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Although the numerous jailbreaking gurus have been relatively quiet regarding a potential untethered jailbreak for the all-new iOS 8, the Chinese team Pangu has just delivered some very encouraging news. Although the collective stopped short of putting any kind of time frame on when the world might see its very first jailbreak on the new software, the group did say that it’s well on the way to cracking the new OS, and given that Pangu was responsible for bringing Cydia to folks seemingly stranded on iOS 7.1.x, we’re quietly excited about these claims.

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Emoji icons are a major part of the social experience, and in a large portion of Twitter posts and Facebook status updates, you’re likely to see a little smiley face, a thumbs up, or any one of the many other 847 emojis available. With third-party keyboard support now a part of iOS 8, developers have a new angle through which to entice the mobile market, but while the big names like SwiftKey, Fleksy and Swype have all come through with their as-expected ports of the corresponding Android apps, several others have sought to offer something a little different.

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Privacy and security is a constant concern in all walks of life, but in the Digital Age, particularly so. More recently, reports of spying tactics being used by the NSA and other such bodies has had the general public up in arms, and increased the onus on manufacturers and software makers to tighten things up. Apple hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory in this respect given the recent celebrity image leaks, but with iOS 8, your photos, videos, messages and other such content apparently cannot be turned over to authorities.

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As well as providing Android switchers with a guide on using its latest fleet of iPhones, Apple has just added an iOS 8 User Guide to iBooks for iPhone and iPad users. Ideal for anybody looking to get the most out of the new software, it covers every aspect from the simple stuff like sending emails to the other little quirks like using customizable keyboards, and as Apple describes in the release notes, serves as “an essential part of any iBooks library.”

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Even though we’re now on the cusp of OS X Yosemite 10.10, it’s worth remembering that Mavericks is till the current version of Apple’s Mac software, and with reports suggesting that Yosemite won’t hit the Mac App Store until mid-to-late October, it’s likely to stay that way for at least another month. Thus, Apple has just rolled out OS X Mavericks 10.9.5, and with plenty of bug fixes and general performance enhancements, is worth taking the time to download.

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With every new iOS release, there are those devices that, due to age and thus antiquated hardware, are sadly left behind. In the case of iOS 8, only the iPhone 4 was culled, but by the reactions of many iPhone 4s users who’ve just jumped on the new software, perhaps its successor should also have been left behind. Many owners of the 2011 flagship release have reported issues since updating to iOS 8, and with general functionality suffering as a result, those of you currently clutching a 4s may well want to hold off for the time being.

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Apple has really presented developers with a license to shine with iOS 8. As well as third-party keyboard and Notification Center widget support, devs have also been given jurisdiction over Touch ID. This means that apps that would ordinarily use, say, the Passcode feature to verify or secure certain features can now include the fingerprint sensor, and below, we’ve a round-up of those who’ve instantly pushed their updated apps.

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Unless you’ve been too busy to check the tech headlines today, you’ll know that Apple has just rolled out iOS 8, and with developers having scrambled to make the necessary tweaks to their apps, the Cupertino company has been making some adjustments of its own. A number of Apple-made applications have just been updated for iOS 8, and we’ve got all of the info right here.

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When Apple announced iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference back in June, it made a couple of unprecedented moves. In opening up certain areas of the ecosystem to third parties, iOS 8 is the most customizable release to date, and along with third-party keyboard support, the Cupertino also allowed developers to produce Notification Center widgets. To get you started with iOS 8, we’ve drawn up a list of the best apps supportive of these new widgets.

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As well as rolling out the big iOS 8 update today, Apple has also unleashed a sizeable update to the Apple TV software. Given that the company’s set-top runs on a variant of iOS, it makes a great deal of sense for these two releases to coincide, and after the purchase of Beats Electronics earlier on this year, an official Beats app for Apple TV is among the changes that have been pushed with this latest update. With Family Sharing and a plethora of other implementations, this is one update worth having, and below, we’ve got the full low-down.

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iOS 8 has been significant for a number of reasons, but for the makers of third-party keyboards, it has been something of a godsend. For a while, Android users have benefited from the enhanced functionality offered by the likes of Fleksy and SwiftKey, and with little by way of surprise, many of familiar faces are in the pool of developers vying for the newly-found audience on iPhone and iPad. Here, we round up the various keyboards now downloadable via the iTunes Store, and if you’re in the hunt for a better typing experience, check out the list after the break!

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Status Update

By | September 18th, 2014

So, iOS 8 is out, and many are looking to jailbreak iOS 8 already on their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Below, we look at the current state of play in an attempt to assess when one might come about.

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The release of iOS 8 is a nice little prelude to the iPhone launch later on this week, and as developers once again rush to roll out their updates for the new Apple software, the changes made with this latest iOS release mean that it’s not just regular apps hitting the iTunes Store. Back at WWDC, the Cupertino-based company also opened the door for third-party keyboard makers to port their wondrous inventions over from Android, and Fleksy, which just so happens to be one of our favorites, has been among the first to the draw. Already live on the App Store, you can download it immediately for your iOS 8-running device, and below, we’ve got the details.

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In the run-up to the announcement of the iPhone 6, particularly during the latter stages, it was suspected that Apple would also launch the new iPad Air. These notions seemed a little afoot, particularly given that we’re accustomed to October iPad announcements, and when said iPad showcasing did not occur, we immediately knew that Apple was likely to be sticking with tradition. Now, a new report has surfaced suggesting that the refresh to both iPad models will be unveiled on October 21st, with OS X Yosemite 10.10 also rolling out for Mac on the very same day.

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The Apple iPhone 6 is less than two days from launch in many parts of the world, and arguably one of the most pleasurable things about receiving a brand-new device, besides using it, of course, is found in the unboxing process. From taking off the cellophane to peeling away the display’s film, it’s a joyous occasion, and some lucky folk have already had the opportunity to indulge. Thankfully, the team in question decided to video the unboxing of the iPhone 6 for all to see, and below, you can check it out.

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Want to permanently SIM unlock your HTC One M8 Android smartphone and use any SIM card with it? Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to do so.

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It was suggested in the build-up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, particularly by analysts, that Apple’s decision to increase the display real estate would prompt a surge in upgrades. The same reports also indicated that hordes of Android users would jump ship, and the 4+ million pre-orders of the Cupertino company’s latest smartphone would appear to corroborate this notion. While, for existing iPhone users, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will seem familiar for the most part, those making the leap from Android mightn’t be as seamless, and so, rather nobly, Apple has prepped a guide on how those switching allegiances can do so painlessly.

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Tech and fashion are always combining, and you only have to look at the recent introduction of the Apple Watch, notably the Watch Edition series, for evidence of this union. But while the market for wearables will undoubtedly force vendors to collaborate with fashion houses, the new custom PS4 Nike Air Jordans are something quite remarkable.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the two major talking points this week as both await release, and although the devices aren’t set to ship until Friday, early video reviews of each are already beginning to emerge. We know many of you have already bought or are planning to buy at least one of these two new handsets, so check out the details right after the break!

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We’re back once again with another handful of great apps and games to grace your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. There are five in all, worth a grand total of twelve bucks, so be sure to check them out after the leap!

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