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Apple launches new iPhone 5s ad ‘Powerful’

Posted by BMetts On April - 23 - 2014
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Apple has released a new iPhone 5s ad called “Powerful”. It’s set to the song Gigantic by the Pixies, the ad highlights the iPhone 5s’ utility with several kinds of musical instruments and vocals, as a connected controller for lighting, gaming, and rocket launching, for slow motion video, videography, live translation, blood pressure measurement, and finishes with the line — “You’re more powerful than you think”.

It’s a good ad, not as intense as Verse and a lot more fun. It’s the kind of ad that once again shows people what’s possible with the iPhone and with App Store apps. It’s the kind of ad that sells.

How do you like it?









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Apple has issued a Mac OS X security update today that should improve compatibility, stability and security.

The bulk of the update is centered around Safari 7.0.3, and has the following changes, per Apple:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search and address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card autofill compatibility with websites
  • Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
  • Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
  • Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
  • Strengthens Safari sandboxing
  • Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security competitions

You’ll find your update in the Mac App Store, and word of warning — this one requires a reboot.









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Son of Batman now available on iTunes

Posted by BMetts On April - 22 - 2014
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The latest DC animated movie, Son of Batman is now available from iTunes and ready and waiting for you to stream to your Apple TV or download to your iPhone, iPad, or — and still the only place you can watch the iTunes Extras — your Mac.

Based on the recent Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert comic book arc, Son of Batman introduces the character of Damien Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia, the daughter of one of his greatest enemies, Ras Al Ghul. Damien spent his formative years being raised by Ras and by the League of Shadows to be an assassin but his father challenges him to become something more, to become the next Robin. Nightwing shows up along the way, as does Killer Croc and the villain of the film, Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke the Terminator (who is currently also the villain on the WB’s Arrow TV show).

Son of Batman is really well done, but sadly is also really, unnecessarily violent. My 5 and 8 year old godkids love few things in this world more than Nightwing and Robin, and I can’t even contemplate showing them this until they’re 13. And that’s a shame. Paul Dini and Bruce Timm didn’t need gore to make the transcendent Batman: The Animated and DC doesn’t need it here. Whatever “mature” audience they think they’re pandering to with it can’t make up for the new audiences they’re missing out on engaging. But such is the tragedy of modern comics as well.

Still, this is easily my favorite DC animated movie since Batman: Under The Red Hood, which is also not for kids, but which also investigated similar themes of vengeance vs. justice and the incredibly thin line that separates Batman, Nightwing, and Robin from the monsters they hunt.

It’ll be interesting to see if DC follows Son of the Batman up with the rest of the Damien Wayne story. Next up, however, at least for now, is Batman: Arkham Assault, a film based on the video game series.

If you check out Son of the Batman, let me know what you think!

And if you want to read the source material, Batman and Son:









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Apple TV adds A&E, History Channel, Lifetime

Posted by BMetts On April - 21 - 2014
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Apple TV users in the United States have three new channels to get content from today: A&E, History and Lifetime have been added to the more than 40 other channels available on the Apple TV.

Each channel contains popular programming from each cable television channel, including clips and full episodes of TV shows. Programs like Bates Motel and Duck Dynasty are available from A&E, while History has programming from both the History Channel and H2, like Vikings, Pawn Stars and Ancient Aliens. Lifetime’s available programs include Dance Moms, Preachers’ Daughters and Devious Maids.

Like many cable and satellite channels that offer content through the Apple TV, the three A+E Networks-owned channels that activated today require you to log in to an activation page on a web site, verifying your cable or satellite TV provider to gain access. As the channels launched, only DirecTV, Optimum and Verizon FIOS were supported.

Are basic cable channels like A&E, History and Lifetime important for you to have on your Apple TV, or are you looking for something different? Sound off in the comments.









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Are the best games on Android or are the best games on iPhone? That’s a question that’s becoming increasingly important to both Apple and Google, and they’re reportedly willing to help developers get massive marketing pushes in exchange for periods of exclusivity for hot new games. This will come as a surprise to precisely no one familiar with the console market, or the basics of running any store, real-world or virtual. Mario, Sonic, Halo, and other exclusive franchises made the console wars of the past, and on mobile, and for iOS and Android, that’s now translating into Plants vs. Zombies 2, Cut the Rope 2, and many others. Ian Sherr and Daisuke Wakabayashi, writing for the Wall Street Journal:

As Android’s influence has grown, Apple’s editorial team has been factoring in exclusivity to a greater degree after it deems an app to be attractive, according to people familiar with the process. The editorial team also will give greater consideration to titles recommended by its developer-relations staff, they said.

Android, both in the form of Google’s Play Store and Amazon’s appstore, are working promotional angles in their own way as well:

Google has struck deals to help promote apps that integrate Android branding. [...] Amazon.com Inc, too, has gotten into the act. The online retailer has sought exclusivity deals with game developers as a way to boost the appeal of its Kindle family of Android devices. Amazon is offering premium placement on its app store’s home screen in exchanges for exclusivity, according to people familiar with the matter.

There’s apparently no money changing hands, but the massive marketing boost preferred placement in Google, Apple, or Amazon can provide in terms of downloads and purchases is just as good. Apple once-upon-a-time made a game of their own, Texas Hold ‘Em, but has long since removed it from sale. Google acquired and maintains Ingress, their own Android-exclusive game. None of them have gone to Mario, Sonic, or Halo levels yet when it comes to exclusive gaming, however. But is that just a matter of time?

How do you feel about platform exclusives? Do they influence your buying decision or just frustrate you if and when you have to wait?









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Game of Phones is a great-looking card game in the home stretch of its Kickstarter campaign. It resembles Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples in that a judge plays a single challenge card, and decides which response from the other players he or she likes best. The difference here is that instead of playing cards as a response, players meet challenges with their phones. This means doing stuff like showing the last picture they took, the most yuppie app they have installed, or be the first to get a Like on an Instagram picture. The winner gets the card, and the first to gather ten cards wins.

I really like this idea because it highlights phones as the fun, connected objects they are, not some antisocial black hole that they’re often perceived as. Plus, in larger groups after a few drinks, this game is bound to be tons of fun. The Game of Phones developers have already blasted through their modest funding goal of $ 6,000, but if you want to be among the first to get a deck, the entry-level funding tier of $ 25 will get you one with free shipping within the U.S. If you’re feeling generous, there are still a few $ 100 tier rewards left, which include a swanky laser-etched rosewood box.

Head on over to the Game of Phones Kickstarter page to pledge now, before the campaign wraps up on April 24. Who’s in?









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iPhone and iPad as amazing instances of applied cryptography

Posted by BMetts On April - 19 - 2014
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Following the publication of Apple’s absolutely stellar iOS Security white paper in February, Steve Gibson of the TWiT network’s Security Now! show spent three episodes going through it, providing extra explanation and context. Gibson was incredibly impressed by the iOS Security white paper, and by Apple’s security implementation in general, calling it “amazing” many times over, especially the Apple A7 and its secure enclave. he also widely praised Apple’s choices for the crypto their implemented, and especially how user and privacy focused those choices were.

Gibson did point out the iCloud Keychain security wasn’t as good as the rest of the system, and that things like iMessage chose convenience for users over absolute security at some points. While Apple’s close approach is irksome to some, Gibson notes it’s also why there’s virtually no malware for iOS in the wild.

If you’re interested in iOS security, all three episodes are well worth watching, listening to, or reading. Check out the links below and then let me know, how do you feel about Apple’s security and privacy focus in iOS?









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auki is a jailbreak app for iPhone that provides quick-reply functionality for messages. That means that, with auki, you don’t have to spend time switching to and from the Messages app. You can reply to and compose messages from anywhere on the iPhone, be it the Home screen or from inside another app or game. Anywhere. That might sound similar to other jailbreak apps like BiteSMS, but auki takes a different approach, and one I’d really like to see Apple consider for iOS 8.

Firstly, there’s no preferences panel for auki. Say what?! Yeah, no preferences panel. While I would like the option to be able to turn auki off if I choose, auki and the nature of how it functions doesn’t really warrant a preferences panel. When Surenix announced auki from JailbreakCon, he placed a heavy emphasis on the fact that himself and Bensge designed what they thought was a simple, elegant, and refined messaging experience that just works. In that aspect they’ve succeeded. I can see auki being something that Apple themselves would consider when trying to solve the problem of creating a quick reply and quick compose solution. Whether or not it’s similar to what we’ll actually see is anyone’s guess. If we ever do see it direct from Apple.

The real beauty of auki lies in how it works. Unless you need auki, it stays out of the way. The default Messages app remains the way we’ve always known it. auki’s quick compose feature can be invoked in one of two ways — either by setting an action with Activator or by launching Notification Center. If you choose the Notification Center method, just swipe down from any section in order to bring up an auki quick compose window. Just type your message and off it goes. Quick compose windows in auki also support image upload, but only in portrait mode, at least for now.

By far my favorite feature of auki — well actually two awesome concepts rolled into one — is Silent mode. In your Messages app, swipe like you would to delete a message thread and you’ll notice the addition of a new button, Silent. Tap it and that thread becomes greyed out. Any incoming messages from that person are then silenced completely. You’ll still receive them, you just won’t be bothered by notifications for them. Not only that, Silent Mode automatically enables another mode called Stealth Mode. While in Silent Mode, the person on the other end can no longer view when you’ve read a message, or see when you’re typing something. Stealth Mode is the equivalent of turning on and off read receipts on the fly, but only for specific contacts. I’ve tested it with several other iPhone users, jailbroken and pure, and it works beautifully. auki can also auto-detect whether or not contacts are using iMessage or regular SMS. Send button colors are then updated on the fly just like they are in the native Messages app so you know in a quick compose window what kind of message you’re sending.

The good

  • Great design aesthetic
  • No setup, extra icons, or tweaking needed, just start using auki
  • Stealth mode lets you type and read messages without the other side knowing, and that’s awesome
  • Activator lets you customize exactly how you want to trigger auki for quick compose

The bad

  • No way to disable auki due to the lack of a preferences pane
  • No preferences pane means no customizing the way auki works
  • No way to add a passcode like other apps such as BiteSMS allow

The bottom line

If Apple had deployed a solution for quick reply and quick compose in iOS 7, I’m fairly certain it would have been similar to what auki brings to the table. For folks that like the Messages app and just want to make it better, look no further than auki. That being said, auki won’t please everyone. If you want passcodes and tons of customizations in the message handling department, the king is still BiteSMS. I’ve never been one to use many of the advanced features of BiteSMS so auki fits my needs beautifully.

For anyone who wants a no fuss messaging solution that improves upon the current Messages app without over-complicating things, I’d highly recommend giving auki a try. And if you do, be sure to let me know what you think of it in the comments!









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If you’re experiencing issues with the front-facing FaceTime camera on your iPhone 5, it may be time for a DIY repair. Symptoms with the FaceTime camera typically include a blacked out screen when the front-facing camera is activated or pixelated areas and lines through the screen. In some cases the front-facing FaceTime camera may not launch or trigger at all. That cable also contains the proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. If auto brightness isn’t working or your display doesn’t turn off when you’re on a call, those are signs the sensor portion is failing. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, follow along and we can walk you through a DIY repair from start to finish!

What you need to DIY replace a bad FaceTime camera or sensor cable

You’ll need some tools and parts in order to repair your iPhone 5, including the replacement assembly. If you’re in the United States or Canada, we highly recommend checking out eTech Parts as we’ve had lots of good experiences with them and know their customer service is out of this world. All the links below will route you to the direct item on eTech’s site.

  • Replacement iPhone 5 FaceTime camera and sensor cable – Buy now
  • Suction cup – Buy now
  • 5-point security screwdriver – Buy now
  • Standard #000 Phillips screwdriver – Buy now
  • Spudger tool – Buy now
  • Razor blade – Buy Now
  • iSesamo Opening tool (not necessary but awesome for prying up cables and getting under adhesive) – Buy Now

Step 1: Power off your iPhone 5

Before beginning any repair, always power your iPhone down completely using the Slide to power off option. Easy enough right?

Step 2: Remove the front screen assembly

  • To begin, use your security screwdriver to remove the two screws in the bottom of your iPhone 5 that sit on either side of the dock.
  • Now place your suction cup above the Home button and gently pry up from the bottom. Take care not to pull the entire screen off as the top of the screen is still attached by several cables. You only want to release the bottom portion.
  • Once the screen is free, swing up the display assembly so you can get to the shield that is holding the cables in place.
  • Using your ##000 screwdriver to remove the three screws holding the display shield down. Set the shield aside and remember not to mix up the screws.
  • Now use your spudger tool to pry up the three cables that attach the display to the board. After you do so, the display should be free from the device. As a side note, you can only see two of the cables (as marked in the photo below) as the third is underneath. Most of the time the third one simply pops up on its own when you remove the first two. You may need to free it but most likely, it’ll come up on its own. The second photo below shows its location on the board for reference.
  • Set the device aside once the display is free.

