News/Rumors

United Airlines to provide flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus

United Airlines on Wednesday announced that more than 23,000 flight attendants will soon be given the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus to handle onboard transactions and access company email and other internal information.

The airline stated, that the company will be rolling out Apple’s device to its flight attendants starting next year during the second quarter, allowing them to do onboard retail transactions, access the airline’s website and internal network, plus policies and procedures manuals. 

“We are thrilled to make this investment in our flight attendants,” said Sam Risoli, United’s senior vice president of inflight services. “iPhone 6 Plus will enable them to deliver an even higher level of flyer-friendly service and will offer our flight attendants simple, one-touch access to valuable work information, enabling them to better serve our customers.”

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United Airlines intends to expand the functions of its iPhone 6 Plus deployment in the future, including replacing flight attendants’ printed safety manual with an electronic version, as well as sending real-time reporting and enhanced follow-up on aircraft cabin issues and repairs. The company shared that it has renewed its iPad pilot program using the iPad Air 2 which it calls “a move toward creating paperless aircraft and flight decks” and is planning to create a few customer-focused tools for the product.

While United Airlines is planning to distribute the iPhone 6 Plus to its flight attendants, Apple has released two apps targeted toward the travel industry called Plan Flight and Passenger+.

Apple TV, Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Apple TV updated with YouTube app and new channels

Apple has released a major update to its $99 set-top box, Apple TV, adding several new apps.

Probably the most significant addition is a brand new YouTube app, aimed to bring the users up-to-date with some of the other platforms. The new app has design similar to other set-top box clients, offering easier access to subscriptions and search options. For reasons of safety, the YouTube app now uses OAuth to login rather than naive password entry. Another feature of YouTube is advertisements, which play before allowing you to watch certain videos. Paid content is now also available on the Apple TV with the new YouTube app. That means that you can access YouTube Music Key, movies and TV shows, live events and paid channels.

According to the team, the app “unlocks content that was previously unavailable on the older version of the app and makes it easier to find what’s popular on YouTube.”

Your purchased films and TV shows and live events can be watched after signing into the YouTube app under the My YouTube tab.

In addition to the updated YouTube appearance with enhanced functionality, a number of new apps have joined the Apple TV, including the Scene, Fusion, Dailymotion, and UFC.TV.

The Scene by Condé Nast Entertainment gives access to curated short-form video content from brand including ABC News, Forbes, Epicurious, and GQ. The Scene debuted in July 2014.

Fusion is a digital news network distributed through Verizon FiOS, Cablevision, Charter, Cox and Google Fiber. The app allows to view on-demand content, news and original programming.

Dailymotion, known as a video-sharing website, gives access to the content from its web properties to the Apple TV, including content from gaming network IGN.

Finally, UFC.TV, an Ultimate Fighting Championship, offers viewers plenty of content, including Pay-Per-Views and video from UFC Fight Pass.

The four channels, plus the YouTube update will appear automatically on your Apple TV.

News/Rumors

Tim Cook nominated for TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year

TIME has revealed its Finalists for Person of the Year today and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is on the list. 

Every year, TIME makes a list of individuals, or sometimes more than just one person, to nominate for the publication’s annual “Person of the Year” award.

TIME is recognizing Cook for launching a number of new products as well as coming out as the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

“Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.”

Back in late October, Tim Cook made announcement telling about his sexual orientation in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he said that his decision was done to “bring comfort to anyone who feels alone” and to “inspire people to insist on their equality.” 

The list features six additional persons, including pop artist Taylor Swift and Russian president Vladimir Putin, and also includes the Ebola caregivers and the Ferguson protestors.

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Accodring to the publication’s editorial team, TIME’s Person of the Year award is given to “a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine” that has “for better or for worse done the most to influence the events of the year.”

Tim Cook was previously included into the 2012 list alongside Bill and Hilary Clinton, but the award was given to U.S. president Barack Obama. In 2013, Pope Francis received the Person of the Year award, and in 2010, it went to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 

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Here’s the full list:

The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.

