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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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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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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!

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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.

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Apple’s Black Friday deals are now live

As expected, Apple has just kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States. The company now is also offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

You can buy different gift card amounts for various device, including $100 on Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware.

Apple’s (RED) Black Friday shopping promotion are live for only one day and products can be purchased with discount both in-store and online. The compnay hopes these gift cards will help to donate a part of retail sales on Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

Not only Apple’s shop sees discounts, but also a lot of retailers are offering today Apple products and accessories with cut prices. Some products were available with good discounts yesterday and most of them are still available and will be valid through the end of the day.

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Customers of Best Buy and MacMall can see significant discounts on a range of various Macs, with prices up to $200 off, and Best Buy is offering iPads with cut price up to $100.

Target, Sam’s Club, Twelve South, Speck and other retailers also joined the Black Friday shopping event and are offering deals discounting a lot of products.

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Natalie Portman was proposed to play Steve Jobs’ daughter

Natalie Portman will join a production of the new biopic. The actress is in talks with Universal to perform one of the main roles.

Though sources don’t talk which role she is to play, but journalists are sure she is to perform Lisa Brennan-Jobs, who according to the words of the film director, Aaron Sorkin will become one of the key characters.

The role of Steve Jobs is said to be performed by Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen will act Stephen Wozniak.

David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale refused to take part in the ambitious project as well as Sony Pictures.

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Apple demonstrates iOS 8 voice messaging in new iPhone 6 ad

Apple has released a new ad called “Voice Text”, focusing on one of the new features that lets users send audio via Messages.

The commercial for the iPhone 6 once again stars Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, who discuss iOS 8 voice messaging capabilities on Apple’s smartphone.  Fallon and Timberlake demonstrate how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends and offer examples of the benefits of voice messaging.

According to Fallon, the iPhone 6 owners can use voice messages for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them. 

Apple presented voice texting in iOS 8 as a fast and simple way to create audio clips to fellow Messages users. To activate the mechanism, they’re required to use a press-and-hold gesture on the new microphone icon located to the right of Messages’ text input bar. There is an option for playback their clip and sending them off via a popup radial menu.

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Apple has already introduced two new iPhone 6 ads at a time, releasing “Duo” and “Health” during the iPhone 6 event in September, “Huge” and “Cameras” later the same month and “Reservations” and “Gamers” a few days ago.

“Voice Text” is the first iPhone 6 ad, released by Apple itself.

You can check out the full ad below:

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Dropbox added Microsoft Office document editing

Following an announcement that Microsoft was bringing Dropbox integration for syncing and sharing to the Office for iOS apps,  Dropbox on Tuesday introduced a new iOS app feature that allows users to open and edit Microsoft Office documents through their respective apps, with automatic syncing and saving.

The option is already available in its latest app updates for iOS and Android.

In addition to editing your Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from the Dropbox app, users now are allowed to access them directly from Microsoft’s mobile Office apps.

To get started, make sure your Dropbox app is up to date on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, then open any Office doc, spreadsheet, or presentation in your Dropbox. Tap the new Edit icon (shown above) to start editing in the latest Office apps. When you’re done, your changes will be saved back to Dropbox automatically.”

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You can try the new features through the latest Dropbox app for iOS starting today and the latest versions of Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Office apps. The integration is also promised to come for web users early next year.

If you do not currently have Word, Excel, or PowerPoint installed on your smartphone, tapping the Edit icon will first redirect to the iOS App Store for download. Once you’re registered, the set up process is complete. 

We’ll have it available for everyone as soon as we can,” said Dropbox in a support document outlining Office integration. 

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Pinc turns your iPhone 6 into VR headset

The Toronto-based Cordon Development Labs revealed Pinć, an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case that turns Apple’s device into an immersive VR headset for shopping and surfing the web. It provides access to a mobile VR platform with the ability to support content creation, content consumption, and even e-commerce through spatial interaction.

The case looks like a pair of flat swim goggles inside, held in place by a thin elastic band. Pinć is equipped with a wireless ring on each hand, which allows users to interact with virtual objects using hand gestures. By clicking a tiny button on the underside of each ring,you choose which flashes a signal light that your phone can read. Data from the wireless rings on each hand is combined with camera input from your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to track hand motion. The company is working on a software development kit built on the Unity engine to allow third-party developers to customize and create different types of experiences for the Pinć.

In addition to tracking your hand movement using the iPhone’s camera, the Pinć uses Apple’s M8 motion coprocessor for head tracking.

Pinć will be available with an app that includes a video section, simple paint app, shopping portal, keyboard, photo gallery, and camera. 

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The company also plans to create its own virtual reality shopping mall where users will be able to shop at different retailers with a full on virtual reality experience for browsing, customizing and purchasing items. 

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Pinć is currently in its prototype stage. Cordon has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in hopes of raising US$89,000 in one month. The Discovery Edition of the Pinć for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can be pre-ordered now for $99. It will be shipping by June of next year.