Beats Music updated, now includes Sentence History, verified badges and more

Beats Music for iOS has quickly become a popular application for anyone who loves to stream music, especially for those who have an eye for specific curation to the tunes they listen to. Now, a big update looks to add even more useful features for users.

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Jailbreak Tweak Roundup: Musiex, TimerAlarms, Music Enhancer and QuickReplier for Skype

July has been a particularly busy month in terms of jailbreak tweak releases on Cydia, highlighted by Brevity, EqualizerEverywhere, Hermes and SwipeExpander. To cover the smaller jailbreak tweaks released over the past few days, we’re back with another jailbreak tweak roundup featuring Musiex, TimerAlarms, Music Enhancer and QuickReplier for Skype.
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Apple’s Quarterly Report Tomorrow May Give Hint about Timing of iPhone 6

Apple will be releasing their June quarterly earnings report tomorrow after the market closes, and will be answering questions from investors. Of course, investors are eager to know how Apple did, and expectations for this quarter are fairly high. But even more important for many is the guidance Apple will give regarding the September quarter. Wall Street always wants to know not only how Apple did, but how it expects to do in the coming quarter. And if, as everyone is expecting, Apple begins selling the iPhone 6 in September, that will certainly affect Apple’s earnings forecast for the September quarter. So Apple’s guidance should give a clue regarding what we’ll see and when. Of course, Apple never explicitly says what’s coming. If the guidance is especially high, it could mean we’ll get something in addition to the iPhone 6 before the end of September.

In any case, market analysts are generally expecting that Apple will have strong earnings this past quarter, with many even suggesting Apple could report a record June quarter. One reason expectations are high is that analysts suspect that iPhone 5s sales have continued to be strong. Indications of this include the fact that sales of other devices have been tepid. In addition, increasing availability of LTE in some international markets, such as China, has likely led to increased sales. Also, in recent months Apple has expanded into many more markets.

Generally Wall Street is expecting Apple to have sold 35 to 36 million iPhones in the June quarter, compared to their record quarterly sales of 31 million a year ago. However, they also expect weaker sales of the iPad, with an average estimate of 14.4 million units compared to 14.6 million a year ago. But their estimates vary widely, ranging from 12.6 million to 16 million, so one gets the feeling they really have little idea what to expect. What are reasons for a possible decline? People tend to keep their iPads longer, and also there’s a lot of competition in the market now. Plus, most people who want a tablet computer now have one, so the device is no longer a new category.

Of course, these overall high expectations create pressure on Apple. If Apple has a strong quarter, but less than the Street is expecting, the stock will likely fall. 

For more information on what to expect, check out this informative article on CNET.


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Tip of the Day: How to Turn Off Your iPhone’s Flashlight Without Opening Control Center

The iPhone’s built-in flashlight can come in handy in all sorts of situations, such as digging through camping equipment while you look for a real flashlight during a power outage, cleaning up after your dog on late-night walks, or locating the eyeglasses you just knocked off your bedside table in the middle of the night without turning on a lamp and waking your spouse.

But since your iPhone usually goes to sleep while you are completing these tasks, opening Control Center to turn off the flashlight when you are finished can feel like too many stepsespecially if you prefer not to allow access to Control Center from your lock screen. 

Fortunately, it turns out it’s not necessary to open Control Center again to switch the flashlight off.

All you have to do is press the Sleep/Wake button or the Home button and then tap the camera icon on the lock screen to turn the flashlight off. 

  

Top image credit: Terry Underwood Evans/Shutterstock.com


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Snapchat launches Geofilters for photos taken at specific locations

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The popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat today introduced Geofilters, basically custom filters that only work on photos taken in specific geographic locations.

Geofilters are available by swiping to the right from the Preview screen after taking a photo. This will produce custom-designed text or graphic stickers that can be overlaid on your image to make it more attractive.

As the name suggests, Snapchat Geofilters are location dependent and available for locations in Los Angeles New York City…… Read the rest of this post here


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Samsung and Apple CEOs Meet But Fail to Reach an Agreement

According to the Korean version of ZDNet, the head of the mobile division at Samsung Electronics, JK Shin and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook met in the US last week.

While not confirmed by Samsung, the meeting is nevertheless very important for the two companies as the verdict is approaching quickly. According to the sources, the top executives failed to reach an agreement.

The court will announce its final verdict after the 19th. For Samsung this may translate into $ 930 million of damages payable to Apple.