  • The Ebola caregivers, who are still fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, that has so far taken the lives of nearly 7,000 people in West Africa.
  • Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who has remained in the headlines throughout this year, from his country’s stewardship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to its annexation of Crimea, and its role in the ongoing civil strife in eastern Ukraine.
  • Taylor Swift, one of the world’s top-selling pop artists, who this year shook up the music industry by pulling her music from streaming service Spotify, which she believes should compensate artists more.
  • Jack Ma, an English teacher turned founder and CEO of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant which debuted a $25 billion IPO.
  • Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.
  • Masoud Barzani, the acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region since 2005, who has deftly threaded the region’s push for independence with the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
  • Roger Goodell, the National Football League commissioner whose leadership has been under great scrutiny this year as the league dealt with public incidents of domestic abuse by players such as Ray Rice, among other controversies.
Accessories, News/Rumors

Selfy case gives iPhone GoPro-like abilities

iLuv Creative Technology introduced a new iPhone case, that aims to offer adventurous people, who love a good selfie, a way to capture their action-filled moments. Called Selfy, the new product is not just one more protective case for the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, but also a new way to take photos and videos. 

iLuv makes it possible to always have a quick way to snap a selfie and inlcudes GoPro accessory, which is easy to setup and adjust. The case is equipped with the innovative remote, which can be seamlessly integrated. You just need to slid it out when it’s time to take a quick photo, and fit back into the case after the procedure is complete. The remote is conveniently stored  in the back of the case and slides out for use. The selfy remote controls the device’s shutter with the only touch of a button, without requiring any third-party apps. All you need to do is just pair the remote to your phone via Bluetooth. The remote can be connected to iPhones 6, iPhone 5/s, iPad mini and iPad Air, currently excluding Air 2. 

Power and volume buttons are covered and the mute switch can be simply accessed along with the Lightning port.

In addition to the basic package, users can slide in one of six convenient accessories, including a mini tripod, car mount, helmet mount and more, and help users capture moments ranging from family reunions to outdoor activities.

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iLuv’s selfy ecosystem is set to debut at the 2015 International CES, which runs Jan. 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Selfy Connector for GoPro Mounts can be purchased for $9.99 via iLuv’s online store while the iLuv Selfy Case is price at $15.22 via Amazon. The package also comes with a Built-in Wireless Camera Shutter for Apple iPhone 5s / iPhone 5.

News/Rumors

Apple to join “Hour of Code” initiative worldwide in December

Apple announced that it will work with Seattle-based Code.org by hosting Hour of Code computer programming workshops for kids on Thursday. The campaign will offer a free one-hour introduction on the basics of computer programming at different Apple Stores on December 11. The company also plans to hold other events at its retail stores from December 8 to 14.

Those, who want to attend the event can now register to reserve a spot at the programming basics workshop at Apple Stores in the United States and around the world. Apple will host special events at a few its international stores including London, Berlin, and Tokyo next week.

The team behind Hopscotch, a visual programming language created for young programmers, for example, will come to the Apple Store in SoHo, New York, while the Apple Store on Regent Street in London will feature NaturalMotion, the developers that have launched games like Clumsy Ninja.The developers of the iOS app, FitPort, The Elements app and the founder of BASE will join the event in different countries.

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“Hour of Code” is a campaign that’s sponsored by non-profit website Code.org, which hosts a global movement targeted at reaching millions of students through a free workshop that provides basic programming techniques.

“Computer Science Education Week is December 8-14. We’re supporting Code.org by hosting workshops and other special events at your local Apple Store. Join us on December 11 for the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming.”

It isn’t the first time Apple participates in the Code.org initiative.The company also hosted the Hour of Code at its stores in 2013.

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Apple shutting down iTunes Connect December 22 – 29

Apple has sent an email to registered developers on Wednesday informing them about shutting down its iTunes Connect service December 22 to December 29 as part of the holidays. That means, that during this time, developers will not have the ability to submit new apps, app updates or in-app purchases on the App Store. In addition, they will not allowed to access to iTunes Connect, Application Loader, iTunes Connect for iOS.

The email from Apple says: “During this time, you will not be able to submit new apps, updates, or In-App Purchases.” While the connect service will be shutdown, the company will let developers schedule app releases and price changes during the December 22 to December 29 period.  Any changes that developers want to be made during the time, must be submitted by December 18 “to ensure your app remains available during this busy period.”

Apple tradtionally shut down its iTunes Connect during the holidays, offering Apple staff a short break during the festive season. Most developers, who were expecting the shutting down, will probably release their new apps and holiday sales on the App Store in the days leading up to December 22. Those developers, who are now testing or users offered to test prerelease products with TestFlight Beta Testing will not face the shutdown.

Both the App Store and iTunes Connect should get back to normal on December 30.

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News/Rumors

Apple is blamed for plagiarism

When the first iPhone appeared in 2007 chinese companies started to copy them. The main difference was the price. While iPhones are quite expensive, their anologues are much cheaper.

Now, the situation has changed completely — Apple is charged of copying product of the chinese company Digione, which isn’t well-known.

