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Meet Beats Solo2 wireless headphones

Apple announced its first earphones independent of Beats — Solo2.

It’s a wireless device.

The headphones will be launched in the United States this month.

Now the headphones can be used up to 30 feet away from your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. You can now take phone calls, skip songs, change the volume using the “B” button and volume buttons on the ear cup.

The buttery can work up to 12 hours of wireless playback time.

Beats President Luke Wood comments on the device:

“We’re taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it. The Solo 2 is already a world-class headphone much lauded for its acoustics, and now it joins our growing family of successful wireless products.”

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The device is available in four colours: red, black, white, and blue.

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Red model will be available in Verizon retain and online stores.

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Ubisoft releases companion app for Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin’s Creed Unity is the first title of the series that will be available exclusive for current gen consoles. Ubisoft has already introduced its official companion app for its new hit console and PC video game.

The story takes place in Paris, during the French Revolution. Those who have bought the seventh major installment in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, or just want to, are recommended to download the app, which features a 3D, interactive map and glyph puzzles that unlock new Brotherhood missions. It also includes useful content like tutorials and training tips.

Companion apps for video games are a perfect idea as they often offer more story and background information, and sometimes act as a handy tool to help navigate the title with.

Here are some key features of the game:

    • Nomad Brotherhood – Only in the Companion, manage your own Assassins and send your Nomad Brotherhood on missions. Your success will unlock exclusive missions and rewards in Assassin’s Creed® Unity!
    • Heat maps – Detailed community Heatmaps for each mission show the paths taken by other players, including conflicts they faced and kills they made, allowing you to better plan your strategies.
    • Equipment – View the statistics of all wearable items in Assassin’s Creed® Unity; try them out and see how different combinations affect your abilities.
    • Gear – View the statistics of all wearable items in Assassin’s Creed® Unity; try them out and see how different combinations affect Arno’s skills.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Companion is already available in the App Store for free.

 

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Apple is to open research center in Europe

Apple is going to open its Research and Development Center in the UK in the nearest future.

Buildings will be located in the prestigious district of Cambridge, not far away from Sony and Microsoft buildings.

The buildig the american company would be situated has three floors. The area is about 9030 square foot.

The photos of the project appeared in internet. It’s known that about 20 people will work there.

The next year the staff may be expanded to 40 people.

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Aplle aready has so-called R&D centers in Israel, Shanghai and in Taiwan. It’s rumoured the UK was the initiator.

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Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Instagram updated with caption editing and new discovery options

Instagram has finally released an update to its Android and iOS apps, adding probably the most requested features of all time – caption editing.

Ahead of the update, users had to delete pictures with unwanted captions and start from scratch if they didn’t want to suffer public embarrassment.

With caption editing, you can easily go back and erase the typo posted alongside your image moments ago that is driving you a little nuts. Version 6.2.0 allows to edit photo captions after they’ve already been posted. To fix a typo in your caption or edit the image location, there is a new “Edit” option in the menu beneath the image. Once your caption is edited, tap “Done” and you will see the “Edited” option above captions that have been edited when you tap “Comment” on a post.

You can also add or edit a location. To do that, just tap “Add Location…” and enter a necessary location or tap “Change Location” if you want to edit it.

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In addition to the aforementioned features, the new version of the service brings some changes to the Explore tab. 

Instead of a compass, you will be presented with a magnifying glass icon, and allowed to browse for new content by Photos or by People—just switch between these two tabs.

“Explore” option may help to find new interesting information, based on accounts you already follow, images you’ve already liked, and photos that are added to your location.

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Version 6.2.0 offers the following key features:

  • Discover new people: Find interesting accounts to follow in the People tab on Explore.
  • Search faster: Get quicker results with typeahead search.
  • Edit captions: Fix typos or change your location.
  • New icons: Updated Explore and Profile icons, plus other design updates

The new version of Instagram is available on the App Store now.

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Apple added web tool to deregister phone numbers from iMessage

Apple on Sunday introduced a new website that will allow users to deregister their phone number from iMessage service to an Android device or other non-Apple product.

Apple added the new web-based tool after it had faced a lawsuit over Android users having undelivered text messages from other iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users still using iMessage.

To deregister a phone number from iMessage, they are just required to enter their phone number in Apple’s web tool, receive a free text message with a confirmation code, and submit the code to complete the procedure. Users who still own their original iPhone are also allowed to transfer their SIM card back to the device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off. Doing so will make it possible to receive all the messages sent from iOS devices in a form of standard SMS or MMS messages rather than iMessage.

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The issue dates back to 2011, when iMessage first launched. It has even been documented and widespread. Apple has also faced a lawsuit from one user, although the company claimed that it was aware of the problem and could not fix it.  Over the years, users replacing the iPhone with another device found out that iPhones owners trying to send them a text message are still having the messages intercepted by Apple and sent as iMessages, which can’t be received and read by Android and Windows Phone owners.

Unlike similar services, like Google Hangouts or BlackBerry’s BBM, which are available to access on competing devices via third-party apps, Apple’s iMessage service is available only as an exclusive product for Apple users, as well as the company’s FaceTime video chat.

Apple’s web tool for deregistering phone numbers from iMessage is available now. 

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Pangu jailbreak to avoid sending messages to a wrong person

Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person by accident? I’m sure you had.

Frankly, it’s a good way to encounter a mild disaster if you’re not careful.

To protect youself from such cases, there is a jailbreak tweak DoubleCheck, worthy to be noticed.

This new feature provides you with an opportunity to check a recipient before sending the message.

The video below demonstates how it works.

