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Apple to Support (Product) RED Initiative This Year
According to the latest announcement made by Apple, the company will support the (Product) RED initiative this year. The guys from Cupertino promised to send a part of money they get from sales on Friday, November 28th and Monday, December 1st to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Moreover, they have already updated the App Store with a new (RED) category of apps. This category features 25 apps connected with the charity initiative. The money from selling these apps will be sent directly to the aforementioned fund.
Microsoft Releases New Cortana vs. Siri Ad
Microsoft has recently released another anti-Apple ad. This time it's a short clip featuring an iPhone 6 with Siri virtual assistant and a handset with Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana on board. As you might have guessed, the guys from Redmond mock Apple's creation claiming their product is more efficient, functional and user-friendly.
Anyway, let's get back to the main topic. Today, Microsoft advertises Cortana's ability to create contextual reminders and traffic alerts based on the latest traffic data. Take a look at the video below and you'll understand what I mean.
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 with Stability Improvements and Bug Fixes
Apple has just released iOS 8.1.1 to users worldwide. The public release comes two weeks after the release of the beta version that contained a wide number of bug fixes, but lacked new functionality. Looks like this is another minor update aimed at making the mobile operating system more stable. What is also interesting about iOS 8.1.1 is that it reportedly kills Pangu untethered jailbreak, so if you want to keep your device jailbroken, stay away from this software update.
Walmart Refuses to Support Apple Pay, Working on Its Own Payments Service
Walmart, one of the largest U.S. retailers, has refused to support Apple Pay. According to what the reliable sources from Re/code claim, the reason for the refusal is high credit card transaction fee. This reason for refusal is closely connected with another one. You see, Walmart belongs to a consortium of the most influential retailers called Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX); its members plan to create their own mobile payments system called CurrentC. This system is expected to boast of lower transaction fees; its launch may take place as soon as early 2015.
128GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Owners Continue Reporting Crashing and Boot Loop Issues
According to the latest reports from people familiar with the matter, a relatively wide number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners have encountered an issue that causes constant crashes and restarts of their devices. After such crashes, the smartphones get stuck in a boot loop and it takes much time to bring them back to normal functioning. What is interesting about this particular glich is that it affects primarily the iPhones with 128GB of storage on board and those that have their storage full or nearly full.
Microsoft Once Again Mocks Apple and Its Products [Video]
Microsoft earlier today released a new ad, where it compared the Lenovo Yoga 3 convertible laptop with Apple's MacBook Air. The commercial is entitled "Let's Dance" and it offers us a closer side-by-side look at both devices. If you have time and mood, you may watch the short video below.
Top 10 Stories of the Week
It is Sunday today and that means that it is high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. So, let’s start.
Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Using Pangu8 (Windows) [iOS 8.0-8.1]
UPDATE: Apple released iOS 8.1.1, that is not yet jailbreakable. So you will be able to jailbreak your device only if you already have iOS 8.0-8.1 installed.
This is step-by-step instructions on how to perform untethered jailbreak of iOS 8.0 - iOS 8.1 firmwares using Pangu8 for Windows.
This tutorial works for:
- iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
- iPod Touch 5G
- iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3
Supported firmwares: iOS 8.0 - iOS 8.1.
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Apple to Launch Apple Pay in China Soon - Rumors
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino have recently launched their own mobile payments service called Apple Pay. Although the system is currently available only in the USA, in the near future it is expected to debut in a wide number of other countries.
Apple Pay Glitch Makes Bank of America Customers Pay Twice for Goods They Purchase
As you probably know, Apple has recently launched its long-anticipated payments service Apple Pay. According to the latest reports from reliable sources, there is a glitch in one of the networks that work with Apple’s new system, which makes the Bank of America customers pay twice for each product they purchase. The good news is that both Bank of America and Apple are aware of the problem and currently working on the solution. All the money the customers have lost so far will be soon refunded.
Pangu released Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 8 - iOS 8.1
The team behind the Pangu untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1-7.1.2 has released a Pangu8 untethered jailbreak for iOS 8 - 8.1.
Currently a jailbreak utility is only available for Windows and at this time Cydia and Mobile Substrate are not working.
Here's the translated details via reddit user zsm1703:
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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Are Equipped with Two Accelerometers?
According to the results of a complex iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus teardown performed by Chipworks, the guys from Cupertino have equipped their new handsets with two separate accelerometers. Such a decision is probably caused by the desire to reduce the power consumption of the devices and to improve the user experience. Whether it is a successful one or not we shall see very soon, after the product launch euphoria ends.
Apple Releases New 'Huge' and 'Cameras' iPhone Ads
The guys from Cupertino today released two new iPhone ads called "Huge" and "Cameras". As you may guess from the names of the commercials, they focus on the larger size of Apple's newly-released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as on the cameras of the devices. The ads feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and are available below, so you may take a look.
The first commercial is called "Huge" and shows us Fallon and Timberlake talking about the size of the smartphones and their functionality.
Siri Now Recognizes Music Using Shazam
You have probably heard the rumor, according to which Siri was supposed to “learn” to identify music tracks using Shazam functionality. Well, looks like the guys from Cupertino indeed integrated such a useful feature into their virtual assistant and it is now available for all the iOS 8 users.
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First iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Hands-On Videos
Although both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven’t yet hit the store shelves, a Korean website UNDERkg somehow managed to get two smartphones and post two hands-on videos to YouTube. They are available below, so you may take a look and say what do you think about Apple’s recently released iPhones. But before doing this, let’s talk about the handsets shown in the clips.