References to Siri for Apple TV Found in iOS 7.1 Code

Amid persistant rumors that Apple is developing a revamped Apple TV set-top box, new code appearing in iOS 7.1 indicates that the company is indeed working on building in support for Siri voice input on the Apple TV, as highlighted by 9to5Mac. The references are included in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1, but not in earlier releases such as iOS 7.0.6.

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The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple’s internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature.

As shown by Apple’s documentation, ’1′ and ’2′ represent the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad families. The ’3′ represents the Apple TV family.

References to a new Apple TV model were previously found in iOS 7 builds, and today’s information suggests that voice input and feedback are likely to be included on the new device.

Apple’s launch plans for a new Apple TV box remain unclear, with rumors of a late 2013 launch giving way to reports centering around an introduction in March or April of this year. Those rumors were then quashed by The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple, leaving uncertainty about Apple’s television plans. A recent product roadmap prediction from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicated that the new Apple TV could arrive around September or October of this year.




Catcher to Supply Apple With iPhone 6 Casings as Sales Estimates Climb to 70 Million [iOS Blog]

According to Chinese and Taiwanese media sources, Apple again is contracting with Catcher Technology to supply metal casings for the company’s future smartphones, including the rumored iPhone 6. First noticed by GforGames, these reports were published this week in the Taipei Times and The China Post.

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Most notably, Catcher is predicted to supply Apple with 10.5 million iPhone 6 casings and 20 million casings for other iPhone models in 2014. These figures are thought to represent 15 percent of the total casings needed for the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple could ship as many as 70 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year.

Barclays Capital made a similar prediction, noting that Catcher is expected to boost its production between 20 and 40 percent to meet demand for the iPhone 6 in the midst of tight supply. Apple is one of Catcher’s larger clients, contributing approximately 40 percent to the supplier’s revenue.

Barclays said it expects Apple’s next-generation smartphone to be launched in the second half of the year and that shipments of the new model will be 35 to 40 percent higher than the previous one.

Catcher is likely to receive between 10 and 20 percent of the casing orders for the new iPhone, which should help lift its earnings in the second half of the year, Barclays said in a report.

Recent analysis suggests interest in a large-screen iPhone 6 is high in both North America and China, where demand for the iPhone 5s is waning and interest in the iPhone 6 is on the rise. The iPhone 6 is expected to debut this fall with a 4.7-inch display, Apple’s A8 processor, an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor and iOS 8.





Viber Updates iOS App with Redesigned User Interface, Multiple Media Sharing [iOS Blog]

Popular messaging service Viber today updated its iOS app to version 4.2, bringing a redesigned user interface for iOS 7 in addition to various new features. The app now includes multiple media sharing that allows users to send multiple photos and videos at once, in addition to the ability to block users and send longer video messages. A cross platform typing indicator has also been added.

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– Completely redesigned for iOS 7! The new look and feel is consistent with the aesthetic of iOS 7 that iPhone users have grown accustomed to.
– Multiple media sharing in one flow. No more back and forth media sharing! Now you can send and edit up to 10 photos and videos at a time!
– Block list. Users can now block contacts they do not know and those that they do not wish to be contacted by. To learn more about managing your block list, click here.
– Send longer video messages. You can now send videos of up to three (3) minutes long.
– Typing indicator. Know when your contacts are typing a message to you on Android tablet, Linux, Mac, PC or Windows 8.
– Bug fixes.

According to the most recent statistics, Viber has over 105 million monthly active users and receives 550,000 sign ups daily. The service was acquired by Japanese Internet company Rakuten in February for $900 million, and launched a new desktop application for Mac and PC last February.

Viber is a free download for iOS devices and can be downloaded through App Store. [Direct Link]




Sprint to Make All Devices Launched After February 11, 2015 Unlockable

sprint_logo-250x124 In an updated unlocking FAQ found on its website (via Android Police), Sprint has stated that it will make all of its devices released after February 11, 2015 unlockable for use on other domestic networks such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

The move is a part of the agreement that the five major U.S. wireless carriers and the Federal Communications Commission signed in December in order to allow customers to unlock their devices and switch carriers if they wish.

I’ve been told by another carrier that Sprint needs to unlock my SIM slot in order to use my phone on the other carrier’s network.

For eligible devices, Sprint will unlock the SIM slot, to the extent that a device SIM slot is capable of being unlocked. It is important to note that not all devices are capable of being unlocked, often because of the manufacturers’ device designs, and that even for those devices capable of being unlocked, not all device functionality may be capable of being unlocked. Specifically, devices manufactured with a SIM slot within the past three years (including, but not limited to, all Apple iPhone devices), cannot be unlocked to accept a different domestic carrier’s SIM for use on another domestic carrier’s network. Sprint has no technological process available to do this. In accordance with Sprint’s voluntary commitment contained within CTIA’s Consumer Code for Wireless Service (“Unlocking Commitment”), Sprint is working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically.

Last year, the Library of Congress ruled that it was illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their phone unless given permission by their wireless carrier. However, the Obama administration filed a petition with the FCC last September asking that carriers be required to unlock mobile devices, which was then followed by the agreement [PDF] between the FCC and the five major U.S. carriers.

Sprint’s move to implement domestic unlocking in all of its future devices will likely be followed by similar moves from other U.S. carriers, as all wireless providers pledged last December to implement the changes within 12 months.




2048 – Ketchapp

Inspired by Gabriele Cirulli game available on the web: http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

Join the numbers and get to the 2048 tile!

Swipe to move all tiles. When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one.

Get to the 2048 tile, and reach a high score!

If you want to adjust the sound volume of the game, please make sure to TURN ON "CHANGE WITH BUTTONS" option in the settings of your iPhone or iPad. Settings > Sounds > Change with Buttons. With that option turned ON, you will be able to adjust the sound volume in the game.


FarmVille 2: Country Escape – Zynga Inc.

A new mobile-optimized FarmVille experience is now available! It’s FarmVille tailored for you and the way you want to play. Best of all, it’s free!
Farm at your own pace, whether you have 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Play with friends or on your own in our new Anonymous Mode: Facebook not required. You can also play when not connected to the internet. Join a Farm Co-Op to trade and share, and go on Farm Adventures to collect rare goods. Now, you can finally play FarmVille anytime… anywhere.

** “FarmVille is back and this time, it’s portable” – TIME **
** "Officially not just for Facebook anymore" – Los Angeles Times **
** "They may have built the best FarmVille game of the series" – Kotaku **

• CRAFT a variety of baked gourmet goods like classic country apple pies
• HARVEST unique coastal crops along with your favorite fruits and vegetables
• DECORATE to your heart’s content as you customize your farm with your very own house
• COLLECT hidden and rare treasures as you discover a new coastal farm
• NURTURE and raise a wide variety of adorable farm animals
• GARDEN by the beautiful blue ocean as you decorate your farm with flowers
• EXPLORE a new FarmVille story filled with special farm adventures
• BUILD a new lush, family farm by the coast so all your friends can visit
• FISH with your fellow farmers and sell your catch at Pike’s Landing
• TRADE and chat with friends or play anonymously with people from all over the world
• ESCAPE to the coast and then connect to your Facebook farm to send free water
• COMPETE with others as your Co-Op climbs the global rankings

The game is free to play, however in-app purchases are available for additional content and premium currency. In-app purchases range from $0.99 to $99.99.

This game does permit a user to connect to social networks, such as Facebook, and as such players may come into contact with other people when playing this game.

For specific information about how Zynga collects and uses personal or other data, please read our privacy policy at http://company.zynga.com/privacy/policy.

You will be given the opportunity to participate in special offers, events, and programs from Zynga Inc and its partners.

Use of this application is governed by the Zynga Terms of Service. Collection and use of personal data are subject to Zynga’s Privacy Policy. Both policies are available in the Application License Agreement and Privacy Policy sections below, as well as at www.zynga.com. Social Networking Service terms may also apply

http://m.zynga.com/legal/terms-of-service


Swamp Attack – Out Fit 7 Ltd.

Defend your house! Your swamp cottage is under attack by animals gone crazy. You have to defend it and survive the oncoming attacks from the evil zombie critters who know no mercy.

What’s great is that Swamp Attack is free to play with the option to purchase items to help you progress through the levels faster.

The game features 54 different levels, 3 episodes and a Quick Mission for an instant action! Defend your house with more than 10 awesome defense tools like the mighty shotgun, the reckless minigun and the super atom bomb! Witness more than 15 different critters going wild each with its own special attack!

HOW TO PLAY
- Tap the screen to shoot.
- Drag and drop the explosives onto monsters.
- Switch between weapons during the action.
- Upgrade and equip weapons before starting a new level.
- Drink potion to continue playing if you get killed or to refill the energy instantly.

Defend your house and have fun!