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Apple has released the open source ‘Darwin’ code of OS X 10.10 Yosemite in a roll-out that occurred last night, and considering the release of Darwin 10.9 last year, has popped up right on cue.

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Apple, like a number of the bigger names in the mobile industry right now, is focusing its efforts on fitness and health, integrating a number of features that will supposedly help iOS users to lead healthier and more active lives. The HealthKit infrastructure is integral to this, but while many third-party apps can aggregate iOS Health data to help us keep track of progress, this one essentially gives you a deadline for when you’ll cease to exist. So, if you’re feeling a bit morbid – it is, after all, Halloween – check out the details of this intriguing app after the break!

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UPDATE: Team Pangu has released a tool to jailbreak iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 untethered on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, all iPads, and iPod touch 5. You can read more about it all, along with jailbreaking instructions, download link and more for new jailbreak in our dedicated articles given below.

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The Pangu team has delivered an untethered iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak when we least expected it. Having surprised us with the impromptu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x, the Chinese team has come through with another solution for the all-new iOS 8.x. As mentioned in our initial coverage, dubbed as Pangu8, it works with iOS 8.0 all the way through to the latest iOS 8.1, and below, we’ll be showing you how to jailbreak your device using the tool.

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The Moto 360 is unquestionably among the best-looking smartwatches to have released so far, and Motorola will apparently be looking to capitalize on the finesse of its flagship wearable by releasing a gold edition. Nothing has been set in stone as yet, but as with so many unannounced tech devices and products, Amazon has leaked it early. As normally occurs when Amazon leaks stuff by accident, the listing has since been pulled, but regardless, we’ve as good as confirmation that a gold variant is in the offing.

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We’ve all, at some stage, found ourselves in the scenario where we pass our phones over to a friend, with the intent on showing them a photo or video, and they take it upon themselves to scan through the entire library. Many of us harbor snaps that we’d probably not want to share with everybody, and so when this unsolicited scanning frenzy begins, we often lean over to retrieve our devices before the worst occurs. But there is an easier way. There just so happens to be an in-built iOS feature that allows you to completely disable and enable touch browsing in a swift, convenient manner.

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The movie industry has long been concerned about the issue regarding moviegoers recording a movie using a smartphone, camera or other device. Google Glass, unlike most other camera-equipped gadgets, could be used to record a movie quite unsuspectingly, and as such, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – the body that represents the major studios – has made a move to completely ban Glass and similar forms of wearable tech in cinemas.

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With Apple touting HealthKit and Google also joining the fold with Google Fit, it was inevitable that Microsoft would join the fold at some point, and having taken the wraps off its fitness-related Microsoft Band wearable, the accompanying health and fitness platform – aptly named Microsoft Health – was also launched alongside the wrist worn gadget. Designed for the Microsoft Band, there’s an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone right off the bat, and as ever, we’ve all of the details under one roof.

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The Pangu team has just announced via Twitter that users who’ve jailbroken using Pangu8 1.0 can go ahead and install Cydia directly from the Pangu app itself. Given that Pangu 1.1 is set to arrive shortly – a release that will inject Cydia as part of the jailbreaking process – those who’ve waited so long for a simpler set of steps finally have their wish, and if you don’t want to wait for the next major installment of Pangu, you can instead pluck Cydia 1.1.14 from the current version.

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The jailbreak scene has once again surpassed itself with the promptness of the release of a jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1. Not only do we have to applaud the work of the Chinese Pangu jailbreak team, but the endeavors of Cydia author Saurik and his developers has been just as commendable. The only issue with this untether is that it’s not exactly noob-proof, with many of the steps involved in jailbreaking, manually installing Cydia and such requiring at least a passable amount of prior knowledge. But Pangu has announced that it is well into combining its tool with the very latest version of Cydia, and once testing and consultation with Saurik has commenced, could release to the end user as soon as tomorrow.

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A major update has just been made to Cydia, driving the version number up to 1.1.15 whilst adding a number of fixes largely specific to iOS 8 / 8.1, the new iPhones, and the Pangu8 jailbreak.

