The modern world is full of funny new terms that speak of situations facilitated by the gadgets we carry around with us. The new word buzzing around is 'cyberflashing', and some are saying the first of such incidents has taken place via a lone pervert using AirDrop. Reportedly, the suspect used Apple's AirDrop to send unsolicited indecent pictures (it is unclear whether they were images of the suspect) to a passenger on a train in London. Police say they have investigated the matter.
If you're reading this article, chances are you're the person in your family that does all the tech support. Today we've got a bit of a warning for you from the likes of a developer by the name of Rudis Muiznieks. This fellow bared his soul this week in an article all about how he used to work for a company that spammed desktop and mobile computer users with apps and data-harvesting software. It occurred to us that some readers might never have heard of one of this phantom company's methods, and should therefor be informed and warned.
Snapchat has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps, and they both benefit from a handful of new features as a result. For iPhone and Android users, the update brings a trio of new welcomed features, the most important of which is 'Travel Mode', which cuts down on how much data the apps use. That feature is particularly appropriate considering how, earlier this year, Snapchat had an issue that caused it to gobble up massive quantities of users' data.
The Plex for iOS app has been updated, the company announced today. A long while has passed since the app was last updated, and Plex explains that as having been due to laziness, the team's use of the BlackBerry Passport rather than “iSheeple devices”, and the fact that “Apple keeps changing things!” All of which is tongue-in-cheek foolery, of course, but the real reasons don’t matter as the waiting has come to an end. The new Plex for iOS app has been reworked from the ground up, and it brings with a host of goodies fit for new and life-long Plex users alike.
Ever since the whole Apple Maps fiasco almost three years ago, Google has had the opportunity to snatch that part of the mobile Apple experience. So far, it's been working and iPhone users are more or less satisfied. Except for one thing that mostly drivers have been clamoring for: night mode. The day, or night, has finally arrived when you will no longer be blinded by your iPhone's bright screen while driving down the highway. Night mode is finally here, perhaps giving users less reason to switch map apps.
If 23andMe is appealing but you haven't yet taken the plunge, there's a new option from which to choose: Pathway Genomics, which has introduced new genetics testing service. The company called its test the “Pathway Fit” genetic test, and it looks at more than 75 genetic markers for information about things like one’s metabolism and how certain types of exercise affect the individuals.
Apple has released iOS 9 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad, as well as watchOS 2 beta 5 for Apple Watch, as it nears the final versions this fall. The new software, which requires either an Apple developer account or beta program membership in order to access, paves the way for features like WiFi Calling on the iPhone across more carriers, as well as smarter switching of WiFi and cellular data for faster browsing, while on the smartwatch there's a new Time-Lapse face among other tweaks.
An open source piece of software by the name of Windows Bridge for iOS has Microsoft aiming to bring in developers galore. After releasing Windows 10 as a "free upgrade" for "over 190 markets" this past week, Microsoft is aiming for iOS developers with software previously known as Project Islandwood. While the final version may not be open source - we'll have to wait and see - between now and this fall, Microsoft is staying open for the masses.
Good news today for Google Chromecast owners that have been craving their favorite HBO shows: the HBO Now service has added support for streaming to the TV dongle. The new feature comes via app updates for both iOS and Android versions of HBO Now, which are already available on their respective app marketplaces. HBO Now was first launched on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, and quickly gained popularity, followed by its arrival on Android only a few weeks ago.
Signly, a new keyboard app for iOS, offers something that almost no other app does: the ability for deaf users to type and communicate with sign language. The app comes from ASLized, a US nonprofit group, and was created with the help of deaf people, and uses American Sign Language (ASL). Typing is done with hand gestures making different signs, in a style similar to the default emoji on iOS. There are even options to change the hand's skin color, much like the recent iOS update that did the same to face and hand emojis.
More and more third-party email apps for iOS are expanding with Apple Watch support, and now Microsoft's Outlook is joining the party. An update was released yesterday for Outlook for iOS, adding an Apple Watch app which gives users the ability to read more of a mail from a notification, as well as reply directly from the wearable. In addition to the inbox management features, there's also access to upcoming events on the calendar.