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iOS 9 Transit feature to launch in select cities

Following an earlier report that Apple Maps will be adding Transit in iOS 9, a follow-up report by 9to5Mac provides more details on Apple’s initial rollout plans, indicating that at launch the service will be limited to a handful of cities around the world. According to sources familiar with the project, Apple’s Transit service will be coming to only a half-dozen cities at first, with the list including San Francisco and New York in the U.S., Toronto, Canada, and London, Paris, and Berlin in Europe. Despite this short list, however, Apple is reportedly already making plans to expand the service further, and is considering Boston, Massachusetts and Tokyo, Japan as two of the next cities on its list.

Tip of the Day: Showing badge count for only important messages in iOS Mail

Sometimes dealing with email can be an overwhelming task, and the default settings in the iOS Mail app — showing every unread message on your icon badge — doesn’t make things any easier in that regard. Especially if you’re the sort of person who feels that every red indicator on your home screen has to be dealt with as soon as possible. While alternative email applications and services often do a better job of filtering out and only notifying you of important email messages, you can actually accomplish this to some degree with Apple’s own built-in Mail app with a little bit of tweaking.

If you visit the Notifications section in the main iOS Settings app and select Mail, you’ll see that you can not only set up notifications on a per-account basis, but can also do this for entries on your VIP list or for Thread Notifications. If you’re finding yourself inundated by low priority emails, simply turn off ALL notifications — including the badge count — in the upper section, and adjust the VIP list and Thread Notifications to your preference. If you then setup your VIP list with all of your important personal and work related contacts, and enable Thread Notifications for any other important messages for which you might be expecting a response, you can then rely on these settings to ensure that the little red numeric badge on the Mail app icon only lights up when there’s actually something important for you to look at, rather than the latest random newsletter or discount offer. …

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Review: Griffin WatchStand for Apple Watch

Griffin's WatchStand ($30) is one of the first Apple Watch stands to hit the market. WatchStand is made of plastic and rubber — the most visible portions of the stand are almost all black plastic. Notably, Griffin has come up with a few very clever and welcome touches for its stand. The first is cord management, as an inner rubber core allows users to wrap the Apple Watch's long charging cable around it, significantly cutting down on the amount of exposed cable which needs to be fed out the bottom of the stand. The other bit of inspired design is an asymmetrical weighted base with a wedge, which allows iPhone users to charge the device while displaying it for viewing. WatchStand includes a small rubber spacer to be used with the stainless steel Apple Watch charger.

Report: iOS 9 to feature Force Touch support, updated keyboard

Apple has designed iOS 9 to support Force Touch capability — rumored to be coming in next-generation iPhones — and is making improvements to the OS keyboard, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Apple’s updated iOS 9 will offer similar functionality to the Force Touch trackpads in new MacBooks, integrating the new technology to bring pressure-sensitive scrolling to media players. Force Touch will also modify the way users look up words, allow them to add new events in Calendar, and drop pins in the Maps app, according to sources who have used the new iPhone prototypes. Since the updated iOS 9 will also power upcoming iPads, there is speculation that Force Touch capabilities will end up in future iPads, as well. Apple is also weighing options for keyboard updates, including easier access to the QuickType keyboard, an improved Shift key that makes it easier to see when Shift or Caps Lock is active, and a “longer” design with additional editing controls in portrait mode. Updates to iMessage are also expected, including improved read receipt settings and preferences.

Microsoft confirms Cortana coming to iOS this year

Cortana — Microsoft’s answer to Siri — will be available to iPhone users through the App Store later this year, according to a blog post from Microsoft. Cortana will manage various functions across both an iPhone and Windows 10 PC — Microsoft notes that its “Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone.” It will be able to answer questions, provide reminders, make notes, track flights and other routine tasks. There will be some limitations to the integration, however, as the iOS version of Cortana won’t be able to toggle settings or open apps on iOS, and isn’t integrated with an iPhone’s microphone to enable the hands-free access available on a Windows phone by saying “Hey Cortana.”

Microsoft hopes its new Phone Companion app built into Windows 10 will make PC desktops more appealing to iPhone users, allowing the phone to instantly upload photos, access music, work on Office documents and make notes that sync up with a user’s PC through the company’s OneDrive service.  A preview of Phone Companion will be available in a few weeks, but Cortana isn’t scheduled to land on iPhone until later this year.

Apple creates Chief Design Officer role for Jony Ive

Jony Ive is taking on the role of Chief Design Officer at Apple, as revealed in The Telegraph. Ive had been Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design for years prior, controlling both the industrial design for devices and the interfaces which run on the finished products since 2012. The promotion leaves Ive at the helm of Apple’s design process, but as of July 1 he will hand off day-to-day duties to new Vice President of Industrial Design Richard Howarth and new Vice President of User Interface Design Alan Dye. Howarth has worked on every version of the iPhone ever produced and Dye was integral in both the iOS 7 redesign and the new Watch OS interface for Apple Watch.

Daily Deal: AirServer Mirroring Receiver

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up AirServer Mirroring Receiver for only $9.99 – that 33% off the regular price. Allowing you to AirPlay anything from your Phone, iPad or iPod touch to your monitor, AirServer basically turns your Mac into an Apple TV, letting you beam content from your iOS devices to your bigger display. Anything you can stream over AirPlay can be streamed to AirServer, including content from third-party apps like BBC iPlayer, 4oD, and Netflix, and full 1080p HD support provides the highest quality possible. You can also mirror your iPhone or iPad display to share whatever you’re looking at on your screen, such as social media interactions or photos, and play mobile-only games on your monitor. AirServer even lets you record your actions to easily create demos and tutorials.

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Tip of the Day: Navigating through songs and videos at finer intervals

While it’s been around since iOS 3.0, you may not realize that you can actually vary the speed at which you adjust the position – known as “scrubbing” – through a song or video to allow you to navigate to a specific position with greater precision. This works in most of the built-in iOS apps such as Video, Music, and Podcasts, although it may not be available in third-party apps depending on the playback methods they use.

When you’re playing a video or listening to a song or podcast, you can of course adjust the position by placing your finger on the playhead within the scrubber bar that appears to show you your relative listening/viewing position. However, if you slide your finger down after you place it on the playhead, the scrubbing speed will be reduced, first to half-speed, then quarter-speed, then “fine” scrubbing as you continue downward; text below the scrubbing bar will indicate the current speed at which you’re scrubbing, and you can then move your finger left or right from that position to scrub with much more granular control.…

Daily Deal: PhoneClean iOS Cleaner

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering PhoneClean iOS Cleaner for only $9.99 – 74% off the regular price. Designed to help you reclaim space on your iPhone, PhoneClean finds and removes cruft from your iPhone, including hidden temp, cookie and cache files, deleted private SMS, iMessage, MMS, and associated pictures, audios & videos, Internet browsing history, discarded emails and attachments for webmail, and useless app crash logs and system notifications. It can also fix corrupt and partially synced music, video, and other media files and remove unwanted apps and photos and outdated Notes and Calendar events. If you have a jailbroken device, it can even shrink your apps by removing unnecessary files.

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Tip of the Day: Suspending or removing Apple Pay via iCloud

Apple takes security pretty seriously, particularly when it comes to Apple Pay, and authentication features like Touch ID and Wrist Detection help to ensure that only you can use your device to make payments. However, if you’ve misplaced your iPhone or Apple Watch, you may not be entirely confident in relying solely on these features to protect your credit cards or bank accounts, so Apple provides several ways to remove your Apple Pay information from these devices even when they’re not in your hands.






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