Amazon has updated its Amazon Video app with several new iOS 9 and iPhone 6s features. The app now supports Quick Actions, which allows users to quickly access their Amazon Video library, downloads, Watchlist and search from their iPhone 6s or 6s Plus Home screen. Users can firmly press down on the Amazon Video app icon on their display to access the quick menu option.
Pebble today announced that some Pebble smartwatches owners can "test drive" their new iOS text reply feature. The new feature only works with Pebble's more current devices such as the Pebble Time, Time Steel and Time Round, and it requires a "post-paid AT&T account." Pebble smartwatch owners whose devices meet all the requirements will be able to send a "voice reply or pre-defined text to incoming items from the iOS Messages app," according to the release notes. However, the reply sent from your Pebble watch will not appear in your Messages thread on your iPhone.
Most stock and popular third-party apps on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus now feature quick action menus that allow you to to perform tasks directly from the Home screen. Quick Actions are little shortcuts users can access by performing a long or hard touch on app icon. For example, pressing hard on the Phone icon will bring up a list of your frequently used Contacts. Third-party apps such as Facebook also allow users to acces commonly used features from the Home screen such as writing a status update by using Quick Actions.
Although Apple has not yet officially announced an Apple Watch 2, a report last week from Quanta Computer (Taiwanese manufacturer of the current Apple Watch) confirms that the next generation Apple Watch is in development and slated for an initial release in June 2016. The new Apple Watch will likely have a face-time camera, an improved battery and more capabilities when it isn't tethered to an iPhone.
It's been over a decade since Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. underlings have been spotted anywhere, but the landmark stealing thief is back on iOS devices. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released Carmen Sandiego Returns in celebration of the character's 30th anniversary. The new iOS game pits players as ACME agents against Sandiego and her henchmen as they cause mischief across the world from Rio de Janeiro to Singapore.
Carmen Sandiego Returns stays true to the formula of the original computer games by teaching children ages 9-11 about history, geography and world cultures.
"Carmen Sandiego Returns preserves the core gameplay, style and characters of the original game, while giving the brand a modern twist for today's digitally-savvy learners," said CJ Kettler, Chief of Consumer Brands and Strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "We are thrilled to celebrate the comeback of one of our most beloved characters and look forward to many more exciting developments for the brand over the coming months."
Apple is now accepting orders for its official Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock. The new charging dock is available for $79 through apple.com or at Apple Retail locations.
The dock allows you to charge your Apple Watch while laying down or on its side. Charging the Watch while on it side allows you to access the Nightstand mode found in watchOS 2. This allows you to use your Watch as an alarm clock while it is charging overnight.
It should come as no surprise that Apple is working on the next generation Apple Watch. A report detailed by MacRumors indicates Quanta Computer has confirmed development of an upgraded watch coming late in the second quarter of next year. With the initial release planned for June 2016, production can then ramp up later in the year to fulfill demand. Rumors have pointed to several hardware and software improvements in the Apple Watch 2.
One of the most significant new features on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is 3D Touch. The latest iPhone packs a pressure-sensitive display which can be used to invoke menus directly from the home screen. Now thanks to the jailbreak tweak Forcy, those with older devices running iOS 9 can get in on the action. Once installed, Forcy simulates the functionality of 3D Touch on the home screen.
Jailbreak iOS 9 quickly and easily with Pangu. The latest software has been released for Mac OS X users. Pangu is compatible with all iPhone 4s, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 6/6+, iPhone 6s/6s+, iPod touch, iPad mini, and iPad devices running iOS 9.0-9.0.2. This untethered jailbreak solution makes it possible to install tweaks, mods and apps not available on the App Store. Useful and popular tweaks such as SwipeSelection and f.lux are freely available on Cydia once installed.
With iOS 9 Apple replaced the not-so-popular Newsstand with the News app, which aggregates news articles and sources in a similar fashion to Flipboard. It allows you to customize your news feed to include only topics and sources that you are interested in and quickly access them from your iPhone or iPad.