The little white buds have always been a symbol of the iPod. The origin is unknown, it could be the silhouette commercials that Apple showed with the little white buds in conjunction with the iPod. Well, as most of you know, Apple has some new little white buds, and they’re dubbed the EarPods. It seems that it’s been a love-hate game with them. (more…)
If you take a first glance at the new Apple EarPods, you’ll notice quite a few unique characteristics about them. Their shape is probably going to be the first one. However, the multiple holes in the stem, front face, as well as the back of the earbud aren’t aesthetics. (more…)
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The developer of the extremely popular endless runner Canabalt is at it again, with a minimalism-inspired puzzle game entitled Hundreds. As with Canabalt, Semi Secret Software has taken a simple mechanic and revitalized it in order to create something completely new and bizarre. (more…)
Since the release of Apple’s own mapping solution found on iOS 6, the app has received generally unfavorable reviews. Most critics have described Apple Maps as inaccurate and lacking in features compared to Google Maps. But after Apple ditched Google Maps as the native mapping app for iOS after around five years, users had little choice for the past several months.
However, it was said that Google was working on a brand new mapping application for iOS that would soon be released into the App Store. Google has since fulfilled that promise, as users saw the return of Google Maps as a third-party app. Response to the app has been phenomenal, with over 10,000,000 downloads already. But, unfortunately, the app is not completely native on iOS devices.
Predictably, iOS 6 still redirects users to Apple’s own map application, even though Google’s fresh — and arguably better — intake of maps is now available. Thankfully, that’s where a new jailbreak tweak called MapsOpener from developer HASHBANG Productions comes in, setting the new map application as the default app on your iPhone or iPod touch.
MapsOpener is a “simple tweak [that] makes Google Maps links open in the new App Store app rather than the built in iOS app on iOS 5 and earlier.” It seems to permanently make Google’s new app the default application across the whole iOS ecosystem. For example, entering or clicking this link in Safari will direct you to Apple Maps on iOS 6, but with the tweak installed, the link will then direct you to Google’s new app. One thing to note about this tweak is that lifehacker “had mixed results getting MapsOpener to open the location in Google Maps,” but with few updates, that should be resolved. MapsOpener is a free jailbreak tweak found on the BigBoss repository in Cydia.
My name is Adam Redmond, and I am a cheater. I exploited a score glitch in the classic game Tap Tap Revenge 3 in order to reach rank 171 within an hour. I deceived Tap Tap Revenge veterans by reaching a comparable high score without any effort whatsoever. I beat the system.
All it took was a jailbroken iPod touch, a shoddy YouTube tutorial, and iFile. Granted, all my ill-gotten gains were unlocked through single player, so I was not directly affecting another player’s experience. But do iOS players have the right to cheat?
Cheating in video games is not a matter etched in black and white. As I mentioned beforehand, I was not taking away from another player’s enjoyment of the game by using dishonest methods. I was merely enhancing my own experience. While one can say that it was unfair that I unlocked items without putting in the required effort, the bottom line is that I did not make the game unfair for the other players.
Other players had a completely fair chance at beating me in multiplayer. I did not alter that fact. If one wants to use known exploits to enhance his or her own experience, I think he or she should be able to. If someone has invested the time, money, and has the knowledge, why shouldn’t that individual be able to exercise the right to use the product in a way that he or she desires?
But what happens when someone’s decision to cheat infringes on another person’s ability to enjoy the game? (more…)
After two years of being left in the dark without an upgrade, Apple announced updates for the new iPod Touch using the iPhone internals of yesteryear. Many were disappointed about the lack of an A6, but the new Touch still ends up being one of the best that Apple has made. Read on to see more about the new Touch:
It seems like it was yesterday that I was anxiously awaiting Apple’s overloaded servers to allow me to update my iPod touch 2nd generation to iOS 3.0. I was a kid in a candy shop, finally getting the ability to copy & paste. Here we are today though, with the fourth beta of iOS 6 available to developers and a public release undoubtedly coming soon. Apple’s mobile operating system has been constantly evolving for more than 5 years, and iOS 6 continues to allow it to be a leader — an operating system that not just follows industry trends, but creates them.
However, there is no doubt that Apple has often “copied” or implemented features that its competitors found obvious. One of the best examples of this is the aforementioned copy & paste feature that came with iOS 3. Copy & paste has been a basic feature of smartphones since the early days on Windows mobile. Apple originally made the call that this simple function was not something that customers needed, but it became very obvious that it was a fundamental downside of using iOS as the operating system became more complex. Copy & paste probably wasn’t all too necessary on iPhone OS 1.0, but as people used more apps, they needed more ways to work and share information between them. This year, Apple has added another no-brainer feature in iOS 6. (more…)
Up to this point, the only remotely plausible “leaks” of the next iPhone have been shown through pictures from 9to5Mac and a similar-looking video of components. Both of these rumored prototypes feature a taller design, smaller data/charging interface, larger speaker, relocated headphone jack, and an integrated antenna. While we don’t know what Apple’s going to call their next phone, we do know that rumors surrounding it are showing no signs of fading.
Today, thanks to Chinese part supplier iLab Factory, we get to look at some new pictures of what they claim is Apple’s next handset. These photos are almost identical to what we saw a few months ago, but unlike anything we have seen before, they show the purported iPhone model fully assembled in all its glory. As always, we intend to remain skeptical because there is no way of knowing what Apple has up its sleeves until they have made an official announcement. What do you think of this design? Make sure to follow the source link for more pictures.
We’ve been steadily reporting on Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung and Google, but it appears that 1 Infinite Loop is on the receiving end of this patent dispute. Centered around U.S. Patent No. 7742790, Noise Free Wireless is filing a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that they have infringed on their Noise-Reduction technology.
The plaintiff said that they first presented their technology at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters in September of 2007, and continued meeting with the corporation for 3 years. Non-disclosure was agreed upon verbally at first, while a written agreement was signed during September of 2008.
Noise Free hopes that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California finds evidence of misappropriated trade secrets, a breached contract, and engagement in unfair business practices. The professional relationship between these two Silicon Valley companies went bad when Noise Free Wireless learned that Apple was going to use technology from their competitor, Audience, in its products. (more…)
After numerous phone calls to local Apple Stores and third-party resellers, I finally managed to get my hands on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display in-store. I purchased my unit at Future Shop, a Canadian division of Best Buy, which had received only one new MacBook Pro with Retina display just thirty minutes prior to my arrival.
I consider myself one of the lucky individuals that somehow managed to get Apple’s latest notebook at a retail location, which definitely saved me lots of time over ordering online and waiting 3 – 4 weeks for shipping availability. I’m surprised that a third-party electronics retailer would have stock before an Apple Store, but hey.
Once I purchased my new $2,199 base model MacBook Pro with Retina display, which was discounted to $1,999 thanks to Apple’s educational discount, I quickly drove home — to be honest, I got stuck in lots of traffic on the highway — and unboxed my new machine and self-proclaimed weekend toy. Find out my first impressions just ahead. (more…)