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by Maura at Aug 25, 2016
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BGR reports today on some interesting research from Blancco Technology Group (BTG) regarding device performance. BTG collected performance data from millions of mobile phones in 2016 Q2 using its mobile diagnostic tools. BTG then used the data to find out how often, and why, smartphones fail, and which are the third-party apps that crash more often on Android and iOS phones.

BTG’s figures show that for the period surveyed, 58% of iOS devices failed, compared with 35% of Android devices. When broken down into individual models, for the iOS devices the iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate at 29%, and the iPhone 5s had the lowest failure rate at 8%. As far as individual Android manufacturers were concerned, Samsung had the highest failure rate with 26%, and Asus had the lowest with 7%.

BTG says that the term “failure” includes a variety of first-party and third-party issues, including Wi-Fi connectivity problems, malfunctioning headsets, and phone reboots.

BTG’s figures revealed that 50% of the iPhones in its study crashed, compared with just 23% of Android devices.

As for which apps crashed the most, on iOS it was Snapchat (17%), Instagram (14%), Facebook (9%), Facebook Messenger (5%) and Google (3%). The apps that crashed the most on Android phones were Google Play Services (12%), Google Contacts Sync (5%), Address Book (5%), Photos (5%), and Samsung’s TouchWiz Home launcher (5%).

Source: New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones
by PhilSynowiec at Aug 25, 2016
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Thursday, Apple released iOS 9.3.5 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad respectively, patching some important security exploits. The new update come only 3 weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.4, which patched up the new Pangu Jailbreak.

iOS 9.3.5 is a major security update having to do with Israeli-based digital arms deal NSO Group. The group was usuing two kernal bugs to exploit the software, allowing for the tracking of emails, calls, location, and passwords.

Via New York Times:
"In interviews and manuals, the NSO Group’s executives have long boasted that their spyware worked like a “ghost,” tracking the moves and keystrokes of its targets, without leaving a trace. But until this month, it was not clear how exactly the group was monitoring its targets, or who exactly it was monitoring.

A clearer picture began to emerge on Aug. 10, when Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, who has been tracked by surveillance software several times, began receiving suspicious text messages. The messages purported to contain information about the torture of U.A.E. citizens."

This seems like a very important update for those worried about security. We must warn you that if you are Jailbroken or plan on Jailbreaking, the update should be avoided, as there is now Jailbreak for this firmware.
by PhilSynowiec at Aug 25, 2016
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On Monday, we reported that Apple's annual Apple Music Festival will return to London this year. Today, our favorite fruit company released a list of headliners, which will be performing at the event, running from September 18-30.

Here is a list of the confirmed artists performing so far:
  • Alicia Keys
  • Bastille
  • Britney Spears
  • Calvin Harris
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Elton John
  • Michael Bublé
  • OneRepublic
  • Robbie Williams
  • The 1975
Apple Music subscribers will be able to tune in to the performances for free, while residence of the United Kingdom will have a chance to win tickets to the event. More information will be released on Beats 1 radio for those who are listening.
by Maura at Aug 25, 2016
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According to Bloomberg Technology, Apple is currently working on its own version of a video sharing and editing app.

Bloomberg’s source says that Apple is once again intending to focus on how to integrate social network apps with iPhone and iPad in a bid to emulate the success of such companies as Facebook and Snapchat.

Apple has not previously had a lot of success in this area, with 2010’s Ping failing to take off, but it wants to give it another try in order to keep relevant with younger people, according to Bloomberg.

The new video-sharing app that Apple is working on will be along similar lines to Snapchat, with users able to record and post video footage, complete with filters and drawings. This content could then be sent to the user’s contacts, or shared via other social networks such as Twitter.

The software that Apple is currently working on to this end is designed to be used mainly with one hand; the videos can be filmed, edited, and uploaded in under 1 minute. Bloomberg’s sources say that at least one of the prototypes can film video footage in a square shape, just like with Instagram.

With this new software Apple is hoping to appeal to the Snapchat and Instagram generation. The software will be packaged as a standalone app that might be downloadable via the App Store, or, alternatively, could be included in the iPhone camera app.

The sources also said that the video-sharing app, which is currently only in the early stages of development, is being developed in the same Apple department where Final Cut Pro and iMovie were developed. It’s expected that the app will be launched in 2017, but Apple could just as easily shutter the entire project if it doesn’t make the grade.

Source: Apple Weighs iPhone Video Editing App in Renewed Push on Social
by PhilSynowiec at Aug 24, 2016
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Deutsche Telekom is attempting to acquire more customer through a rumored Apple Music office. The German telecommunications company is reportedly planning to give new customers six months of Apple Music for free.

First reported by, Deutsche Telekom will supposedly announce the deal at IFA in Berlin, running September 2-7.

Contrary to Apple charging a person's iTunes account after its initial 3 month free trial, Deutsche Telekom would pay for the remaining 3 months by itself. After the 6 month free trial, Apple Music subscribers would then get charged €9.99 per month on their phone bill, instead of the credit card on file in iTunes.

