Yo went from being what was considered a dumb joke to an amazing success basically overnight. The app’s idea dead simple: let the user send only the word “Yo” to a friend in a push notification. Now there’s an API for the app and it’s being used to warn citizens about missile strikes in the Middle East.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of app makers trying to jump on the Yo bandwagon after all the attention it has been getting. One app that sticks out from the rest is AHOY, a new iPhone app that takes the Yo concept one step further by adding location to the mix.
Watch today’s Cult of Mac news roundup for details on a lawsuit filed by Apple employees. Plus, you’ll get info on the latest Apple software updates, a look at the Starbucks app’s new capabilities and Jimmy Kimmel’s hilarious iWatch prank.
Verizon has announced that it will begin throttling customers still on an unlimited data plan beginning this fall. Until now, Verizon has only throttled 3G data usage, but the new policy will also apply to LTE usage in congested network areas.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that lets customers legally unlock their cell phones and switch carriers. The same bill was passed in the Senate last week, and now President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
The process of unlocking a phone to take it to another carrier in the U.S. has been a convoluted and questionably illegal one. The “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” is designed to make the process easier for those looking to take phones to a different service provider. But there’s an important caveat.
You know how it is — you want to share that lovely photo of your new puppy, but you really don’t want the person you hand your iPhone to swiping to those over-the-top party photos from your last lost weekend.
Overswipe, a new app from developer Haley & Hughes, aims to solve that very problem in a super intuitive way. All you do is open the app, tap on the photos you want to share, and then hand over the iPhone. Your intended viewer will only see the photos you chose, and won’t be able to swipe into anything super embarrassing.
There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Apple right now, but if you believe Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, we’re just getting started.
Based on Apple’s quarterly SEC filing, Huberty believes Apple’s revenue is set to explode over the coming quarters, since she claims Cupertino’s off-balance sheet commitments “confirm major product ramps later this year.”
What’s better than getting new tech? Winning new tech! Winning stuff is kinda of like taking all the good things in life and rolling them into one ultimate, insanely happy feeling.. only better!
Now, at Cult of Mac Deals, you have the chance to walk away with some amazing new technology, like a PS4, a MacBook Air, and a multi-sync keyboard, in three separate giveaways.
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The next generation of console gaming is here and the new Playstation 4 is a popular choice among gamers. With great titles like Battlefield 4 in its constantly expanding library, you’d be nuts to not want one.
Battlefield 4 is the latest Battlefield franchise. As the name suggests, you are a soldier and are immersed into an action packed war zone. With realistic sounds and imagery, you’ll think you are actually there!
We've got eight juicy new rumors waiting for you behind the crystal ball.
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
This week's rumor roundup comes with juicy tidbits like a glowing Apple logo that may land on the back of the iPhone 6, as well as a 4k iMac that could be making its way down the Apple product pipeline.
Of course with iPhone rumor season being in full swing we've also got new leaked parts, launch rumors, and details on Apple's secret plan to turn your iPhone into a wallet. Slide your way up to the crystal ball to see which of these rumors are the real deal, and which are just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
The Rumor: The iPad mini 3 will be 30% thinner than its predecessor.
The Verdict: Unbelievable. Jony Ive will have to work some impressive sorcery if the tiny iPad mini is really going to drop 30% off its 0.29 inches of thickness.
UDN reports Apple might even slap the Air moniker onto the iPad mini line once it drops a few ounces, but you must be huffing more glue than Charlie Sheen if you think the iPad mini Air could ever be a real Apple product name.
The Rumor: Retina 4k iMacs or a stand alone 4k monitor is in the Apple product pipeline.
The Verdict: Sounds like a safe prediction. We’ve heard that a Retina iMac is in the works for a while now, but 9to5Mac says it will really just be a 4k iMac (or monitor) because tech for pixel doubling the iMac’s current resolution isn't quite ready for prime time.
The Rumor: The 12-inch MacBook Air has been pushed back to Q3 or early 2015.
The Verdict: Its definitely not coming soon, but we will probably see it unveiled this year. UDN claims Intel chips that are supposed to make their way into Apple's next-gen MacBooks won’t be ready in time for a fall launch, which matches previous reports on the Haswell CPUs.
Apple needs to make at least one solid update to the iMac or MacBook this year and a super thin, 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display would be huge. Even if Apple doesn’t have enough supply ready for the holidays, it wouldn’t be surprising if they announce it at the end of the year to top off the best pipeline of the last 25 years.
The Verdict:: It’s not an exciting leak, but it’s most likely the real deal and indicates that the Apple production machine is in full swing, just in time to complete those orders for enough components to make 80 million iPhone 6s.
The Rumor: Apple is partnering with Swatch and others to create a variety of different iWatches.
The Verdict: Not happening. Swatch made a point to squashVenture Beat’s ridiculous rumor within 12 hours. That doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t be working with other partners, but after poaching so many high-level Swiss watch executives, they don’t need to make the exact same play as Google did with Android Wear.
