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With every new release of iOS comes a slew of features that expand on the OS’s capabilities and functionality, and let users interact with and use their devices in a different manner. The beauty of jailbreak tweaks, however, is that they expand on those features even further, making it possible to do things that the company didn’t allow by default. One such feature with iOS 8 was the Reachability aspect, which basically works only on the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, bringing things in easier range by compacting them towards the bottom of the screen. While pretty great, there were certain limitations with the native implementation of Reachability, and those are what ForceReach – a freshly released Cydia tweak for iOS 8 / 8.1 – aims to address.

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Apple TV has been steadily growing as one of Apple’s hallmark products, even if the company never really intended it to be one. From a simple novelty to an actually usable content provision platform, Apple has grown its set top box steadily through the increase of newer and more channels available for streaming content from. Today, two new channels join the foray; Hallmark Cards’ Feeln network, and FYI network from A&E, which are available right now should you own an Apple TV.

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The Pangu8 jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1 came as a big surprise for the jailbreak community, but with a lot of complexities as well. One of those complexities was missing Cydia after jailbreaking our devices. Even though Saurik updated Cydia to work with iOS 8 / 8.1, the installation method was completely manual, and still remains so at least as of this writing.

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With OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a slew of new features that were aimed at “making the world’s best operating system even better” (Apple’s claim, not mine). While there were obviously new features, like Handoff which I find immensely useful, or MailDrop, which has turned out to be pretty much a life saver for me. Still, a lot of improvements in Yosemite were around minor things; stuff that you didn’t even realize you needed before it was there. One such feature was the Dark Mode for Yosemite.

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Back in the old days of the Internet, one thing that thrived above everything else was the concept of chat rooms. People would spend hours and hours in IRC rooms, hiding behind pseudonyms and being whoever they wanted to be. In the days of Java-based feature phones, applications like Mig33 and Nimbuzz attempted to bring this concept to the world of mobile communication as well, but they didn’t meet much luck at that. The same concept that was massively popular on computers, never really caught on on the cellular world.

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Here’s a complete step by step guide on how you can enable Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite for use in low light conditions.

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Android L finally got a proper name in the form of Lollipop, the latest addition to Google’s growing collection of sweets and desserts that signify Android – the open-source operating system for smartphones, tablets and wearables. With Android 5.0 Lollipop not only did Google introduce the gorgeous new Material Design UI – which, by the way, actually does wonders on the Android aesthetics front – but also a slew of new features. As with any major OS release, the biggest question with Android Lollipop also remains as to when you can get it on your device for actual use. Well, some reliable sources say that the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013-Wi-Fi variants) and the Nexus 10 will be getting Android Lollipop as early as November 3rd this year.

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Apple’s today’s special event has been expected to carry a number of announcements, including those of the new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, and all the changes and innovations to the Mac lineup. Then there have been announcements like updates to the iWork suite, availability of the iCloud Drive and the OS X Yosemite final version, among various others. Well, significant one among those concerned the public release of iOS 8.1 – the first major update to Apple’s iOS 8.

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Today’s special event hosted by Apple at its Cupertino headquarters saw quite a few updates to Apple’s device lineup, which includes the all new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 (with Retina display), the gorgeous 5K iMac, and a number of software enhancements and announcements available either today, or promised just round the corner for next week. One small yet significant product announcement, that, for some, might have even gone unnoticed, was an update to the Mac mini. That’s correct; after all these years, Apple has finally announced an update to the square box computer that’s hardly any bigger than a set-top box for your PC yet rivals many competitive desktop PCs in power and features.

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Reddit’s popularity as a massively successful social network and information sharing platform is beyond question, and the service has only grown since the day it started. Even though Reddit isn’t a social network as Facebook and Twitter are, users addicted to /r are in millions, and they continue to grow by the day. The one area where Reddit seems to have struggled was its presence across mobile platforms, especially through the lack of quality mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone etc. Recently, we saw the executive team behind Reddit focusing on that area, with improved official apps, more focus on mobile customers etc. Today’s move is just that; one more step towards increasing Reddit’s mobile user base, and the company has aimed to achieve that by acquiring the popular iOS app Alien Blue.

