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Tag Archives: iOS

iOS 7 Is Coming, Here Is What You Need To Know

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There’s very little chance you missed the news that’s plastered everywhere, but just in case, here it is: Apple officially pulled the wraps off its next iteration of iOS at WWDC yesterday. Yes, come September, iOS 7 will be ready to load up on your devices. Facing stiff competition from Samsung, HTC and others, it was about time the Cupertino boys revamped at least the software behind their famous cash cows. Here’s an overview of the notable new features.

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CamFind Lets You Search for Stuff By Taking a Picture

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So you have a picture of a bottle with foreign text on it. You can’t read it and you certainly can’t search for it conventionally since you can’t type the foreign characters. What you need at this point is a query-by-image search engine like CamFind that will use that image as the query to present you with matching hits.

CamFind will basically turn your camera into a portal to uncover the unknown. All you have to do is point and shoot and the app will take care of the rest.

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This App Makes You Slap, Shake, and Flip Your Phone to Turn the Alarm Off

Wake App

I think it’s safe to say that alarms get on most people’s nerves, especially when it’s early in the morning. But that’s the point of the alarm, isn’t it? To annoy people so much so that they feel compelled to wake up, just so they can shut the alarm up. By then, most alarms will have achieved their goal, which was to wake the person up in the first place.

One such app is Wake. It doesn’t have the most annoying of alarms, but it’s enough to wake you up because of how you’re supposed to snooze the alarm.

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Pizza Compass Shows You Where the Pizza’s At

Pizza Compass

Craving for pizza in the middle of the night? Searching for a quick meal to tide you over while you explore the city? You could try searching for pizzerias that are still open on the web or on your phone, but that could take a lot of time. It’s either that, or you could just fire up the Pizza Compass app and have it point you in the right direction.

It’s a hassle-free app that helps you find a pizzeria within a few seconds. All you have to do is fire up the app and tap the green circle beside the app’s name. The name of the closest pizza joint will then be displayed underneath the rotating slice of pizza on the screen. Mmm-hmm!

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Sleep If U Can App: Take the Exact Same Picture You Set Earlier to Shut the Alarm

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The mark of a good alarm clock app is when people hate it–because then, it’ll mean that it actually works. The newest alarm clock app making the rounds is called Sleep If U Can. It’s funny that they should pose that challenge, because I’m sure most people who get this app won’t be able to once the alarm goes off.

What sets this app apart from the rest is what you’re supposed to do in order to shut it up. There’s no snooze button or password to enter. Instead, you’ll have to get up and take the exact same photo of whatever it was you chose to set as your wake-up shot earlier.

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CryFace: Transforming Happy People Into Grumps, One At a Time

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Some people have a lot of things to be happy about, while others spend their time thinking about stuff that makes them unhappy. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to, however, when it comes to CryFace. It’s a photo editing app that lets you instantly turn any smile into a frown, whether it’s on your face or on the face of a friend or stranger.

The app is priced at $0.99, and you can make an in-app purchase that costs another $0.99 to unlock a text editing feature so you can make your edited images look like a meme.

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Hackycat Wants You to Kick Cats and Collect Cheezburgers–All In the Name of Fun!

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Love them or hate them, cats and the hoards of cat-related memes, games, and images spread all over the interwebs are here to stay. The newest is Hackycat, which wants you to save cats from exploding–because for some reason, they’ll get blown to bits if they hit the ground–by kicking them. It’s either a sore behind or, well, an impending explosion, so I’d definitely choose the former if I were a cat.

To make things more fun and challenging, the player can get some awesome power-ups and superkicks by collecting cheezburgers (without the ‘E’), because yeah, we all know the secret to a long and active life are these calorie-filled sandwiches. Hit the break for a trailer of the game.

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Finally: Google Maps To Return To iOS!

The horse is dead and been beaten into a pulp, we know: Apple’s Maps application is awful. It was just two days ago that we were reporting on one of its more “entertaining” failings. It’s been all the more frustrating due to the continued absence of the reigning king, Google Maps, from iOS 6. That’s about to change, apparently. AllThingD is reporting that Google Maps is to be released tonight. Finally!

Google’s mapping service had been prevented from being distributed on Apple’s platform due mainly to Google’s refusal to provide turn-by-turn voice directions on iOS devices. The search giant argued that it had invested massive sums gathering this data and wanted to provide this to Android, its own competing mobile platform. Apple balked, and went with its own, half-baked, replacement. Three months down the road, it is apparently capitulating, although the Cupertino company’s much maligned application will still be available and un-deletable on all its devices. That’s fine. We know of several people still living with iOS 5 because they didn’t want to live with Apple maps, and they’ll soon be able to update. As long as AllThingsD is right, of course, though they tend to know what they’re talking about.

[ AllThingsD ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak On December 22nd? (Updated: It’s fake!)

A lot of people have been waiting with varying levels of patience for a Jailbreak to their iOS 6 devices. No luck so far, and the Dev Team has been reporting very little progress on that front, to everyone’s dismay. A sliver of hope is now appearing from an unusual source. An unknown hacker going by the name “Dream JB” has generated a lot of buzz with a claim that he has a working untethered Jailbreak for newer iOS devices, including the iPhone 5, and he’s going to release it on December 22. He’s not affiliated with the Dev Team, and for this reason has drawn the scorn and skepticism of many. But also the enthusiasm and interest of many more.

He does have a website setup, with an FAQ section, and he claims he’s going to post an unedited video today that proves the Jailbreak is working. As to why he’s waiting until December 22nd, Dream JB says that he’s basically waiting to finish his semester so as to not be overloaded while still in school. It is for anyone running iOS 6.0.1 on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (gen2 and beyond), iPad Mini, iPod Touch (gen4 and beyond). And it does use a software exploit which means that Apple can easily patch it with an update, so it’s going to be important for anyone interested to remain on 6.0.1 until the Jailbreak is released… if it is in fact released.

Of course, everyone knows that the world ends on December 21st… so there’s speculation this is all a joke. We’ll find out soon enough.

Update: Aaannd… it’s a fake. Something about this being “a social experiment” and “trust the Dev Team.” Yeah, ok, you got us. The hunt for the elusive Jailbreak continues…

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