Apple doesn't want iPhones to compete against each other
The Rumor: The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will launch months apart to avoid competing against each other.
The Verdict: The iPhablet will come late, but not to avoid the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. DigiTimes claims production problems aren’t to blame for the 5.5-inch iPhone’s delay, but that Apple is afraid selling both at the same time, like it did with the 5s and 5c, will hurt sales.
The only thing that will hurt iPhone sales is not having enough inventory. If Apple doesn’t at least announce both iPhones at the same event - with the caveat that the 5.5-inch won’t be available for a few months - fanboys will be up in arms to see their screen size obsoleted without notice just three months later.
The Rumor: Leaked rear shell confirms iPhone 6 will have glowing Apple logo.
The Verdict: Don’t get your hopes up. The possibility of a pulsating Apple logo that announces Apple fanboys’ presence to one another has got a lot of people excited, but it’s just as likely that Apple has made adjustments to the rear shell so that radio waves pass to the antenna easier.
uSwitch also thinks the clear plastic logo could be used for different colored notifications, but isn’t that a little too superfluous for Apple’s tastes when the iPhone already has a rear flash that can be used for notifications.?
The Rumor: The mobile payments solution Apple’s been working on for years will debut in the iPhone 6.
The Verdict: The odds look promising. TouchID gives Apple a killer advantage towards turning your iPhone into a wallet, and unlike the failed Google Wallet, Apple supposedly has figured out how to cut the carriers involvement out of the entire process so they can't block it.
A Florida man has been charged with federal wire fraud for racking up $309,000 in illegal credit card transactions, with many of them carried out at Apple Stores.
52-year-old Sharron L. Parrish Jr. visited different Apple Stores – including those in Brandon, Boca Raton, Millennia and Wellington Green — and spent up to $7,400 in each one; adding up to a total of 42 purchases.
This week: Yosemite beta is not for the faint of heart; William Shatner is the coolest grandpa ever; to take on Apple, Microsoft doubles down on design; Apple inches closer to a digital wallet; why the Apple on your iPhone 6 could glow; iBeacons are a marketer’s best friend; and then… if you could ride any animal into battle, what would it be? We’ll answer that question and more on an all-new Get To Know Your Cultist.
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Coinciding with the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot produced by Michael Bay, Apple has announced its latest free App of the Week as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run.
It’s an endless runner combat game, in which the heroes in a half-shell fight against the sinister Foot Clan and evil associates. If you’re a Turtles fan, you’ll find plenty of familiar faces here — including the obvious (Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael) and less obvious faves (Kraang, Baxter Stockman, Casey Jones).
According to new reports in the Taiwanese media, the reported 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has yet to enter production, and is being pushed back to September. The report doesn’t state whether this decision is deliberate on the part of Apple — perhaps as a way of confusing the market by launching two new iPhones simultaneously — or is being forced on the company as the result of manufacturing problems.
Death is inevitable as you battle your way through a labyrinth of dungeons in Hellraid: The Escape.
I’ve been trying to slip past demonic guards to escape magical chambers for the past few hours as I fight my way through the horrific world of Hellraid: The Escape. At its best, the game is gruesome, bloody and full of suspense, but it can also be painful and highly frustrating.
Because in this iOS game, death is no stranger: Die you will, over and over — that’s bloody guaranteed.
“I could probably track my interest in toys via Star Wars,” Larner says. “When I was a kid in the early ’80s, I was completely swept up by the original Kenner 3.75-inch range. Then, in the ’90s, the remastered movies came out along with whispers of the prequels so the Star Wars toy range was reintroduced, so that caught my interest again. However, it was when Lego had the bright idea of making Star Wars Lego sets in 1999 that I really got sucked in and I haven’t looked back since!”
Though our iPads can be great for relaxation, sometimes it’s crucial to use these mobile workhorses for business. Luckily, when there is a lot being asked of you and deadlines are to be met, there are applications that can help save the day.
In today’s video, we reveal our top three must-have applications that will help you get your work done more efficiently. Take care of your documents, get your to-do lists organized and more with these functional apps.
The VoicePark app could be the solution to San Francisco’s parking problems. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
SAN FRANCISCO — A parking app that reliably helps find open spots in this congested city was coded on a turn-of-the-century tugboat in Sausalito.
The Terrapin served David LaBua as a coding den for VoicePark, a free app that uses sensors to monitor parking spots. It’s the only one we’ve tested to date that guided us to viable public spots on the busy streets of San Francisco.
“Parking is probably San Francisco’s biggest stressor, and writing about it has been very therapeutic for me,” says LaBua, who holds a master of science in psychology. “I had no intention of getting into the app game, but there was a real need for it.”
Popular torrent sharing network The Pirate Bay is finally easier to access on your smartphone thanks to a new mobile site. It’s almost identical to the desktop version and offers all the same features, but it is optimized for smaller displays.