Facebook Bringing 360-Degree Video To iOS Newsfeeds

Facebook Bringing 360-Degree Video To iOS Newsfeeds

While we once wondered why Facebook would spend $2 billion to buy virtual reality company Oculus, we’re starting to get answers. Two months after Facebook said it was working to bring virtual reality to consumers’ phones via newsfeed ads, the social media company unveiled an iOS version.  [More]

Apple Launches Apple Music For Android

Apple fulfilled a promise to bring its subscription music service to the other side today, launching Apple Music for Android users. Most of the functionality for the new app is the same as its iOS counterpart, minus Siri integration. The Android-based app also offers a free, three-month trial of the service to new users. After that, the service costs $9.99/month for a single user or $14.99 for a family plan, so don’t forget to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to foot the bill after 90 days. [via ArsTechnica]

If You’re Using iOS9, Check This Setting To Make Sure You Don’t Blow Through Your Data Plan

If You’re Using iOS9, Check This Setting To Make Sure You Don’t Blow Through Your Data Plan

Even if you’re not one of the reported 13 million folks who bought a brand-new iPhone 6S or 6S+ this weekend, you may want to go have a look in your phone’s settings. There’s a new feature in iOS9 that’s supposed to be convenient for consumers, but is causing overage problems and billing headaches for some users. [More]

Starbucks Mobile Ordering App Is Now Available To All Coffee Lovers

Just weeks after Starbucks said it would roll out its mobile ordering feature to all U.S. stores by the end of the month, the coffee chain made good on its promise, extending the feature – on both iOS and Android devices – nationwide on Tuesday. The coffee chain had previously anticipated mobile ordering would be ready by the end of the year. Executives for the company said that the service was so popular – allowing coffee drinkers to skip long lines as they order and pay for their beverages with their mobile devices – that the company sped up implementation. [The Seattle Times]

Apple Might Finally Let iPhone Users Delete Some Of Those “Junk Drawer” Apps

Apple Might Finally Let iPhone Users Delete Some Of Those “Junk Drawer” Apps

If you own an iPhone, you probably have a folder somewhere on your device that says “Crap I Don’t Use” or “Why Can’t I Delete This, Darn It?” that holds all of the native apps that come preloaded onto Apple phones, but that can’t be deleted. That junk drawer might be a bit less full sometime in the future, as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook says the company may allow iPhone users to remove certain apps. [More]

Starbucks To Roll Out Mobile Ordering Nationwide, Accept Android Pay By End Of Month

Starbucks To Roll Out Mobile Ordering Nationwide, Accept Android Pay By End Of Month

Android users – and those living in areas of the country where mobile ordering isn’t available at their local Starbucks – can soon order and pay for their morning cup of coffee straight from the comfort of their phones with little human contact, as the coffee chain announced today that it would expedite the rollout of its mobile ordering feature to all U.S. stores by the end of the month. [More]

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With Ad-Blockers Coming To iPhone, Ad Industry Poised For A Fight

According to one estimate, some $22 billion in online ad revenue was lost last year because so many people use ad-blocking plugins on their web browsers. And that number is set to soar with an upcoming tweak to Apple iOS that will allow ad-blocking on the iPhone and iPad’s Safari browser. The ad industry is looking at a number of ways to stem this tide, including the legal route. [More]

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Google Maps For iOS Adds Night Mode To Make It Easier To Navigate After Dark

There’s nothing quite like the white glare of your phone’s map app to annoy a driver at nighttime. Which is why Google Maps for iOS will now include a “night mode” with a darker background, making it easier for drivers to navigate in the dark. [More]

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The Next iPhone Update Could Include A Photo Folder Just For Your Selfies

At first, nothing seems amiss. You’re scrolling calmly through the photos on your iPhone, looking for that particular duckface shot you took of yourself at that fancy bathroom on vacation last year, the one that makes you look more like Beyoncé than you could ever hope. But then the panic starts to creep in… where is it? Where did it go?! How can you post a throwback Thursday (#tbt) photo without it?!?! Relax, guys. Soon, you’ll likely never have to worry about where your favorite selfies are, because they’ll all be in the same place. [More]

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Apple Working On Fix For Text That Instantly Crashes iPhones

It sounds like something out of a horror movie…if mobile phones watched horror movies. A certain string of Arabic characters, when sent to an iPhone, can crash the device and force it to restart immediately. It’s a hilarious prank, but also a nasty security flaw that could disrupt important phone calls. [More]

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Sprint Customers Can Now Make Phone Calls Over WiFi With Latest iPhone Update

Minutes? What are these “phone minutes” you speak of? The latest iPhone update is basically going to do away with the need to count voice minutes for Sprint customers, who’ll be able to make phone calls over WiFi soon. [More]

iTunes And App Stores Down Worldwide, Other Apple Sites Also Reported Down

iTunes And App Stores Down Worldwide, Other Apple Sites Also Reported Down

It’s easy to laugh at the idea of an iTunes-related emergency, but such a thing is possible. If you’re having trouble reaching services from Apple like the mobile and desktop App Stores, iTunes Store, and iBooks store, the company confirms that those are down for everyone, not just you. There are intermittent reports that other services are down, but Apple has not confirmed those. [More]

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Researchers: iOS Bug Allows Malware To Replace Your Phone’s Real Apps

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — don’t download apps from third-party sites, or do so at your phone’s peril. Security researchers say they’ve found a particularly sneaky bug in Apple’s iOS that allows hackers to replace real apps with fakes, that can then steal log-in credentials and gain access to a treasure trove of your information. [More]

Microsoft Decides To Stop Charging For Mobile Office Apps

Microsoft Decides To Stop Charging For Mobile Office Apps

Realizing that it can’t make money if no one uses its products anymore, Microsoft has decided to allow iOS and Android users to access most of the functions in its mobile Office suite of apps — Word, Excel, PowerPoint — without having to pay a hefty annual subscription fee. [More]

FBI Director Wants To Change Law To Allow Easier Snooping On Smartphones

FBI Director Wants To Change Law To Allow Easier Snooping On Smartphones

Last month, FBI Director James Comey expressed vague concerns that new privacy measures on iOS and Android smartphones might allow criminals to do bad things. Now Comey is saying it’s time to change the law to make sure that law enforcement doesn’t have to figure out your phone’s password. [More]

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Giving Police Backdoor Access To Smartphones Is An Invitation To Be Hacked

With both Android and iOS phones making privacy updates that will make it impossible for Google or Apple to unlock a device without a user’s passcode, even with a warrant, authorities from local police to the head of the FBI to the U.S. Attorney General are saying there should be some sort of backdoor way to gain access to these devices. But what they don’t realize is that leaving in that additional point of access just makes phones more vulnerable to other forms of snooping. [More]

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The Time Has Come: Facebook Forcing Smartphone Users To Download Separate Messaging App

Have the urge to send a Facebook message to your ex at goodness knows what time in the morning saying Zeus only knows what? If you want to make that mistake on your phone, soon you’ll have to download the social network’s entirely separate Messenger app, or forever keep your peace. Until the next time you hang out with your pal tequila, at least. [More]

Apple Downplays Reports Of Back Doors To iPhones; Security Expert Says Company Is Being Misleading

Apple Downplays Reports Of Back Doors To iPhones; Security Expert Says Company Is Being Misleading

Late last week, forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski announced at a conference that Apple iPhones have back doors, undocumented functions that could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly connect and swipe data from the devices. Apple has since responded with a statement intended to downplay the issue, but Zdziarski insists that the computer company is not being honest with consumers. [More]