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When you install DoubleCheck there are no need to configure. After it simply just open your Messages, and you’ll see the recipient in the text entry field for ongoing conversations.

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Aaron Sorkin reveals more details of Steve Jobs biopic

During the interview to Bloomberg Televesion, Aaron Sorkin revealed a few plot details on his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

The Academy Award winning screenwriter said, that the new film will feature seven other characters, including cofounder Steve Wozniak, former CEO John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman, Apple’s original head of Mac marketing. 

“In in this movie Jobs has conflicts with all of them that get dramatized and worked out in a very compressed, very claustrophobic environment,” Sorkin said.

The biopic will include three half-hour segments set directly before major Apple product announcements with Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame as director. 

Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, while Jessica Chastain may also take a role in the biopic. 

Previous reports said Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper were considered for the leading role, and just a couple weeks ago Sorkin stated Christian Bale was selected without audition for the part. The actor has, however, reportedly declined the offer to participate in the project and Michael Fassbender is now reportedly in talks for the role. Sorkin-l

Finally, in the interview, Sorkin added that Steve Jobs’ life could offer content for at least ten movies. 

I think that you could do ten more movies about Steve Jobs, and I think if you lined up ten writers and said “write a movie about Steve Jobs”, you’d get ten different movies, all of them worth going to see.”

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Sleep analizer from Runtastic

Runtastic is the company has already released many fitness apps.

Now, Runtastic offers a new one — the app to analize your sleep. Meet Sleep Better − Smart Alarm Clock & Sleeping Cycle Tracker by Runtastic.

Instead of using a wearable or bedside sensor, the app uses an iPhone which you should put next to your while sleeping to track sleep patterns.

The app can detect such sleep information as Duration, Cycles and Efficiency. There are Smart Alarm & Wake-Up Window features, Moon Phase tracking, and so on.

The app is compatible with Apple’s HealthKit and Health app in iOS 8:

”Sleep Better is the result of dedicated work over the course of several months, during which the Runtastic team not only developed the app, but also perfected sleep algorithms by spending countless nights in sleep labs and gaining insights from sleep specialists, doctors and individuals struggling with sleep quality. The result is a unique, high-quality app, packed with features that will help users fall asleep more easily, achieve higher sleep efficiency and awake at the perfect moment during light sleep cycles – ensuring a smooth transition into the day.”

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Runtastic explains how it works:

”For sleep tracking and monitoring, Runtastic relies on body movements. Tests conducted on different subjects and in several phases to further improve the tracking algorithm confirmed that EEG evaluations in a sleeping lab correlated with the values measured by the Sleep Better app. A physician from the sleeping lab corroborates that if an individual does not move within a certain period (approx. 15 minutes), it is safe to assume he or she is in a deep sleep phase. Major deflections in the graph, on the other hand, indicate a wake phase.”

Look at the list of features the app provides:

-Track sleep duration, cycles and efficiency
-Develop a better understanding of light and deep sleep cycles, as well as time spent awake
-Use the Smart Alarm to wake up at the ideal time within your personalized Wake-Up Window
-Enjoy a variety of alarm sounds and snooze functions
-Enter daily habits & variables, such as caffeine consumption, exercise info, alcohol consumption and stress levels, to determine the effects of these variables on sleep quality
-Monitor moon phases
-Use Dream Notes to learn what you dream about most and what percentage of your dreams are good, bad or neutral
-View sleep history, including daily stats and overviews for longer time periods (i.e. a selected week or month)
-Filter history taking daily variables into account to determine when you’re sleeping best.”

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You can get Sleep Better − Smart Alarm Clock & Sleeping Cycle Tracker in iTunes for free.

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See life of genius in photos

Doug Menuez, the documentary film director presented a book about life of Steve Jobs.

The book is called «Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000».

Each photograph has its own history, the inscription under it shows.

You can look at some photos below.

Citing Menues, “I saw something uncontrollable, hungry, and wild – something human – that still exists in Silicon Valley today. That strain of fearless genius can and will drive a new technology revolution, perhaps even fulfilling the promises of the last one as it lifts its gaze to a world we have only begun to imagine.”

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You can visit the site of the author, where other materials can be found.

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Get the book on Amazon for $24,82.

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‘WireLurker’ malware infects Macs and iOS devices

Security experts at Palo Alto Networks have revealed a malware new family that’s capable of infecting both Mac OS and iOS systems. Called WireLurker, the malware has infected more than 400 apps in the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party Mac app store in China.

The researchers say that 467 infected apps have been downloaded 356,104 times in the last six months, and “may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users.” The problem is the malware can run on a connected iOS device, regardless of whether the device is jailbroken or not.

According to the experts’ statement, the malware can infect iOS applications similar to an ordinary virus, and it is the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices “through enterprise provisioning.”

“WireLurker monitors any iOS device connected via USB with an infected OS X computer and installs downloaded third-party applications or automatically generated malicious apps onto the device, regardless of whether it is jailbroken. This is the reason we call it wire lurker,” researchers said.

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Once a user installs WireLurker on a Mac, the malware looks for a USB connection to an iOS device, and infects it. After that, it can collect information such as addresses, contacts and iMessages. Additionally, the malware is capable to download updates to itself, without requiring the user to do anything.

Even though the malware seems to be coming mostly from Chinese sources, Palo Alto Neworks offers some recommendations for avoiding apps infected by these types of software. First of all, users are recommended to download applications from reliable sources like the Mac App Store and avoid third-parry app stores, download sites, or other untrusted sources and jailbreaking.

Palo Alto Networks has already informed Apple of the malware, but there are still no comments from the company on the issue.