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Earlier this year, Apple acquired Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. Along with all of Beats' headphone and speaker products, our favorite fruit company also received the Beats Music streaming service as part of the acquisition.
According to a new report from TechCrunch on Monday, it seems like Apple is looking to shut down the Beats Music service. The report cites sources close to the situation including "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats".
iMore reports today that Halfbrick is set to give its seemingly eternally popular iOS game Fruit Ninja a substantial revamp in early October. The game has already generated more than 500 million downloads across all platforms since it was released in 2010, and it seems that Halfbrick is not content to rest on its laurels as far as the game is concerned, with Halfbrick promising fans a big makeover.
“The team has thrown away the tired menu and UI designs, ensuring the steps between playing, equipping new gear, and using social features are all streamlined,” said Halfbrick.
Now, before you start each game, you’ll be able to equip different Blades and Dojos, which were previously not usable and were only for show. Halfbrick says that the game’s score ceiling has now been blown wide open, with pretty much every item in the game having an effect on gameplay, adding even more depth and strategy for all the expert fruit slicers out there.
One such example of these new enhancements is the Great Wave dojo, which will now randomly spawn 10 fruit simultaneously, and the Autumn Black, which stirs up a tornado of fruit each time you slice a pineapple. Sounds yummy!
Finally, to tie in with the revamp, Halfbrick has also launched a new Fruit Ninja dedicated YouTube channel, with the above video, which features two newcomers to Fruit Ninja Origins, Gutsu and Truffles.
Apple's latest software version for its iPhones and iPads comes with a lot of new useful features, but this doesn't mean everybody has to love it. So if you want to downgrade from iOS 8 to a previous version, here's how you can do so in five easy steps:
Step 1: Download the iOS 7.1.2 firmware for your device
Step 2: Turn off Find My iPhone on your device if you have it enabled. Then, go to Settings → iCloud, and disable the Find My iPhone switch.
Step 3: Connect your device to a Mac with iTunes installed.
Step 4: Open the device page on iTunes, and hold the Option key while clicking the Restore button. Find the IPSW firmware file that you downloaded in Step 1, select it, and click Open.
Step 5: A pop-up box will warn you that the restore will delete all data from the device. If you are okay with the restore, click the Restore button. Wait until your device restores, and enjoy your iOS 7.1.2 firmware.
According to the iDownloadBlog publication, this will be valid for a limited amount of time, as at any point in the future, Apple will stop signing iOS 7.1.2, which means users won't be able to downgrade. Let us know below if you dislike iOS 8 and you want to go back and explain why.
At the big iPhone launch event, Apple also previewed and shared details related to its much-rumored smartwatch. However, not all details regarding its specs and features have been made public, as the device is said to be officially unveiled in the beginning of early 2015.
According to a new research note sent out to investors on Monday by Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, the Apple Watch is said to feature 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It seems that the 512 megabytes of mobile DRAM will likely be supplied by Samsung, Hynix and Micron.
Arcuri says that Apple may offer an 8-gigabyte version of the Watch in addition to the standard 4-gigabyte version. It's expected for the smaller-capacity option to be the default configuration. The analyst also noted that the memory will come from "most major NAND suppliers."
The Apple Watch is also expected to feature a wireless combination chip similar to the Broadcom BCM43342 found in the iPhone 5s which is also said to include a GPS radio. Will you be buying the Apple Watch if it comes with a price under $300?
Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to speak at The Wall Street's WSJDLive technology conference in October. We don't get too many chances to see Apple's boss 'in action', so this will be a good occasion to hear him speak about how is Apple doing and what's next for the always-growing multibillion dollar company.
Previously, Apple executives including Steve Jobs have appeared at past “D” conferences hosted by former WSJ employees Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Since then, Mossberg and Swisher have left to form the Recode.net publication. They too have hosted Apple executives at their new “Code Conference” in May. And now, it seems that WSJDLive is a continuation of sorts of the previous "D" conferences.
