With the amount of emails and spam received these days, it's tempting to just turn off notifications and deal with them later, en masse, rather than listen to your iPhone buzz or chime every two minutes. That's not really an option though, if you are waiting for an important email. A handy new feature in iOS 8 Mail allows you to set a notification for specific email threads, so while the unimportant stuff comes in quietly, you'll be notified when that email from your spouse, boss, Nobel Committee, etc. arrives. Here's how to set it up:
1. First off, this is all for nothing if you don't change your notification settings - there's no point if you have your email accounts' alerts set to the same thing as your thread notifications' alerts. So head to Settings -> Notifications -> Mail.
2. You want to allow notifications, so keep that on. Tap on your individual email accounts to change their notifications. You can change the notification sound, turn off badges, allow on lock screen and more. The important thing is just to have it different from your Thread Notifications settings. I have mine set to only badges.
If you don't want your iPhone incessantly beeping and buzzing all day long from unsolicited or unimportant emails, you may consider turning off Mail notifications. But then you will miss the ones that might be important from, say, your significant other, kids, parents, boss, etc. iOS 8 allows you to assign VIP status to your contacts, which lets you set notifications just for them. Here's how to do it:
1. To designate a contact as a VIP, go to your Mail app and tap on the VIP mail box.
2. Select "Add VIP," which will allow you to choose from your contacts (Note: their contact info must contain an email address).
Most of the Free buttons in the App Store have recently been changed to Get. Apple has quietly modified this feature of the App Store across all platforms. The move follows better delineation of apps that include In-App Purchases, which are often referred to as Freemium apps. Get may better describe the action of downloading, and avoid descriptions of what's actually free.
The Free buttons haven't entirely disappeared, however. Apple apps such as iMovie, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are marked Free, presumably because they will never offer In-App Purchases. In contrast, third-party apps that do not offer In-App Purchases are still marked with the Get button.
The latest version of iOS has been jailbroken untethered, and demonstrated on an iPad 3. Developer iH8sn0w posted a video demonstrating the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak only days after the firmware's release. In the update, Apple closed three of the exploits used by Pangu Team to jailbreak iOS 8.1.
While the iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak is a sign of progress, it currently only works on 30-pin devices which predate the Lighting connector. The news comes as Apple has already seeded iOS 8.2 to developers. At this point in time, the best bet for those looking to jailbreak is to move forward with the Pangu jailbreak on iOS 8.1. Apple is likely to stop signing the iOS 8.1 firmware any day now.
Call out sick and cancel your holiday plans because Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Kingdom Rush Origins are both available on the App Store starting today. These are two of the most anticipated mobile game sequels of the year and they're already burning up the Apple app charts. Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is already the number 2 game behind its predecessor on the Top Paid iPhone chart, while Kingdom Rush Origins has just cracked the top 10 at number 9.
In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, players must return to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza as the night watchman to babysit the old animatronic characters such as Freddy Fazbear and his new friends who are equipped with the latest in facial recognition technology. This time management has supplied you with your own Freddy Fazbear head, instead of security doors, to trick the animatronic characters and keep you safe.
At first glance Relevant Games' new "reverse" tower defense title looks like something that would offend PETA and animal lovers around the world, but upon closer inspection it seems like the game is against factory farms and the poor treatment of animals. In Fat Chicken, players must guide various animals to the slaughterhouse while trying to keep "as much marketable meat on their bones as possible". The game features a variety of tasteless towers and upgrades that aid players in fending off obstacles like hunger, dehydration and alien invasions.
If you visit the official Relevant Games blog you will notice posts about the various towers featured in the game. Each post explains how the individual tower is used , gives tips about the tower and offers a tidbit on what happens "on actual factory farms". For example, Security Guards are described as people who "run off animal rights activists, threaten physical violence, monitor movement of inspectors, and have even been caught participating in animal abuse." Other towers in the game include the Growth Hormone Tower and Meatlet Cleanup Crew, who cleanup "meatsplosions" if you get too hormone happy.
The prequel to Ironhide Game Studio's popular tower defense game, Kingdom Rush, is set to land on the Apple App Store tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern and on the Amazon app store and Google Play on November 20th. Kingdom Rush Origins takes place before the events of the original Kingdom Rush and its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers. Ironhide has released three YouTube videos showcasing the game's new heroes:
- Eridan is a super powerful elf archer
- Catha is a pixie who heals her allies and puts her enemies to sleep
- Arivan is a powerful elementalist who controls all nature elements to burn, ice and explode you into pieces
Many jailbreak tweaks focus entirely on the Control Center, an area of iOS that is ripe for customization. CCQuick, CCControls, and the popular FlipControlCenter come to mind. Another such tweak has recently been updated for the latest version of iOS: CCSettings for iOS 8.
With CCSettings, jailbreakers can add various toggles to the stock Control Center, making this part of iOS even more functional. Multiple settings can be accessed immediately from Control Center, including Cellular Data, Location Services, Personal Hotspot, VPN and more. Having access to more toggles directly in the iOS 8 Control Center makes quick changes to settings quick and convenient.
Jailbreakers are accustomed to respringing their iOS devices when implementing a mod or installing tweaks. Sometimes the software has a convenient respring button built-in. Otherwise, it can be tricky to respring and it can even be easier just to reboot. Now the jailbreak tweak PullToRespring brings this functionality right into iOS 8.
Once installed, PullToRespring adds respring access directly to the Settings. Simply swipe down on the Settings menu and the Springboard will respring immediately. It's the same gesture that is used as a reload or refresh command in many apps. The only option that will be added to the Settings is a toggle to disable the tweak entirely.
Taking a screenshot on an iOS device means pressing the home and sleep buttons simultaneously. While this copies whatever is on the display to the Camera Roll, the image always covers the entire screen. Cropping the screenshot normally involves editing the photo, but with the CroppingScreen tweak installed the process is simplified.
Users with jailbroken devices can control what subset of the display is captured in a screenshot when CroppingScreen is installed. Simply perform the routine method for taking a screenshot, but instead of the photo being instantly taken an interface is presented. The display will appear grey, and a tap and drag reveals a lighter box. Resize the box to select which portion of the screen you wish to capture, then let go.