iOS

First official Star Wars app has Jedi selfies, news, and soundboard

First official Star Wars app has Jedi selfies, news, and soundboard

Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first official Star Wars app for both iOS and Android. The app, simply titled "Star Wars," is not like dozens of games or official tie-ins that we've seen already. It's the first official app that acts as a mobile hub to everything Star Wars related. The app offers plenty of what you'd expect, like news on the movies, history details, and media, but it also features some fun distractions like a soundboard full of iconic sound effects, and the ability to take Jedi selfies.

Continue Reading

Star Wars Uprising gameplay shows age after “Jedi”

Star Wars Uprising gameplay shows age after “Jedi”

Earlier this year Lucasfilm and Disney revealed that "Star Wars: Uprising" would be one of several games that'd forge the future of the film franchise. In-game players would take on the role of a rebel rising up against the Empire immediately following the destruction of the second Death Star. That means this game takes place immediately following Return of the Jedi. Now we get our first brief glimpse of gameplay. Just keep telling yourself that just because it's mobile, it doesn't have to be meaningless - this game is going to have real consequences.

Continue Reading

Apple Stores begin selling first HomeKit compatible thermostat

Apple Stores begin selling first HomeKit compatible thermostat

Apple's physical retail stores will begin selling the first thermostat to be compatible with the iOS HomeKit system this week. As a smart home device, the Ecobee3 is an internet-connected thermostat that, when connected to Apple's HomeKit platform, will allow users to control it with their iPhones via apps and even voice commands to Siri. The Ecobee3 is priced at $250, and should be appearing in Apple Stores in North America on Tuesday.

Continue Reading

iPhone 6s gets thick with features

iPhone 6s gets thick with features

First case specifications for the iPhone 6s have been released with height, width, and thickness of the next model. According to this spec sheet, case-makers might have to make some tiny adjustments to their molds. While the iPhone 6s will be the same width and height as its predecessor, it'll be just .2mm thicker. This means that the rubberiest of cases will be fine, while hard metal and plastic cases will need to be made anew. It also means there's more inside this device.

Continue Reading

SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

In late May SoundCloud released its app for the Apple Watch, expanding its reach on Apple devices while lending additional features for those with the new wearable. Now it has followed that up with another update for its iOS app, one the maker calls "significant" as it brings many features like new playback controls and improved sharing functionality. The update is available now from the App Store, so if you haven't updated yet be sure to do so.

Continue Reading

iPhone 6s camera details leaked: 240fps slow motion

iPhone 6s camera details leaked: 240fps slow motion

Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus camera array documents leak from what appears to be their manufacturing plant company, Foxconn. These documents suggest that the next iPhone's camera array will allow the next iPhones to once again reign supreme over the competition. This is particularly important this generation as both LG and Samsung inch ever closer to overtaking the camera crown in the smartphone business. Several reviewers suggest that the companies have already out-done Apple with their own cameras aboard the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4.

Continue Reading

California’s “kill switch” law is now in full swing

California’s “kill switch” law is now in full swing

Starting this month, any smartphone made after July 1 that will be sold in the State of California is legally required not only to have a kill switch feature but must also have it turned on by default. But considering the expenses and work that will be required to have devices specific to California only, this practically means the kill switch law will be in effect throughout the US. This is just the latest, and perhaps the most forceful, effort to curb smartphone theft, which has thankfully declined substantially in recent months.

Continue Reading

New iPods launching July 14th with smaller storage

New iPods launching July 14th with smaller storage

Earlier today several images of new iPod devices were released through the newest update to iTunes. Inside version 12.2 of iTunes - complete with Apple Music - users could find three new colors for the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. With a slightly more full - or dark - blue and pink as well as a new gold - to match the iPhone and Apple Watch, of course - this new lineup will likely be released to the Apple Store online and in physical shops on the 14th of July.

Continue Reading

Android users can listen to Beats 1 radio for free (for now)

Android users can listen to Beats 1 radio for free (for now)

iOS and OS X users have had almost a full day now to enjoy Beats 1, the new 24/7 streaming radio station that comes as part of the newly launched Apple Music service, as have Windows users. Those with Android devices, however, have been left out of the cool kids' club, at least until this sometime this fall when their own Apple Music app will be released. Or have they? Maybe they're actually the coolest of the cool kids, since they've found a back door entrance to that cool new club.

Continue Reading

VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

VLC, quite possibly the most useful third-party media player software, has just updated its app for iOS, including a number of feature improvements and fixes, along with support for the Apple Watch. As an app that is used to play and watch locally stored media content, VLC is available on just about every platform you can imagine, and because it can handle almost any media file-type, it's usefulness can't be understated.

Continue Reading

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

Continue Reading