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Pebble Launches Appstore with Over 1,000 Apps and Watchfaces

Pebble announced today that its appstore with over 1,000 apps and "watchfaces" is now available for iOS devices. The Pebble appstore is broken down into six app categories (Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games) to make it easier for users to find specific Pebble compatible apps. The appstore also recommends the best apps and watchfaces of the day, and saves downloaded apps so they can be easily installed to your wearable device at a later date.

Pebble appstore

Pebble users can access the new appstore through version 2.0 of the existing iOS app. The Pebble app is free to download and is compatible with all iOS devices running iOS 6 or later.

The Pebble blog notes that the Android version of the appstore is coming " very, very soon."

MLB to Install Thousands of iBeacons at Stadiums

Since it first debuted at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference last June, iBeacon technology has been spreading rapidly. iBeacon is described by Apple as "a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence," which means that iPhone and iPad users will be able to receive information about products and deals while they are browsing in stores and, with Apple's big plans for a mobile payment system, eventually make payments via the iBeacons. So far, several major retailers have taken interest in the technology, including Macy's, Safeway, Giant Eagle, American Eagle and, of course, Apple's own retail stores. Now, both Major League Baseball and the National Football League are interested.

MLB to install iBeacons

The MLB plans to have 100 iBeacons installed by opening day (Monday, March 31st) across 20 stadiums, and many more by the end of the season. Some of the first stadiums to receive the iBeacons include Boston's Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Milwaukee's Miller Park and the Padre's Petco Park in San Diego. The iBeacon technology will be able to be tapped via the MLB's

See what Tweaks Cydia Creator Jay Freeman has Installed

Cydia creator Jay Freeman, also known as Saurik, recently responded to a Reddit thread in which he was asked to list the tweaks and themes he has installed on his iPhone. Freeman responded to the thread entitled "[Request] A list of Saurik’s tweaks and themes he currently has installed!" shortly after it was published by not only listing his installed tweaks, but answering a few questions as well.

Jay Freeman aka Saurik lists his tweaks

First off, the packages he has installed:

  • Cydget(PhotoExample, CyDialer)
  • Cyntact
  • Cyueue
  • Veency
  • FiveIconDock
  • WinterBoard(None)
  • RingerXVIP
  • VoicemailForwarder
  • SafariDownloadManager
  • Barrel(Roll-Away)

Nintendo to Release 'Service' Apps for Mobile Devices

CEO and president Satoru Iwata, confirmed at an investor briefing today that Nintendo plans to start embracing smartphone and tablet devices later this year. The company will not release existing games for smartphones as some had hoped, but instead, it will launch "service" apps to “make connections with customers."

Nintendo App

The company is not ruling out using its existing characters or creating some kind of games, but the apps will primarily be used to introduce customers to Nintendo products. Iwata also said the company will not abandoned the hardware business, but hopes embracing smart devices will "attract consumer attention" to the Nintendo platform. The apps will also support the Wii U's Nintendo Network ID (NNID) log-in system, which was recently introduced to the 3DS portable console.

Billionaire Carl Icahn Buys $500M More of Apple

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn saw a golden opportunity on Tuesday morning after Apple shares fell nearly 8% in after hours trading on Monday, and bought another $500 million worth of Apple stock. He announced to the Twitter world, "Just bought $500 mln more $AAPL shares. My buying seems to be going neck-and-neck with Apple's buyback program, but hope they win that race."

Carl Icahn buys $500 million AAPL

This comes just a week after he purchased $1 billion worth of Apple. His total holdings in the tech giant now approach $4 billion. Icahn has voiced his displeasure with Apple in recent weeks, urging the company to use its enormous cash reserves

Google to Bring Chrome Apps to iOS

Google's Chrome Apps have been available for desktop systems running Chrome OS and Windows for some time now, and they just became available for Mac users early last December. Google is now bringing Chrome Apps to both Android and iOS via Apache's Cordova platform, which is a set of APIs (application programming interface) that allow mobile app developers to access native device functions (such as a camera or accelerometer) with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Chrome Apps for iOS

Google today released a preview of a toolchain for developers. This tool will allow developers to wrap their Chrome apps in a native shell and submit them to Apple's App Store and Google Play. In addition to a multitude of APIs available in Cordova,

Moshi Launches Samsung-like Flip Cover for the iPhone

Moshi has released the SenseCover for the iPhone 5 and 5s. The new case offers full front and backside protection for your iPhone, while allowing you to use your device without having to open the cover. The SenseCover features a preview window like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Flip Cover, and a touch strip that allows you to answer calls and swipe away alarms. The preview window not only allows you to use your phone without the fear of shattering your display, but it also delivers privacy from prying eyes.

Moshi SenseCover

The SenseCover includes a polycarbonate hardshell and leatherette front cover to protect your iPhone from bumps and falls. It also features a magnetic clasp to keep the cover secure, and accessibility to all your buttons and camera.

Apple Stock Drops Nearly 9% Despite Record Breaking Q1 Numbers

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) today released results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter (ended December 28th 2013), and while some of the numbers were record breakers for the tech giant, they still fell short of analysts' expectations. This, accompanied by a disappointing Q2 forecast, caused the stock to drop nearly 9% during after hours trading. According to OppTrends, Apple shares were trading for around $502 at 5:43 P.M. EST today.

AAPL stock dips

Apple reported a record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share. These are up from revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, for Q1 2012. Gross margin dipped slightly to 37.9, down from 38.6 a year ago. iPhone sales

New Jailbreak Tweaks for your iPhone's Battery: BatterySafe, Alkaline and More

Several battery-related jailbreak tweaks for your iPhone/iPad have been recently released and are worthy of mention. BatterySafe will help you avoid draining your battery to the point of shutdown, while Alkaline and NCBattery are cosmetic tweaks for your battery icon.

jailbreak tweak BatterySafe

Anybody who uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity on a daily basis has no doubt been frustrated at one point or another when they went to use their iPhone or iPad only to find its battery dead because they forgot to turn off those services. This

Barrel Home Screen Special Effects Optimized for iOS 7

Looking for a fun tweak to customize your jailbroken iOS 7 device? Developer Aaron Ash has put more hard work into his tweak, Barrel to get it working flawlessly on iOS 7. Once installed from Cydia, Barrel provides a list of transitions to choose from under Settings -> Barrel.

Barrel tweak iPhone jailbreak

Switching between different home screens has never been so interesting. The latest version of Barrel (1.7.0.3-1) brings fixes to iOS 6 devices and updates the Settings to use the entire screen on larger iOS devices. Minor cosmetic flaws noticeable on iOS 7 have also been fixed.

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