This is not the first lawsuit that the two technology giants have been involved in since 2011.
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Today’s iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpapers 08/07/2014

Today’s iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpapers 08/07/2014
Today’s iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpapers 08/07/2014
Today’s iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpapers 08/07/2014
Today’s iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpapers 08/07/2014

You can download today’s iPad/iPad mini Retina Wallpapers from our new iPad / iPad mini Retina gallery. Enjoy!

Note: Did you know that we update our iPhone 3GS , iPhone 4S / iPhone4 , iPad/ iPad2 and New iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpaper galleries once / day? You can find the latest wallpapers in the sidebar, so make sure to check that out every time you visit us!

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Top 20 iPhone Themes

Now that all iOS devices can be jailbroken with the Pangu jailbreak, we thought it would be a great time to look at the top Winterboard themes for the iPhone, so we compiled our 20 best iOS 7 winterboard themes for you below. Be sure to check them all out and if you want to see these themes live, then make sure to watch the video below!
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iMovie for Mac updated to version 10.0.4, offers stability improvements

Apple’s been busy today. In the waning hours of the day, another Apple product has been given the official update to a new version, but the update list isn’t all that long this time around.

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Use SimplePi to control and Monitor Your Raspberry!

I’m always scanning for unique and hackable tech, and a news item caught my attention about an app called SimplePi ($ 1.99) for managing a Raspberry Pi from your iDevice. Since I have been eyeballing similarly geeky tech (for file sharing, etc.), I had to check it out. If you are a Raspberry Pi aficionado, and looking for a nice app experience to help you manage your Pi, today is your lucky day. Not sure what I’m talking about? Read on to learn how a Pi could help round up your stray media!

I geeked out a bit this past Father’s Day when my kids bought me a Cirago NUS1000 for around $ 40 on Amazon. I was looking for a lightweight Linux gadget to share hard drives and a printer on my network, and though I was seriously going to go for a Pi, the NUS fit the bill, bringing media services and webdav connectivity along for the ride and only a minor setup effort. Now I can access files on my old hard drives from anywhere and from anything (even my Apple toys). But I digress… I was recently able to play with someone’s Pi remotely (which admittedly sounds weird). The developer of SimplePi allowed me to connect to his XBMC-enabled Pi server. What’s a Pi, you ask (or an XBMC for that matter)? Well, I was just getting to that.

You might be one of the those uber-cool Apple-connected people that should they desire a new media server for their home network, simply bellies up to the Genius Bar for an Apple TV. Perfectly understandable and not a bad choice. You bring it home, read a two-to-three step quick-start guide, and voila, you are streaming away Game of Thrones like a fiend (presuming you are tied into Apple’s ecosystem, which you probably are). But what if I said you could exert a little more control over your media serving destiny?

You could buy a credit card sized computer circuit board with basic I/O, CPU, memory and peripheral device ports called a Raspberry Pi that sips power. You could then flash some pre-programmed software or build in your own custom hacks, and in like a few hours (or days or weeks depending on the scale of your geeky prowess) have your own totally bad-butted media server! Or maybe a Christmas light controller (what one of my colleagues is planning)! How about a zombie-killing-robot control module? The Pi puts all of these possibilities and more literally in the palm of you hand. But here is the catch. You have to work a little for it. You may have to run some command line commands for example, or learn a bit of code. Or, perish the thought, troubleshoot an SD disk mount problem. If you want to buy a practically ready-made XBMC/Pi media server, you can go that direction too. Wait, I still haven’t explained about XBMC, have I?

XBMC is an open-source media player with software plug-ins and add-ons that can make it a powerhouse media center. A media center is really what Apple TV mostly is, though one that Apple tightly controls. A media center serves up content to your network attached devices, be they computer, smartphone, or tablet. I use XBMC on my computer to play DVDs, because Windows 8 can’t, for example. I can also now use it to browse all the content shared out from the NUC1000 my kids gave me. 

SimplePi let’s you browse your media folders on your Pi media center..

An XBMC-shared system can include TV shows you have downloaded or on-demand content from the interwebs (through plug-ins), but the point is that your center (that you own and control) is doing the heavy lifting. If you already have movies and music stored on an external hard drive (and likely in a mix of formats), then XBMC-Pi could be a liberating choice for you, without tying your cart to Apple too tightly. Now you see the full picture, pun intended. Well then, what does SimplePi have to do with anything? Good question.

