Handoff is a highly touted new feature of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that allows for seamless continuity between your devices. For example, if you start an email on your iPad, Handoff will allow you to pass the draft to your iMac and continue writing it there. Handoff will also work with Safari, Notes, Keynote, Numbers, Contacts, Calendar, Pages, Messages and Reminders, and it is open to developers as well, so it will soon work with third party apps.
If you've been having trouble setting up Handoff, you aren't alone; there has been a lot of confusion about it over the past several days. Here are a few potential reasons for your frustration:
UPDATE: Saurik has added the iOS 8 version of Cydia as a downloadable .deb file to his website. You can download the new version of Cydia here or wait until the Pangu Team bundles it with a new version of their iOS 8 jailbreak.
Team Pangu, the Chinese team of hackers behind the iOS 7.1 jailbreak, has released a limited jailbreak for iOS 8.x devices to their website. The jailbreak is "limited" because it does not install Cydia to your device, making the jailbreak basically pointless for casual users. The main reason the new jailbreak doesn't come with Cydia is that the application hasn't been updated for iOS 8. However, Cydia creator Saurik is working on an update and you can follow his progress via Reddit.
According to the Pangu website the new jailbreak supports all devices running iOS 8 – iOS 8.1. This includes the fifth-generation iPod touch, iPhone 4s and later, iPad mini 1 - 3, and iPad 2 and later. While this is exciting news for the jailbreaking community, casual users should treat this as a developer version only. Not only is a jailbreak without Cydia pointless to casual users, this version is also only compatible with Windows computers and there is currently no English translation available.
Apple's official Apple Store app has been updated to version 3.1 with Apple Pay support. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 owners can now make "easy one-touch" purchases within the app by using their device's Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Your device needs to be running iOS 8.1 and have Apple Pay setup to use the Apple Pay option when checking out. iPhone and iPad owners can setup Apple Pay in the Passbook & Apple Pay section of the Settings App. Just select "Add Credit or Debit Card” and use your device's camera to scan your credit card information or manually type it in. iPhone 6 users can also add a credit card to their Apple Pay account via the Passbook app by swiping down and tapping the plus sign, or you can use the card connected to your iTunes account by entering that card's security code.
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock slipped a bit last week, despite Thursday's introduction of the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 5K Retina iMac. After closing the previous week at $100.73, share prices steadily declined, hitting a low close of $96.26 on Thursday. They rallied a bit and finished the week at $97.67.
The uptick should continue this week, following Apple's Q4 FY 2014 earnings report, which will be released later today, 5:00 PM EDT, 2 PM PDT.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster summed up Wall St.'s expectations in a note to investors. He believes Apple will announce earnings of around $40 billion, which would be at the high end of the company's Q4 guidance. Looking to the holiday quarter, he expects Apple to generate revenue in the $65 - $68 billion range, with margins of 38 to 38.5 percent.
As promised Apple (NYSE: AAPL) has launched its first major update to iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 is now available as an over the air update on the iPhone 4s and later and iPad 2 and later. Users can download the new software by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. The update requires 1.6GB of free storage to install.
iOS 8.1 includes Apple's new mobile payment system called Apple Pay. The new feature is only supported by the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and the Apple Watch. Only the iPhone 6 models with NFC and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone are capable of making in-store payments at Apple Pay terminals. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users can use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online or in-app purchases on their tablets.
It's 1984 all over again in the App Store, Rovio Entertainment has released its Angry Birds Transformers crossover and Halfbrick Studios has updated Fruit Ninja with a Ghostbusters theme in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary. Both Tiny Tower Vegas and the MMORPG Order & Chaos Online have also been update with bonus Halloween content for those who are getting into the Halloween mood. Also don't forget to check out our best Halloween apps, including Skullduggery, one of our favorite games of the year.
Here are this week's games, apps and jailbreak tweaks released to the App Store and Cydia for 10/12/14 to 10/18/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Tower Madness 2. The tower defense game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/23/14. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 10/16/14.
You can't escape the IRS even in death and those who do try should be expecting a visit from the "semi-organic autonomous skull" agents of Skullduggery. In the game you play as an upstart collection agent for the Infernal Revenue Service who must seize assets from "deadbeats" who tried to beat the system by taking their riches with them to the afterlife. You do this by stretching your brain to snap your skull around various levels in the underworld.
The premise may be zany, but Skullduggery's gameplay is a lot like Angry Birds, or any other physics-based games available on the App Store. Unlike Angry Birds or Crush the Castle, the goal of the game is not to just knock stuff over, but it's more of a platform title where you pull back on your skull to slingshot yourself forward and through obstacles. Skullduggery offers a very easy one-touch playing experience, and its "Bullet Time" feature gives it a more fluid Matrix-like control where you can slow things down midair and change your trajectory. The controls are simple to master, and once you do, you will feel like you are playing any other platform game.
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) highly anticipated wearable may face an uphill battle in Europe where, according to a survey, the populace doesn't appear to be interested in the Apple Watch, at least not nearly as much as Chinese and American consumers. The indifference likely stems from the fact that some of the most highly touted features of the device are old news in the Old World.
German market research group, GfK, conducted the survey, asking 1,000 smartphone owners from each market (Germany, UK, China, US, South Korea) about their interest in various smartwatch functions, assuming the device was completely secure.
The iPhone 6 has already seen record breaking sales since its September launch, and the numbers are poised to jump even higher as Apple expands to 36 new countries by the end of October, bringing the total to 69 countries/territories. The company plans for its flagship phone to be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
Next up, and by far the most important as far as sales numbers are concerned, is China, whose telecom providers began offering pre-orders last Friday. If the estimates are correct, 20 million units have been pre-ordered already, which is twice the amount of iPhones that sold in the U.S. over the launch weekend. Both models will
Things are really heating up for Marvel Entertainment, Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing film of 2014, and the internet is buzzing about Captain America 3 kicking off a Civil War storyline in the cinematic universe. Marvel has also teamed up with Kabam to create an Injustice-like fighting game called Contest of Champions for mobile devices.
Contest of Champions seems to be loosely based on the 1982 comic book series where The Collector uses various Marvel superheroes as pawns in a battle with The Elder of the Universe, the Grandmaster and Death. Players can create a team of any four heroes from the available 25 in the game to compete in a Quest mode or battle against other players in a Versus mode. The game features the typical fighting game style controls and each character comes equipped with three different special moves / powers.