Saturday, November 22, 2014

Recover Deleted Notes, Messages, Contacts, Pictures & More iPhone & iPad

Friday, November 21, 2014

OS X Yosemite Users Experiencing Issues With YouTube Videos in Safari [Updated]

The latest update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1, appears to be causing some users to be unable to play YouTube videos in Safari. According to threads on the Apple Support forums and Google's Product forums, some users that attempt to play YouTube videos are seeing only black screens with audio clipping or are experiencing problems loading videos.

Other users are able to play videos, but are seeing a brief error message before a video begins to play, and still other users are getting complete browser crashes when attempting to watch a video. For some users, the problems just started a few hours ago, suggesting the issue may be on YouTube's end. 
I installed Yosemite on my iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007) when it was first released and I had no issues whatsoever. 

Last night I updated Yosemite to 10.10.1 and now all of a sudden Safari Version 8.0 (10600.1.25.1) won't play any YouTube videos. All I get is a black screen with a little audio clipping. 

When using Firefox (v32.1.1) or Chrome (v38.0.2125.122) everything works ok.
 Users on the support forums have tried various methods to fix the issue, including resetting PRAM, clearing cookies and caches, but nothing appears to work to fix the problem. One user discovered a temporary fix, going to Develop --> User Agent --> and checking Google Chrome - Mac, but the fix resets when the browser is closed. 

YouTube videos appear to be playing fine in both Chrome and Firefox, so a workaround until a fix is available is to watch videos in an alternate browser. 

Released to the public on Monday after two weeks of testing, OS X 10.10.1 bundled in reliability improvements to Wi-Fi, Microsoft Exchange, Mail, and Back to My Mac. Apple has already seeded a second Yosemite update, 10.10.2, to developers, but that beta has its own issues, including problems with Chrome, and user reports suggest the Safari error is present on 10.10.2 as well. 

Update: Users on OS X 10.10.0 are also reporting the issue, suggesting it is indeed a YouTube problem.

Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Ad Showcasing Contextual Reminders, Traffic Alerts

Microsoft today launched a new video advertisement that compares its Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's own digital assistant, Siri, showcasing Cortana's contextual reminders and traffic alerts, two functions that Siri does not have. 

In the ad, entitled "Siri vs. Cortana: Bigger," Cortana and Siri have a "conversation" where Cortana queries Siri about her new abilities in the iPhone 6 and Siri continually responds that she just "got bigger." 

Cortana: Hi Siri, looks like you're in a new phone. Congratulations. 
Siri: Yes, I got bigger. 
Cortana: Oh, are you more like me now? Can you give reminders based on who calls or texts? 
Siri: No, I got bigger. 
Cortana: How about traffic alerts? Can you tell people to leave early based on traffic reports? 
Siri: No, seriously, I just got bigger. 
Cortana: That's okay. Happens to everyone this time of year. 
Microsoft first announced Cortana in April of this year. The digital assistant, designed to compete with Apple's Siri, is named after the AI character in the popular Halo video game series and is voiced by actress Jen Taylor. With Cortana, Microsoft aims to emulate real personal assistants, and Cortana will ask questions and monitor user activity to learn more about its users. Cortana, available on Windows devices, can perform a few functions that Siri is not capable of, including scheduling reminders from text messages and mapping out traffic patterns to provide travel recommendations. 

Siri may not have received updates specific to the iPhone 6, but the virtual assistant did gain new capabilities with the release of iOS 8, including Shazam music integration, the ability to purchase music in iTunes, streaming voice recognition, and hands-free voice activation with the command "Hey Siri." 

Cortana has been starring in a series of anti-Siri advertisements since July, with the first advertisement highlighting context-aware reminders and the second showcasing Cortana's mapping capabilities

Microsoft has a long history of targeting Apple in its advertisements, comparing its Surface line of products to Apple's iPad and iPhone. Just this week, Microsoft launched a new "Winter Wonderland" ad that pits the Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air, highlighting the Surface's kickstand, portability, and touchscreen.

Apple is Still Signing iOS 8.1, Last Chance to Downgrade/Restore & Jailbreak

Apple is Still Signing iOS 8.1, Last Chance to Downgrade/Restore & Jailbreak

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 for its mobile devices just a few days ago, and yet, the Cupertino-based technology giant is still signing iOS 8.1. Many of you already know what that means.

With iOS 8.1 still being signed, that means that you can still downgrade from iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 8.1, which if you're at all interested in jailbreaking, is something you will want to jump on before it's too late. It's also a great time for those on iOS 7 to upgrade to iOS 8.1 before Apple stops signing it. 

After all, iOS 8.1 is the latest jailbreakable firmware for iOS devices, and iOS 8.1.

To restore your iOS device to iOS 8.1sownload iOS 8.1then plug your iOS device into your computer so that iTunes launches, and put your iOS device into DFU mode by:

  1. Pressing and holding both the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds
  2. Then, while continuing to hold the Home Button, release the Power button and don't release the Home Button until iTunes says your device is in "recovery mode"
  3. Your display should be black, if it is, then you did it right –*hooray!

Now that you've got your device in DFU mode, you can press the Option Key + Click Restore in iTunes (Mac) or press the Shift Key + Click Restore in iTunes (Windows) to bring up a file selector. Just select the firmware file that you downloaded, and iOS 8.1 will be loaded onto your iOS device; that's all that's to it!

Now you're free to jailbreak your iOS 8.1 device with Pangu8 .!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

'IMN for iOS 8' Brings Quick Reply to Some Unsupported Apps in iOS 8

iOS 8 comes with Quick Reply for the Messages application, but for the other messaging applications that you might use, you need to actually open the application to respond to a message that comes in. Fortunately, a new jailbreak tweak called IMN for iOS 8 by iOS developer Mohamed Marbouh is now available in Cydia that makes it so you can access quick reply for many different messaging applications.

For example, Facebook Messenger is supported by IMN for iOS 8, as is Kik Messenger, and LINE. As shown above, when tapping on the "Reply" button from the iOS 8 notification banner, the tweak makes it so you can reply to messages directly from the banner without leaving the application that you're already in.

The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, as well as enable or disable tapping on the banner notification itself to access IMN for iOS 8's quick reply function:

If you're interested in giving IMN for iOS 8 a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now for $1.99. The tweak requires iOS 8 to be installed.