Pi is a minimalist piece of hardware made to be tinkered with. If you buy this thing at Fryes or online, what you pull out of the package (even with an XBMC bundle) might look like it fell out of the guts of C-3PO. It likes a little care and feeding, and since you are its new Daddy, it’s your job. You might take a notion to try your hand at running some basic scripts or commands. Maybe do something insane like back up your Pi with a Cron job or something (which is possible and desirable if you just spent two days programming it). Simple Pi is the answer you were looking for.

Once you input the connection information into SimplePi to control and monitor your Pi, the rest is academic. If all you wanted to do was sit and watch the undulating graph of your Pi controller, memory and disk activity, then enjoy! However, maybe you want to run a few commands, or (heaven forbid) execute a reboot! The Pi app gives you some generic control commands (shut, restart, etc.), and you can create your own custom ones too. An annoyance or two here for a paid app: You can’t view commands that produce output to standard out (meaning the console shell, because there is no interactive shell) though you can redirect to a file. The app uses SSH, and to use a key pair (instead of password) requires some goofing around with emailing the keys, but the programmer is looking into these items for future updates, and he does offer a full SSH app if you prefer to go that route.

To demonstrate the custom commands I configured a few that redirected to text files (which can then be viewed in the in-app file explorer). The command output probably looks like gobbledygook if you aren’t familiar with basic Linux. One command is a process list or ps that filters for any xbmc processes, and another a unix list command (with options to list all files at root with a long listing, and to sort by reverse order).

The overall app is well done and responsive. It also only crashed a couple of times (which could have honestly been the Pi itself locking up). You could add a whole army of Pi nodes here and get a quick view of them, monitor the temp, CPU clock speed, etc  on each. For multiple Pi monitoring it would be a nice addition to allow dockable views of each Pi in a tabbed format. Any Linux host that presumably has SSH enabled should mostly work with SimplePi, but I did not verify that.

Verdict

SimplePi does exactly what it says it does: monitor and control one or more Raspberry Pi devices from your iPad or iPhone. I give a hearty hacking seal of approval and recommend it to any and all Pi lovers who may have the need to keep a remote eye on their little computing pets. For $ 1.99 I might want a few extra skins to choose from (instead of just black), but that’s just me. Grab the app at the links above, and to learn more or get your own Pi, go here.


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What to do if your iPhone is locked?

A passcode is the best protection system for securing the confidential data on your iPhone. But many a times, people fail to recollect their passcode while unlocking the phones to execute different types of activities. Apple software settings allow the users to take a maximum of 6 attempts to enter their passcode in case they have entered a wrong code. In the event of failing to enter the correct passcode for six times consecutively, the device displays the message- “iPhone is disabled”. This can be problematic if you are not well acquainted with some of the most convenient ways to unlock your iPhone to keep going without any obstacles. Here are some of the steps that will help you to unlock your iPhone and get access to it.

  1. If you are new to the iPhone usage it is the best option to sync the iPhone with iTunes. This will help you to ease out the unlocking process. If you have not done it previously you can still sync it to your computer to ensure a safe data transfer so that you do not lose any important file. The sync will ensure a backup of all the contents of your iPhone in iTunes. Connect the iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes.
  2. In order to go to iTunes, you will first need to switch to the DFU mode. To do so, reboot your iPhone by holding the home button and the power button at the same time. Hold it for about 10 seconds. When the Apple Logo appears on the screen, leave the power button but keep holding the home button. This will allow the USB cable symbol, iTunes icon and the “Connect to iTunes” message to appear on the screen of your iPhone. This process should be executed while the iPhone is connected to the computer device.
  3. After the successful completion of the DFU switch mode a message will appear on the computer screen in the iTunes showing that the iPhone recovery mode has been detected. Now you will get two options- You can restore the iPhone to the factory settings option or use the other alternative to restore it from the backup. Now simply click on the Restore button to get your backup data from the computer back on your iPhone.
  4. The process will remove the passcode from your phone completely and you will get all the stored data on your iPhone device. Now you can access your device along with all the contents without any requirement of the passcode. You can also set a fresh passcode if necessary.

Many a times, the iPhone users try accessing the find option for accessing the lock tool and other methods for recovering or removing the iPhone passcode but the systematic changes introduced by the manufacturers do not support the conventional methods any more. Users can also use the iCloud to backup their iPhone contents in case the iTunes recovery method does not work. If the problems persist, you can always contact a specialist in unlocking iphone 4s, such as Apple Iphone Unlock based at Kemp House, 152 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX.