iOS 9: Use Two Fingers to Manipulate Text

8:50 AM, Sep. 16th, 2015 · · iOS

Using gestures in iOS 9 to select text

There are a few special features within iOS 9 that are specifically for use on your iPad, and in today's Quick Tip, we're going to go over one of our favorites. If you place two fingers on your screen, you can select text more easily and move your cursor around. Plus, there's a handy new set of shortcuts to use when you need to, say, copy or format text. Neat!

iOS 9 Beta: Sharing and Saving Voicemails

9:07 AM, Sep. 4th, 2015 · · iOS

Share Voice Mail messages in iOS 9

We're getting ready for Apple's big event next week, but in the meantime, Melissa Holt's got a brand-new iOS 9 trick for us! In this Quick Tip, she's going to discuss her very favorite new feature, which is the ability to share voicemails with other people and save 'em out into other apps. 

Retailer Screws Up, Shows Off HomeKit Compatible Hue Bridge Early

5:05 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · iOS

Philips Hue HomeKit compatible Bridge coming soon and it'll cost about $60

When Philips said its Hue smart lightbulb line would be HomeKit compatible the assumption was that we'd need some piece of new hardware to make that happen, and now we have confirmation thanks to a light retailer in the Netherlands who added the new Hue Bridge to its online store prematurely. The bad news is the HomeKit compatible Hue Bridge will cost about US$60, but the good news is you won't have to replace any of your bulbs.

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Spending extra cash to make your Hue lights HomeKit compatible does kind of suck, but it isn't like you have to replace all of your bulbs, too. So at least there's that.

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

2:39 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · iOS

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

Today we have a deal on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus for your iOS device. It will work with Android devices, too, if that's your thing. It features a retractable tip, and doesn't require Bluetooth paring or a special app. This stylus retails for $50, but through our deal you can get it for $34.95.

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle: $49

2:48 PM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · iOS

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle

Check out the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle. This developer training deal includes the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course and the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Course. Separately they retail for $398, but through our deal you can get them for $49. Check out the deal listing for more details.

iPhone Jailbreakers Hit with ID Stealing Hack

11:52 AM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · iOS

KeyRaider malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks found another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone: KeyRaider. This nasty bit of malware steals your Apple account user name and password, device GUID, push notification certificates, and more. The upside is that most iPhone and iPad owners don't have to worry about the threat even though Palo Alto Networks says KeyRaider is responsible for the single largest malware-based Apple account theft to date.

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Jailbreaking isn't the fun time it was a few years ago before Apple's App Store was around. The bad guys ruined jailbreaking for everyone, and the App Store made it pointless for most people, too. Stay away from jailbreaking unless you have a really good reason to hack your iPhone.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · iOS

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.