With the number of iOS devices out there in the wild, you can bet that if even the most obscure, ridiculous vulnerability exists in the software, someone is going to discover it sooner or later. A new bug in iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1, posted on Vulnerability Lab, seemingly allows users to bypass the iCloud activation lock on lost or stolen devices.
It’s lunchtime on Monday, which means it’s about time for a new iOS beta. This week, Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 3 to registered developers, following last week’s release of the second version.
Last week brought us an exciting bundle of things like new emoji, wallpapers, and our first look at Apple’s new TV app. To see what’s new in this version, you can head to Settings–>Software Update and find the download, provided that you’re a registered developer (or able to Google).
“Hey, while you’re here, would you just mind checking my iPhone? It’s been doing this ‘updating’ thing recently. Oh, and my emails keep on not sending, could you take a look at that? And this wireless printer never does what I want it to.”
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Trading turkey for tech advice is a time-honored and always-awful ritual for anyone under the age of 30 who still has parents. This year, Apple has seen the oncoming tide of woe, realized it needs to curry favor with young people to keep iPhones hip, and has launched an app to help.
I know I’m going to make a lot of Age of Empires fans mad here, but Rome: Total War is objectively the best PC strategy game of all time. The groundbreaking mixed-campaign mode, where you switch between running an empire and commanding an army in battle, makes for a dangerously engrossing game.
The distraction factor just got ramped up another notch, because Rome has made it to tablets. An iPad port has officially been unveiled, so for $10, you can now take the game everywhere with you. RIP productivity.
Niantic’s Pokemon Go mobile game is the easiest augmented reality experience that you can try to understand what the whole AR fuss is about. You basically have a digital layer that’s projected on top of your surroundings, as seen through your phone’s camera. The digital information on the screen changes depending on where you are. And this type of technology has great potential, far beyond what a mobile game can offer.
Apple is one of the companies that’s expected to release various AR projects in the future. Tim Cook has often hinted that AR is going to be big for the company, even though the CEO never made any announcements. The first AR app coming out of Apple HQ may be a redesigned Apple Maps application that uses AR to display location information on top of the real-world. More →
“Never give me the odds” might be one of the best quotes from The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s not how most Pokemon Go players feel about catching rare and powerful Pokemon. In fact, not knowing the odds can be infuriating when a Venasaur or a Dragonite pops out of a Poke Ball for the tenth time, which is why Pokemon Go Hub has developed a calculator that will help players understand what their chances are when they attempt to catch any given Pokemon.
The peak of the Pokemon Go craze is long behind us now. Some bloggers seemed to be surprised that Pokemon Go couldn’t stay at the top of app store charts forever, but it was pretty delusional to think that was even a possibility. In fact, the fact that the app is still #5 on the iOS App Store’s top-grossing apps is nothing short of amazing considering how long it has been since Pokemon Go was released and how tight a grip on the top-grossing chart the perennial leaders have had until now. This goes to show you that the game still has a huge base of avid fans who have no intention of slowing down on their quest to catch them all — and many of those fans will be happy to learn that the best ever Pokemon Go cheat still works perfectly following the release of Niantic’s latest app update. And best of all, it still doesn’t require you to jailbreak your iPhone in order to use it. More →
Whatever plans you made this weekend, you might want to consider cancelling them. On Thursday, Noodlecake Studios (best known for their Super Stickman Golf series) launched the sequel to Flappy Golf. If you don’t remember Flappy Golf, or somehow never heard of it to begin with, it started as a parody of Flappy Bird, but ended up being one of the most delightful surprises of 2014. Now, a year later, we have a sequel, and it’s just as great as its predecessor.
Mobile gaming is about to get a major upgrade. Hours ago, Sony announced that it would launch five or six smartphone games on both the iOS and Android mobile platforms before March 2018. This comes just weeks after Nintendo unveiled a partnership with Apple that will bring Super Mario to the iPhone.
One of the most substantial Pokemon Go updates since launch has arrived.
There are two major additions to the game in the latest update. First, there’s a new catch bonus that will make it easier to catch specific types of Pokemon. For example, if you catch a bunch of Fire-type Pokemon and earn the Kindler Medal, you’ll begin to have less difficulty catching that Charizard.
The other big change is to the gym training feature. Previously, you could only bring a single Pokemon into a friendly gym, but after the update, you can now bring a party of six Pokemon along with you for training.
Because it hasn’t taken over enough of our lives already, Facebook is encroaching even further with the release of a new app: Events from Facebook.
According to Facebook, this app will allow users to easily and quickly see any events happening in their area, whether those events are being hosted by Pages they like or whether their friends have expressed interest in attending.
Late last week, UK gadget-testing firm Which? published the results of battery tests that put the iPhone 7 head-to-head against the top three Android phones in the market: the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5.
The magazine ran the phones through two different battery rundown tests, comparing life when making phone calls and browsing the internet. To the surprise of some, the iPhone 7 finished dead last in both tests, and in the case of the calling test, wasn’t even in the same league. That goes against the anecdotal experience of reviewers and customers alike, who generally find the iPhone to be right up there in terms of battery life. So what’s going on?