Alternate method: If you’re having issues pulling the screen up with a suction cup, you may insert a razor blade on the outer edge of either screw hold and pry upwards slightly. This method gives you enough clearance to stick your spudger tool underneath and release the screen. I recommend this method if your hands aren’t as steady or you’re afraid you may pull too hard and damage a cable.

Step 3: Remove the earpiece assembly

  • Place your display assembly face down on a clean cloth as to not scratch the screen.
  • Remove the two screws holding the earpiece speaker and shield in place using your #000 screwdriver.
  • Gently lift the earpiece and shield off the display assembly.

Step 4: Swap out the FaceTime camera and sensor cable assembly

  • Start in the middle of the cable by gently pulling up where the gasket is tucked into the display, as shown in the image below.
  • Next use your iSesamo opening tool or a razor blade to pry up the right side of the sensor cable. It’s only held down with a small amount of adhesive. Just take care not to damage any of the brackets on the back of the display assembly.
  • Gently lift the FaceTime camera and sensor cable out of the iPhone 5′s display assembly.
  • Peel off any adhesive backing on the new assembly and start by securing the gasket to the back of the display assembly and then folding the cable upwards like the one we are replacing was.
  • Next line up the right side of the cable and make sure the adhesive on the back is secure.
  • Finally, flip over your iPhone 5 display assembly carefully and make sure the camera itself is centered inside of the recess. Make any adjustments left and right if needed. You may want to check this again after replacing the earpiece as well.

Step 5: Replace the earpiece assembly and shield

  • Place the earpiece assembly on the back of the display. Be sure to line up the contacts on the back of the earpiece with the contacts on the cable assembly on the back of your iPhone display. An easy way to know the earpiece is positioned correctly is if the screw holes are lining up correctly. If they are, you’re in good shape!
  • Replace the earpiece shield on top of the actual earpiece. Make sure it also lines up with the screw holes correctly.
  • Replace the two screws that hold the earpiece and shield in place using your #000 screwdriver.

Step 6: Reconnect the display assembly

  • Re-attach the three cables for the display back to the board of your iPhone 5.
  • Carefully re-position the display shield over the cables once you’re sure they are secure.
  • Replace the three screws you removed previously using your ##000 screwdriver. Sometimes the top right screw is not magnetized and may be a little tricky to get back in. I normally guide it in with my finger and then use the screwdriver. Makes for an easier job.
  • Now snap the display back down and into place. Be sure to line up the grooves in the top of the screen inside the frame. If you are facing resistance, do not force the display down. Make sure everything is lined up properly and that the clips in the top are aligned properly. Then try gently pressing down again.
  • Replace the two screws that sit on either side of the Lightning dock using your security screwdriver.

Step 7: Test the FaceTime camera and all your sensors

Once you’ve got your iPhone 5 all put back together, go ahead and turn it on. In order to test the cable assembly you just replaced you should do the following:

  • Place a test call and place your finger over the sensors at the top. Be sure the display turns off when you do so as this indicated the proximity sensor is functioning properly.
  • Go into a dark or very bright room with auto-brightness turned On. Make sure the display corrects itself to an appropriate brightness level.
  • Lastly, test the front-facing FaceTime camera and make sure it’s functioning properly.

If all is well, you’re good to go! If you’re still experiencing issues, check out our iMore forums and do a quick search. If you still can’t find help or an answer, feel free to email me with questions or suggestions for other guides!

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The case of the iPhone case I couldn’t get off!

Posted by On April - 17 - 2014
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When you test as many cases as I do, you’ve got to expect a little collateral damage every once and a awhile. I’ve [totally smashed my iPhone during drop tests[(http://www.imore.com/failed-review-smash-puny-georgia-iphone), taken iPhones and iPads through the car wash and the dishwasher. I’ve tried to send them into orbit on model rockets and to the deep blue depths beneath toy race boats. I’ve sledded on them and wailed on them. I’ve even worn them in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fights and taken them on trips back to the future.

This time… well, I just couldn’t get the damn case off! And yes, misery for me, and hilarity for you, followed.









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