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When Apple first introduced folders in iOS way back with the iOS 4 release, it was largely laughed at by Android fans for being flimsy and barely functional. They had good reason to do that, too; Android has had a much functional, not to mention useful, folder organization system since time immemorial, whereas iOS’ initial attempts were lousy and half-baked at best. In fact, there were so many lacking bits and pieces, and glitches, that one of them ended up serving a purpose that wasn’t originally intended; the ability to nest folders within folders. It appears that the same glitch has carried over all the way to iOS 8 as well, and using the same technique (which we’ll describe going forward for the uninitiated), you can nest folders within folders even in iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2.

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iOS 8, which saw the light of day merely 10 days back, held so much promise for users in terms of new features and apps. Yet, the public release of the new iPhone and iPad software was plagued by bugs and issues all over. To that end, Apple had to push out iOS 8.0.1 in less than a week to fix some of the major challenges and bugs in the new software. However, iOS 8.0.1 turned out to be a tragic story of its own; the “fixed” update broke more than what it had patched. For most iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, the update ended up breaking cellular service and Touch ID, effectively making their shiny new iPhones a smaller version of the iPad mini (with a beefed up hardware). Thus came iOS 8.0.2.

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A while back, when the world was made aware of the Heartbleed bug, there was hue and cry all over, mainly because the bug was discovered in a system that was widely used and implemented across the Internet. Today, a new threat has surfaced that’s perhaps bigger than Heartbleed. Labeled the Bash bug – or Shellshock – the new vulnerability affects almost all Linux and Unix based systems, as the vulnerability exists in the Bash command that’s widely implemented in Unix systems. The good news, at least for Mac OS X users, is that Apple is actively working to patch it and release a fix that can put users’ minds at ease.

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Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are barely out, and akin to the famous Antennagate that plagued the iPhone 4 when it was revealed, these two have sprouted a new debate over the “Bendgate” fiasco as it is being called. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, Bendgate essentially refers to the iPhone 6 Plus getting bent under pressure, or, in some cases, just by being kept in the pocket for extended periods of time.

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iOS 8 opened up the iPhone camera API to developers, allowing them to take full advantage of all of the power hidden inside the very capable shooter. Even though the native iOS Camera app is pretty barebones, the new APIs have allowed third-party app makers to get creative with the iPhone camera. So far, a few apps have sprung forth that claim to give you a higher degree of manual control over the iPhone camera, but none have been able to impress so far. Either they were plagued by inconvenient controls, smallish sliders, or an incomplete feature set. Enter Camera+, with its version 6 update that has just been released to the iTunes App Store. The famous camera replacement app has just received a massive makeover, going full manual, and we’ll tell you what the fuss is all about right after the break.

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One of the big highlights in iOS 8 – Apple’s shiny new interactive notification system – seems to have piqued the interest of quite a few large developers to make use of the new feature set. The latest joining the foray is Microsoft with its Skype offering. The Skype for iPhone app just received a major update making it iOS 8 compatible in general, and particularly making use of the new interactive notifications that Apple’s latest and greatest has on offer.

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Ready for your daily dose of freebies? If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know what I am talking about for sure. It’s time for our daily collection of best and premium iOS apps / games that have shed their price tags and are available for free. Our collection today includes five titles, with each one of them being worth a shot.

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The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are well and truly here, and judging by the long lines seen across the world today outside numerous stores, Apple has yet another hit on their hands. But there are still a few lingering questions regarding the device which are begging to be answered, and the one that tops our list is: is the T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus – available on the Apple Store – fully carrier unlocked?

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iOS 8 will finally drop for users the world over today, and according to those who have used the beta bits of it, the OS brings a completely refreshed user experience owing to the backend changes that Apple has implemented. The new and improved operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad not only brings a plethora of features to play with, but also more APIs for developers to utilize in their offerings. One of the most significant amongst these is opening up the Touch ID API to the likes of 1Password, DashLane and LastPass, so that users can sign into websites even in Safari (or any browser of their choice) using the Touch ID sensor. 1Password has already demonstrated that its feature set works just fine during the beta builds of iOS 8, and now, the app is available for free for a limited time due to a glitch in Apple’s system. More details and download link can be found right after the jump.

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A couple of days back, we saw the new and improved Start Menu from Windows 9 in action thanks to a leaked video, and today, the same German source has provided us with another leak that shows the multiple desktops / virtual desktops in Windows 9, and they look pretty slick. More details and video can be found right after the break.

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