreliable.

The complaints are similar: users running iOS 9.1 find Touch ID either refuses to recognise a user’s fingerprint, has become highly unreliable or doesn’t even register a fingerprint pressed against it. Users have tried hard resets (holding in the power and home button for 10 seconds) and complete factory resets without any success.

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Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay with rewards card systems

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.

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Security firm FireEye reports updated XcodeGhost loose in the wild, possibly infecting genuine iOS apps with malware

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The XcodeGhost thing may have reared its ugly head again, this time in a different form.

Security firm FireEye stated via a blog post that a variant of the XcodeGhost code, which has been known to inject malware into genuine apps, is still out there. The firm stated that it has identified a more advanced version of the compromised app development tool, XcodeGhost S, which has been designed to infect iOS 9 apps and allow compromised apps to escape detection by Apple.

The company offered the following statement:

XcodeGhost is planted in different versions of Xcode, including Xcode 7 (released for iOS 9 development). In the latest version, which we call XcodeGhost S, features have been added to infect iOS 9 and bypass static detection.

We have worked with Apple to have all XcodeGhost and XcodeGhost samples we have detected removed from the App Store.

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Rumor: Apple to release iPad Pro on November 11th

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Date: Friday, October 30th, 2015, 14:47
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, Rumor

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November looks to be the month where Apple releases its big gun.

Apple has been teasing the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and sources have indicated that the tablet will launch on November 11th, or Veterans Day. There’s no word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.

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Hound app currently in development, could provide rival to Siri, other voice-based assistants

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 08:20
Category: iOS, News, Software

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The Hound is en route.

Perhaps competing with Android’s Assistant, Cortana and Siri, SoundHound has begun working on Hound for iOS, an app that provides results to spoken inquiries like Siri on iOS.

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Apple cites that it’s “impossible” to unlock iPhones running iOS 8 or later for authorities

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 13:41
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software

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The legal/encryption squabble continues.

On Wednesday, Apple, representing itself in a New York court, took sides regarding backdoor access to iPhone encryption and stated that the company could not unlock iPhones running iOS 8 or higher even if it wanted to.

Apple called the request to access an encrypted iPhone “impossible to perform” on more than 90 percent of devices running iOS 8 and up.

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Facebook iOS app update resolves battery drain, reasons for the bug explored

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 08:12
Category: iOS, News, Software

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With any luck, this nipped the Facebook app’s battery drain issue.

Facebook on Thursday released a new version that it states will fix a major battery draining bug that some Facebook users have been experiencing in recent weeks. Affected users were seeing large amounts of battery drain on their iPhones due to Facebook running in the background, something that happened even when background app refresh was toggled off in the Settings app.

While the app’s release note don’t specifically reference the issue, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant wrote a post explaining the issues behind the battery drain and what Facebook has done to fix it. According to Grant, there were several factors that contributed to the problem, including a “CPU spin” in the network code and silent background audio sessions that kept the app awake even when it wasn’t open.

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iOS 9.1 update grants Continuity-style calling to Sprint customers

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Following the release of iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, Sprint announced that iPhone users updating their firmware will be able to take advantage of improved Wi-Fi Calling, expanding on Apple’s Continuity feature.

These calls can now be set to ring on any Apple device signed into the iCloud with the same Apple ID.

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Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 update, offers multiple fixes, access to new emoji symbols

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 04:18
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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It’s not a huge update, but it could offer a few handy fixes.

On Wednesday, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1, the latest update for its Apple Watch operating system.

The update includes the following fixes and new features:
– Improvements for poor battery life.

– Fixes for stalling software updates.

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