Tweetbot 3 for iOS is frequently regarded as one of the better mobile Twitter apps, no matter the platform — it’s full of shortcuts and visual flair that most clients (including Twitter’s own) sorely lack. It has been lagging on support for Apple’s latest developments, however, which makes today’s version 3.5 update pretty important. The interface now scales properly on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, giving you much more screen real estate when you’re browsing tweets. There are also a few noteworthy upgrades that apply to everyone, including interactive notifications, sharing sheets and support for fetching your login from 1Password. It’ll cost you $5 to get the new release if you don’t already use Tweetbot, but it might well be worth the outlay if the free Twitter apps aren’t quite cutting it.
Want to check if that iPhone you’re considering nabbing off of Craigslist is stolen before you hand over your cold, hard cash? Apple has just released a tool that exists solely to verify whether or not a used iPhone has been locked down remotely by its rightful owner. All you need is the IMEI or the serial number. Punch one of those in, and it’ll tell you whether or not the device… Read More
The four movies will be made by, and star, Sandler. There’s no mention of these films ever making it into a theater—and in fact, Sandler will continue to make movies with traditional studios at the same time—so instead they’ll appear exclusively online. In a press release, Sandler explained why he agreed to the deal:
"When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only….Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!"
Quite. Love or hate Sandler, it’s a big name to be taken on by a relative upstart like Netflix. Clearly, the streaming company is embarking on a foray into the world of major motion pictures. Whether it will be successful remains to be seen—but judging by Netflix’s record for original content, we have every reason be optimistic. [Re/code]
An anonymous reader writes When you pay the tax on a road vehicle in the UK, you used to get a paper "tax disk" to affix to the inside of your car windshield. However the relevant records are documented electronically anyway, inspiring the government to replace the paper system with a purely online one. Unfortunately said system was still in beta when it launched today and predictably, it has broken under user demand. No alternative system is available. (The licensing agency actually ran out of the paper disks more than a month ago, and has been printing them out on normal office paper and asking vehicle owners to cut out the circle themselves.) The initiative is part of a larger "digital-first", restructuring of how the government provides services aimed at "meeting user needs".
Pioneer today became the first company to officially offer support for Apple’s CarPlay vehicle integration feature, after announcing the addition of CarPlay to five of its 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
"CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer’s implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road."
First introduced in March, CarPlay utilizes the built-in dashboard display of an automobile to offer hands-free operation of the iPhone. With CarPlay, drivers are able to complete tasks like getting directions, making calls, and sending messages through Siri voice control.
Other companies that sell aftermarket in-dash systems also plan to offer support for CarPlay in the near future, including Alpine and Clarion. The first CarPlay enabled cars are expected to come in 2014 as well, with Apple partnering with a wide range of manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, Honda, Mazda, Audi, and more.
CarPlay for compatible Pioneer NEX in-dash systems is enabled through a firmware update that is available at no cost. It requires an iPhone 5 or later along with iOS 7.1 or newer.
The market for used iPhone’s is fraught with risk, because you may end up paying hundreds of dollars for a locked off device, or worse — one that appears legit but can’t make calls. Apple has just revealed an iCloud tool to nip that in the bud by letting you check a device’s activation lock status. All you’ll need is the iPhone’s IMEI or serial number. If you’re the rightful owner, you’ll get info on how to disable any activation locks before selling. If you’re buying, you’ll be shown how to remove the previous account (with the seller’s cooperation). The tool will be particularly useful at sussing out "doulCi" devices, which bypass the iCloud to disable activation but won’t actually connect to a cell network. Meaning you won’t get fooled by a stolen or lost iPhone that appears to work, but is actually… an iPod.
This is your semi-regular reminder that CGI is at or beyond the point of absurdity, that everything on the Internet is fake, that there is no spoon, etc. Because seriously. Look at that. Look at it. I think this is the first time I’ve watched a video like this and wandered right on past the uncanny valley, only to plummet backwards into it when I realized — about halfway through,… Read More