iOS 8.3 Now Available [Changelog]

Apple today released iOS 8.3 to the public. The update brings a few new features such as Wireless CarPlay, a new emoji picker with over 300 new characters, new language and country support for Siri, new dictation languages and more. iOS 8.3 also includes a number of bug fixes and other improvements.

iOS 8.3 Emoji

iOS 8.3 doesn't have any significant Apple Watch updates or any major new features besides Wireless CarPlay. As always, users with jailbroken devices should avoid upgrading if they want to keep all their tweaks and Cydia apps installed.

Ring Producer Signs up for Five Nights at Freddy's Movie

Warner Bros. is developing a movie based on the hit video game Five Nights at Freddy's, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment will produce along with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. Lee is known for adapting the The Ring for U.S. audiences and he is also behind the upcoming Poltergeist remake hitting theaters on May 22.

Five Nights at Freddy's Movie

Five Nights at Freddy's is a popular video game featuring creepy animatronic creatures inspired by Chuck-E-Cheese. The game was created by Scott Cawthon and has launched two sequels. All three games have been huge hits on Steam and the Apple App Store.

Mortal Kombat X Launches One Week Early for iOS Devices

Mortal Kombat X has popped up on the App Store one week before its official release. The mobile version is not a port of the console and PC game. Instead it is more like Injustice: Gods Among Us where players can unlock and collect classic Mortal Kombat fighters such as Scorpion, Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Sonya and more.

Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X for iOS allows you to build your own roster of fighters for 3v3 combat. Players can challenge other players in online battles called Faction Wars and work their way up the leaderboards while unlocking new special attacks and artifacts. The game also features Mortal Kombat's trademark Fatalities and X-Rays, the ability to form alliances with other players who can help you in combat and weekly prizes.

Take an Apple Watch Guided Tour, Pre-Orders Start Friday

Apple has started posting detailed Guided Tour videos ahead of the Apple Watch launch on April 24. The videos, on a special Welcome to Apple Watch page are focused on showing owners and potential buyers how to make the most of Apple Watch. In addition to a general welcome video showcasing Apple's "most personal device yet", there are several focused tours on the way.

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At the time of this writing, Messages, Faces and Digital Touch are live. Others labeled Coming Soon include Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, Music, Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout. The tours are around two minutes or less, showing how Apple Watch operates along with key functions of the device. At the bottom of the Guided tour page is a collection of all previously released Apple Watch films from the keynote announcement and beyond.

Vine App Gets 720p Video Upgrade

Video sharing site Vine has announced a high quality format for bigger and better Vines. Initially launched in January 2013, the iOS app has received several updates. In the latest version, six-second looping clips known as Vines have been upgraded from 480p to 720p resolution.

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iPhone owners will be able to take advantage of the upgrade immediately, with 720p coming to Android devices soon. Twitter acquired Vine shortly before its initial release, and the company continues to improve the service. An update released just last month gave the Vine app Background App Refresh capability, which makes it possible to watch already downloaded Vines without a data connection.

Auxo Legacy Edition Released on Cydia

The jailbreak tweak Auxo has been around for some time. Several iterations have brought an innovative look and feel to app switching and the iOS Control Center. In fact, Auxo pioneered the use of app preview cards which finally made their way into stock iOS 7. Auxo Legacy Edition eliminates some of the flair found on later versions in favor of the simplicity and speed of the original.

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Once installed, Auxo is accessed by invoking the Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom of the display. Instead of the stock toggles and controls, Auxo presents a built-in app switcher with card previews. Swipe left and right to view the most recently used apps, then use preconfigured gestures to launch an app or dismiss. All apps can be exited with a tap and hold. The standard Control Center interface is also accessible in what's called Auxillary Pages.

Delete Multiple Apps at the Same Time

For iPhone owners looking to do some Spring Cleaning on their devices, app removal can save significant space. Low available storage can cause streaming music and video bottlenecks and slow down iOS performance. Not to mention the Camera app can't save photos and videos when a device is full. Clearing app caches can save space, but sometimes a list of unused apps must go.

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The jailbreak tweak MultiDelete makes this an easier task. With MultiDelete installed, multiple apps can be deleted at the same time. Once installed, make sure the tweak is enabled. Using the toggle in settings requires a respring for changes to take effect. A handy respring shortcut is provided. The real magic happens on the home screen.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: DuckTales: Remastered and More

Blizzard Entertainment opened its second single-player Hearthstone adventure Blackrock Mountain on April 2, 2015. The first wing called "Blackrock Depths" is an underground city inhabited by Dark Iron dwarves. Players who have unlocked all 9 heroes can open the Blackrock Depths for 700 in-game gold or $6.99 USD. The Blackrock Mountain adventure features 5 wings which can be unlocked individually or all at once for $24.99 USD. In the adventure players can defeat 17 NPCs to unlock a total of 31 new Hearthstone cards, including 5 Legendary cards! Here are the five announced wings:

DuckTales: Remastered

Blackrock Depths (Release date: April 2, 2015) This sprawling underground city is the stronghold of the Dark Iron dwarves, thriving deep beneath the surface.
Molten Core (coming soon) Face fiery elemental minions in searing magma tunnels at the heart of Blackrock Mountain.
Blackrock Spire (coming soon) Climb to the heights of Blackrock Mountain to invade Nefarian’s domain and square off against ogres, orcs, and dragonkin.
Blackwing Lair (coming soon) Foil the lord of Blackrock by disrupting his attempts to create the perfect draconic minions.
The Hidden Laboratory (coming soon) The final showdown, where you’ll contend with fiendish technology, horrifying experimental monstrosities, and the mastermind behind them all.

iOS App of the Week: Stylinity - The App That Rewards You for Modeling Clothes

Getting a lot of likes for your selfie on Instagram is fun, but why not get paid for your awesome fashion sense? Stylinity is a fashion app that not only allows you to shop for clothes and accessories, but it also rewards you for sharing your favorite items with your friends, family and social media followers. Here's how it works.


After a quick sign up process (requires and email and confirmation code) Stylinity allows you to snap photos of yourself and tag your clothes so other users of the app can find and purchase those items. If modeling is not your thing, you can instead scan the barcode of any items you own or find in stores and upload them to the the app. You will then earn points towards gift cards and other rewards every time someone buys a product based on your suggestions.

Spring Cleaning: How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

There is nothing more annoying than not being able to download an app or make a video because your iPhone is too low on storage. Luckily Apple has made it easier over the years to clean up your device. Here are several ways to make more space available on your iPhone.

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Apps: It is time to part with apps you do not use. The easiest way to do this is to navigate to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. From here you can see a list of apps installed on your device and how much storage they use. To delete an app from the list, just tap its icon and select the "Delete App" option. Deleting unused or unwanted apps is a great way to free up storage on any iOS device. You can also delete apps the old fashioned way from your Home screen if you find that easier.



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