Besides Tim Cook, at the WSJDLive tech conference from next month, former Google executive and VP of Xiaomi Hugo Barra, Jack Ma of Alibaba, and executives from Microsoft, Huawei, SoundCloud, Waze, Universal Music Group, and many others are expected to be present.
The WSJDLive conference will take place from October 27th through October 29th, which are the same days the next Code Conference. Right now, we know that the WSJDLive event is invitation-only, and it seems that the interviews won't be available to stream or watch during the event.
Yesterday, Apple has officially launched iOS 8, and among the new features that it brings is the ability to install third-party keyboards that work on a system wide basis. This feature has been announced before, so most of the major keyboard makers were prepared for the launch, getting ready iOS 8 versions of their keyboards into the iOS App Store.
Now, just one day after launch, three of these keyboards, including Fleksy, SwiftKey and Swype, are now some of the most downloaded paid and free iOS app in the U.S. and other countries. Paid keyboards Swype and Fleksy managed to climb to the top two spots in the U.S. paid iOS app chart.
Popular games such as Minecraft Pocket Edition and Five Nights at Freddy's have lost the top position to third-party keyboard apps. Swiftkey jumped to the number one spot in the free chart, ruling the now freemium and very popular 1Password password manager and the recently launched Amazing Thief game. Even the Facebook Messenger app could not resist to the millions of users looking to get the app on their iDevices.
These three keyboards and more are available to all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners running iOS 8. SwiftKey is available for free from the iOS App Store, while Fleksy costs $1.99 and Swype is 99 cents. Follow the links from below to download them from the iTunes Store.
Source: SwiftKey on iTunes
Apple brought many nice improvements with iOS 8, but also improved its other services, like the App Store which has received a number of upgrades. Some of the biggest new features are support for video previews and support for app bundles. Thus, along with yesterday’s release, several app bundles appeared in Apple’s online store. Here are some to check out:
Runtastic Cardio Pack
Runtastic is a popular name in the world of fitness apps, so if you’re in the market, this bundle deserves a look. It includes 5 apps: Runtastic Pro GPS, Runtastic Road Bike PRO GPS, Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker PRO, Runtastic Pedometer Step Counter & Walking Tracker PRO, and Runtastic Altimeter PRO—each of which specializes in tracking a specific activity.
Standalone app price is $15.95
Bundle price is $7.99
Pixite Photo Kit
Pixite is the maker of several photo editing applications, may of which have been featured by Apple. This bundle includes 5 apps: Union, Matter, Fragment, Tangent and LoryStripes, and they each bring their own set of editing tools and special effects to the table.
Standalone app price is $9.95
Bundle price is $7.99
Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle
Readdle is a highly regarded developer of mobile productivity tools, and it’s including 4 of its top apps is this bundle: PDF Expert 5, Printer Pro, Scanner Pro, and Calendars 5. This group of apps will have you printing, scanning, and organizing like a pro.
Standalone app price is $26.96
Bundle price is $19.99...
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, has gotten smarter with iOS 8 and it can now identify songs played on any device. Thus, Apple device owners who've upgraded to iOS 8 can now ask Siri the name for songs played on the radio or anywhere else.
This isn't exactly a novel feature, as Siri has long been able to identify a song being played on the same device. However, with the official release of iOS 8, Siri's musical abilities have been improved. Now, you can play a song on a different device, on the radio, on a CD, or on some other source, and it will be able to name that tune for you.
Once you get iOS 8, you will just need to ask Siri the question: "What song is this?" when the song is playing. Siri will respond by saying: "Let me listen." and depending on how far along you are in the track, it will probably take at least a few seconds to recognize it. After that, it will respond by saying something like "I can name that tune."
Yes, this sounds exactly like Shazam and that's because Apple has teamed up with Shazam to integrate the app's capabilities directly into Siri. Here's what Shazam said on a new support page:
"With the release of iOS 8, the magic and convenience of Shazam is now fully integrated into Siri. To know the details of the music/media around you, open Siri, and ask a question..."
Lance Whitney from Cnet has tested this feature, and here's what he said:
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