The matter is Digione has a patent, presented in July, which looks exactly like iPhone 6. This patent is actual in China only.

Take a look at the photos to make certain that devides are really resembling.

The device from Digione has a 5,5 inches display and an eight-core processor MediaTek. It will cost you about $130.

Digione sent wanted to solve the problem and sent a letter to Apple, hinting the new iPhone may turn to be a copy of their product. But Apple ignored this letter.

There is still no information if Digione is going to bring an action against Apple.

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Apps Lists, News/Rumors

Mozilla planning Firefox for iOS in the future

Mozilla is reportedly working on a flagship Firefox Web browser that may soon make its way to iOS. While Mozilla is yet to make an official annoncement, its release manager, Lukas Bakk, took to Twitter on Tuesday saying the company will develop Firefox for iOS. “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS,” Lukas Blakk said in a tweet. The statement means the company has changed its decision, as it has previously repeatedly said that it would not provide a version of Firefox for iOS because Apple doesn’t allow third-party browsers to use their own web engines. An inability to give custom web engines along with the lack of an option to set a third-party browser as the default browser complicates it for companies like Chrome, Opera, and Firefox to make satisfactory browsing experiences on Apple’s platform. Mozilla has its own sophisticated web and rendering engines that it uses for Firefox. iphone-6-firefox Apple keeps iOS closed for various reasons, but the company recently made changes to WebKit on iOS 8 that make it possible for all web browsers to have the same level of performance as Mobile Safari, though it is still unclear how Mozilla will bring Firefox to iOS. The company will probably have to use at least some of Apple’s technologies when working on its web browser. Mozilla previously offered iOs users Firefox Home, a program, which allowed to sync Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs with Apple’s portable devices, but the app was removed in 2012. 

Jailbreak, News/Rumors

Apple stops signing iOS 8.1,downgrades impossible

Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1 meaning there is no way to either upgrade to it, or downgrade to it. Instead, you’ll have to go directly to iOS 8.1.1.

Fortunately,TaiG has released a jailbreak utility for iOS 8.1.1 that works on Windows. iOS 8.1.1 was officially jailbroken. TaiG can be used to jailbreak iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.1, and iOS 8.1. It works well and is pretty easy to follow along.

Users who have already been jailbroken on iOS 8.1 can decide whether to stay put on iOS 8.1 or upgrade to iOS 8.1.1. But those who’re not jailbroken and are currently on a non-jailbreakable firmware, have to upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 if they wish to jailbreak now.

taig-jailbreakYou can use the below instructions on how to jailbreak your device.

Step 1: Download the latest version of TaiG jailbreak on your computer, and unzip the zip file. You are also required the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3: If you have password on your iPhone or iPad, disable it from Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 4: Turn off Find my iPhone from Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.

Step 5: Launch TaiGJBreak as an Administrator. Right click on the TaiG exe and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

Step 6: TaiG will take some time to detect your device. Once done, deselect the TaiG App Store, just below Cydia 1.1.16.

Step 7: Click on the green jailbreak button to proceed:TaiGJBreak will start the jailbreak.

Step 8: After the jailbreak is complete, your device will reboot automatically, and you will see the Cydia icon on the Home screen.

Congratulations, your device is jailbroken!

Apps Lists, News/Rumors

FingerKey unlocks your Mac with Touch ID

A new app dubbed FingerKey enables Mac users to unlock their computer using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.

It allows users to login to your Mac using your iPhone’s fingerprint sensor rather than entering a password each time. The app takes advantage of the third-party Touch ID support introduced with iOS 8 after previously being reserved for unlocking the device itself and authenticating App Store and iTunes purchases.

The $1.99 program deals with Bluetooth 4.0 low energy and 256-bit AES encryption in order to make a safe connection between the iPhone and the Mac. FingerKey makes it possible to unlock multiple computers from a distance, 256-bit AES encryption, and a Notification Center Today widget for quick access. The ability to work from a distance means, that users can unlock their iMac as they’re coming up the stairs rather than wait until they get to their desk.

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The principle it works is pretty simple. The FingerKey app is available in App Store for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 и iPhone 6 Plus – and other smartphones equipped with Touch ID. The only requirement for Mac is Bluetooth LE, which is used to set a connection. In order to unlock Mac, you are required to launch the app itself or open a Notification Center Today widget. Then you will be offered to authenticate with the Touch ID, which will allow to unlock your computer without entering the password.

The app’s developer Leandro Luizari promised the app will soon be compatible with Windows and Linux computers and will soon integrate a pattern unlock tool which is used on Android devices.

FingerKey is available on the App Store for $1.99.