It doesn't look like this deal was made, nor planned with Apple's approval. If all goes well, customers of U.S. carriers could see some similar deals in the near future.
by PhilSynowiec at Aug 24, 2016
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Google has been bulking up its YouTube algorithm for years to find recommended videos for people to watch. While usually something of interest will be suggested to you, based on other videos you've viewed, there's nothing like human interaction to help an algorithm find its path.

On Wednesday, Google issued an update to its iOS YouTube application, adding a "Not Interested" option under its Up Next section. Update version 11.32 allows users to filter unwanted recommendations by tapping the option, training the algorithm to provide better suggestions.

The new update also lists numerous bug fixes and improvements behind the scenes, fixing a bug in the Subscriptions feed, which greyed out thumbnails. To add to that YouTube 11.32 no longer paused videos with clicking on external links in video descriptions.

YouTube for iOS can be downloaded in the iTunes App Store for free.
by Maura at Aug 24, 2016
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Massively popular Steam tower defence game Dungeon Warfare has finally arrived in the App Store today, after being delayed from its original August 17 release date, writes Pocket Gamer.

In the game, which currently has a 98% positive rating on Steam, the player is a dungeon lord who has to defend his dungeon against adventurers. The more enemies you defeat, the more traps and utilities you’ll be able to buy.

There are 26 different traps in all, with three upgradeable tiers each. These include pain-inflicting traps such as Dart Trap, Spike Trap, Bolt Trap and Inferno Trap. Also, physical traps that throw warriors into the dark abyss, such as Spring Trap, Harpoon Trap, and Push Trap.

You can even use the environment against your enemies by rolling a massive boulder at them and crushing them, corralling them towards a minecart track, or sending them into an ancient lava pool.

There are 40 different types of enemy bases, 12 difficulty mode runes, and 30 achievements to unlock.

The game has several modes, including the ever-popular endless mode, which can be unlocked after you’ve obtained the Infinity rune.

Click here to download for £2.99/$3.99: Dungeon Warfare on the App Store

Source: Apple App Store, Awesome tower defender Dungeon Warfare is out now on iOS, Android coming soon
by Maura at Aug 24, 2016
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CNN Money reports that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has told the Australian Financial Review that he thinks that Apple is making a mistake by ditching the 3.5 millimetre headphone jack for the next iPhone.

“If it’s missing the 3.5 millimetre earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” said Wozniak.

If the next iPhone does not have a 3.5 mm jack, then people will have to connect their headphones to their phone via other means, such as Bluetooth, or by using an adaptor. Wozniak told the Australian Financial Review that he’s not happy with the former option at all

“I would not use Bluetooth…I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”

Unfortunately for Wozniak, and the many others who agree with his point of view, the next iPhone will almost certainly not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Source: Steve Wozniak to Apple: Keep the iPhone's headphone jack
by Maura at Aug 24, 2016
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Just when we thought that we knew pretty much everything about the next iPhone, AppleInsider reports that a new series of photos has emerged to throw a spanner in the works by showing iPhone packaging with the name “iPhone 6 SE” rather than iPhone 7.

The photos were emailed to Techtastic by KK, and while they look genuine enough if you just glance at them quickly, AppleInsider notes all the many ways in which the photos look doctored when they are examined closely. For example, on one of the photos, the “SE” label is shown to be higher than it would be on a genuine iPhone SE box.

It therefore looks extremely likely that the photos are not genuine, and that the box has been photoshopped in some way to make it look like an iPhone 6 SE box.

However, we can’t entirely discount the fact that the box might be genuine. While pretty much every Apple expert has decided that the new phone will be called the iPhone 7, renowned leaker Evan Blass said many months ago that the next iPhone would not be called iPhone 7. Maybe he was right after all. We should find out for sure on September 7

Source: Unlikely photos of "iPhone 6 SE" packaging appear, contain some questionable details
by Maura at Aug 24, 2016
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9to5 Mac reports that according to iFixit, many iPhone 6 Plus and some iPhone 6 users have been complaining about a touchscreen glitch that is occurring with their phones.

iFixit says that the displays of the affected phones are unresponsive when touched, due to a fault with the Touch IC chips that control the display, rather than the actual display itself.

“This issue is widespread enough that I feel like almost every iPhone 6/6+ has a touch of it (no pun intended) and are like ticking bombs just waiting to act up,” said Jason Villmer, owner of STS Telecom.

The phones that are affected in this way often also have a thin grey flickering line across the top of the display (pictured).

Apple has been made aware of the problem, and there are a several different ways in which Apple seems to be dealing with it. Some users have said that Apple stores have not done anything about it, while other users have said that Apple retail stores have replaced the faulty iPhones with new ones. Some of the repair shops that iFixit interviewed about the issue even said that the problem is so widespread that Apple should launch a recall or repair program.

Some of the repair shops have also been making their own repairs to the affected phones, with great success, by adding metal shields to keep the logic board from flexing.

Picture credit: iFixit

Source: Report: iPhone 6/Plus units w/ unresponsive displays & gray flickering now widespread

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