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As far as jailbreakers are concerned, Cydia is the focal point of the entire experience. The go-to hub for tweaks, themes and other niceties, it’s considered the central portal, the nucleus of the entire operation. But as many have begun to discover with this latest Pangu8 untether, Cydia doesn’t operate alone, and in actual fact, there are a number of key apps and services driving devices that have been jailbroken. Cydia Substrate, also developed and maintained by Cydia author Saurik, is an essential piece of the jigsaw, and after a couple of major updates already since Pangu arrived ten days ago, version 0.9.5016 brings fixes for jailbreakers running older versions of iOS.

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven’t just been popular smartphones among critics and consumers, but in terms of sales, they’ve already broken all kinds of records. Rivaling vendors in the mobile industry have sought to counter, with Google having recently taken the wraps off the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, but the rampant success of the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus won’t have stung any competitor quite as severely as Samsung. The Korean outfit’s Note series, considered flagship alongside the Galaxy S line-up, has been a saving grace for fans of handsets with large displays, but even with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement being bolstered by the intriguing Galaxy Note Edge, there’s seemingly little that the Tizen maker can do to halt the dominance of its bitter rival.

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Shazam has essentially eliminated that ever-so-annoying “what song is this, again?” conversation that we used to have amongst ourselves whenever we heard a song we liked on the radio. As a third-party app / service, it’s been running for years now, but with iOS 8, Apple took the favorable step of baking it into Siri. So instead of using the app – which becomes typically hard to find when you know a song is about to end – one can simply ask for title, artist and album through the digital slave that is Siri. Yes, this is even more convenient than Shazam as we already knew it pre-iOS 8, but then again, at least Shazam keeps a neat list that we can always refer to. iOS 8 does too, although it’s a little trickier to find, and so, we’ve compiled a very little guide to help you find a list of the songs that you’ve asked Siri to tag.

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One of the great, albeit somewhat belated features Apple has introduced with iOS 8 is the ability to add third-party widgets. Back when the new software first dropped last month, we outlined a number of great widgets that we recommended you try out, and now, we’re back with a handful more. Whether you’re looking for basic utilities or for a way to remain engaged with Twitter, this little list covers all bases, and with seven great widgets in total, we’re sure you’ll find your next must-have after the fold.

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Rockstar Games took the gaming world by storm last year with the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, and having posted record sales through the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, has spent the majority of the past twelve months prepping a version for the next-gen consoles. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC edition of GTA 5 will be much more than just a mere up-scaling of the visual aspect, Rockstar has promised, and what we’ve seen so far in screen caps has been nothing short of impressive. With the release period now closing in on the console editions – the PC release won’t arrive until early next year – more details have begun to emerge of some of the treats that returning next-gen GTA 5 users can expect to enjoy.

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In the run-up to the launch of the Apple Watch, many expected the wearable to be treated to the “iWatch” moniker, but while we now know this will not be the case, the owner of the iWatch trademark in Europe is looking to diversify its business to include – yep – smartwatches. Probendi, a company based in Ireland, trademarked the name some time ago, and while the software outfit has very little experience in terms of hardware, is planning on coming through with its very own smartwatch anyway.

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One ambitious concept maker has crafted an interesting render of what a Google Glass-esque product might look like if Apple’s design team was at the helm. It features, among other perks, a micro projector that beams content directly onto the lens, and while it seems far-fetched that such a slimline, stylish look could be achievable at this point in time, the designer suggests that Apple’s own face computer could be something to consider in years to come.

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One of the more favorable features Microsoft included with Windows 8 was trackpad gestures, allowing users to navigate more quickly and, in turn, become more productive and efficient as well. With the upcoming Windows 10, the software maker will be adding quite a few more gestures to the current repertoire, with emphasis apparently being placed on power users.

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Just a while back, we highlighted a neat little clip which presented an Apple Watch-like UI running on the iOS home screen. It was definitely among the cooler mods we’d seen since the introduction of the jailbreak only last week, and now, the whole thing is available as a free jailbreak tweak for all to download.

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