Galaxy S7 edge clearly shown in leaked promo video

Samsung itself appears to have given us our best look yet at the Galaxy S7 edge in a video showing off some new and returning features, posted to its Indonesian YouTube page. Read more…

Twitter promises an easier way to login to your Apple TV

Logging into any service on Apple TV is a pain. The text-entry field is one long line, and if you’ve got a particularly lengthy username or password for apps on the Apple TV, entering them can take much longer than it should. Twitter-owned Digits is offering its own take on a solution with an SDK […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


Chrome for Android gets better Data Saver mode for countries with slow networks

Google has announced the improved Data Saver mode in Chrome for Android which consumes upto 70 percent less data and speeds up loading of webpages on slow networks by disabling images. Read more…

Apple already working on Force Touch keyboards

Apple has steadily been rolling out its 3D Touch/Force Touch technology across as many of its devices as possible — and the next step may be Mac keyboards. According to a newly published patent for an “Ultra low travel keyboard,” Apple’s futuristic keyboard would allow different functions or commands to be assigned as per, “different […]

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11 killer iPhone 6s tips everyone needs to know

The iPhone 6s fans across the globe finally got their fingers on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus today, and while the devices boast new technology like 3D Touch, a 4K video, and a bunch of new software features. Even though the iPhone 6s look identical to its predecessor, using the new smartphone […]

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Fantastical 2 for Mac Updated With New Features, Support for OS X El Capitan

Fantastical 2 for Mac received a significant update today, adding support for OS X El Capitan and several interface tweaks to improve the Fantastical for Mac experience. Today’s 2.1 update adds a huge list of new features that were requested by Fantastical 2 users since the app first launched in March.

For users running OS X El Capitan, it’s now possible to swipe an event in a list to delete it. All users will be able to scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views with a trackpad, and arrow keys now navigate in Day, Week, and Month views.

When working with Reminders, it’s now possible to organize them by list. They’ll also show up in Day, Week, and Month views, and there are shortcuts for cutting, copying, and pasting events and Reminders.

There are several new preferences options for the Menu bar icon and there are new font options. Flexibits has also fixed several bugs and improved overall performance when loading events with a lot of invitees. A full list of changes added in today’s update can be seen below:

– Full support for OS X El Capitan
– Ability to scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views when using a trackpad
– Reminders now appear in the Day, Week, and Month views
– Reminders can now be organized by list
– Cut, copy, and paste events and reminders
– Added Dock app icon badge preference
– Additional options for Menu bar icon preference
– Text size setting now adjusts the text size in the Day, Week, and Month views
– Added Extra Small and Huge text size options
– Arrow keys can now navigate in the Day, Week, and Month views
– Invitee autocomplete now includes other users on CalDAV servers that support user lookup
– Improved drag-and-drop when dragging events or reminders to the Finder
– Use a pinch-and-zoom gesture to change the number of hours in the Day and Week views
– All-day section in Day and Week views now shows more events
– Added Message with Sound alerts for birthdays
– Swipe an event in the list to delete (OS X El Capitan only)
– Drag-and-drop URLs or text on event or reminder details to change the URL or note
– Added preference to disable going to today after adding new items
– Performance improvements when loading events with huge numbers of invitees
– Fixed an issue where the incorrect date would sometimes be shown when opening Fantastical
– Fixed an issue where times could appear shifted in the Day and Week views
– Fixed an issue where alerts couldn’t be removed on Google Calendar
– Fixed an issue where a single instance of a recurring invitation wouldn’t appear in the pending invitations section
– Fixed an issue where some invitations imported from .ics files didn’t allow responding to them
– Various fixes and improvements

Fantastical 2 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $39.99. [Direct Link]



Microsoft teams up with Muppets, BBC and others to put some ‘Mojis’ in your Skype chat

‘Mojis’ are a new addition to Skype across Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, allowing you to add a bit of fun to your conversations by dropping in iconic or amusing clips from top TV shows and movies. Read more…

Facebook’s breaking news app sounds a lot like Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news app that would deliver news outside of the main Facebook app, according to a report. The app would ask users to pick out publications and topics that interest them, then it would broadcast bite-sized news alerts when new articles get published. Publications that get on board would be able to send […]

Lawsuit Against Apple Over Android-Switching iMessage Issue Fails to Gain Class-Action Status

Apple yesterday won a significant ruling against a group lawsuit filed by a former iPhone user who sued the Cupertino company after claiming that switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone interfered with her receipt of text messages (via Bloomberg).

The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, noted in her complaint originally filed in May 2014 that an inability to unlink her phone number from iMessage prevented her from receiving text messages sent by iPhone users to her Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android. The lawsuit claimed users switching away from the iPhone to other devices were „penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts“ due to the issue, with Moore and her lawyers alleging Apple failed to successfully elaborate on the „interference“ that switching platforms would cause.

The lawsuit sought group status for the claim, which would automatically include all affected users and potentially result in a significant settlement or court judgment, but U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh yesterday ruled the suit can’t continue as a group lawsuit because it wasn’t clear enough that all included members were actually affected by the occurrence described by Moore. Koh decided there was no direct „contractual breach or interference“ relating to a problem within the iMessage system itself, thereby giving Apple a victory on the case.

Even if Moore is correct in arguing iMessage has “systematic flaws that could result in the disruption of text messaging services, that determination does not assist the court in determining whether iMessage actually caused the proposed class members to suffer any interference,” Koh wrote in her ruling.

The ruling is a win for Apple because allowing the case to proceed stood to increase the iPhone maker’s potential costs in defending the case, and could have given plaintiffs leverage to negotiate a deal.

The lawsuit began in May of 2014, with customers noting iMessage issues after switching over to a non-Apple platform since the service was introduced in 2011. Despite Apple’s move to address the issue by offering a tool for users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, it was ruled last November that the company would indeed face a federal lawsuit on the iMessage issue.



Good Samaritan returns lost iPhone for military widow

A Marine widow has had her stolen iPhone returned to her after revealing that it contained the text message and photos from her late husband, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal. “This is probably the happiest I’ve been in the last three months,” said Haley Johnson after she recovered the handset. Johnson’s […]