Thursday, June 19, 2014

Install iOS 8 without being a developer


Apple released iOS 8 just a couple of weeks ago and everyone has been going berserk about getting their hands on its beta which has only been made available by Apple for registered developers. But there is a solution to every problem and here we are with the solution to this little issue.

Note: iOS 8 requires iPhone 4S and above. Please do not try this if you do not have a compatible device. For the list of compatible devices, click here.

Step 1: Connect your device to iTunes and back it up so that in case of any emergency you don't have to lose your data.

Step 2: Download and do a fresh Install (or Restore) of iOS 7.1.1 on your iDevice. You can download the respective IPSW for your iDevice here. You can do that by clicking on Restore button holding Shift (for Windows users) or Alt (for Macintosh Users) and pointing to the IPSW file and then select Set up as new device.

Step 3: Now you need to download iOS 8 Beta IPSW for your respected device. Here are the links to iOS 8 Beta 1 IPSW file.

Step 4: Connect your iDevice to your PC and go to iTunes. Again click on Restore button holding Shift (for Windows users) or Alt (for Macintosh Users) and point to the iOS 8 Beta IPSW file you downloaded in the last step.

Et Voila. Your iDevice is now running on iOS 8 Beta.


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Friday, June 6, 2014


Everyone watches videos on the internet everyday and some of them are worth saving like a funny video on YouTube or a course video on one of those online course websites. Downloading YouTube videos is nothing new and is quite simple as well (Click Here to find out how). But downloading videos from Facebook or sites like Coursera is a messy task in itself. But as we all know, there is always a simple solution to every problem. Lets see a really simple way of downloading videos from any and every website.

Step 1: You need to download and install Mozilla Firefox from their website if you don't already have it.

Step 2: After installing Firefox, open it. In the Settings menu on the right top corner of the screen, click on Add-Ons.


Step 3: In Add-Ons window, search for Video DownloadHelper or download helper. Then, select the top most option of 'Video DownloadHelper' from the search results.


Step 4: Click on Install right next to it and let Firefox download and install it.


After it is done downloading, it will give options of Restart Now and Undo. Click on Restart Now to complete the installation process.


Et Voila. The installation procedure is completed. Now, if you want to download a video, go to it and let the streaming process get started. As soon as the streaming process gets started, Video DownloadHelper will become active and provide you with all the possible download options.



Now, you can click on the quality you want to download and the video will start downloading.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

iOS 8 is here: Apple's Legacy


Apple has been at the top of the smartphone food-chain when it comes to profits and is one of the biggest manufacturers of smartphones and tablets for quite some time now. And it looks like they are going to do anything to preserve that and gain more.

Today, during WWDC 2014 Keynote address Apple has unveiled the latest and greatest in their iOS lineup - iOS 8 using developers to give power to the people and it would be conservative to say that they got cheers.Lets have a look at the good stuff.

Notification Center


Apple has catered to, what may be the number one, request of users to be able to respond to notifications like messages directly at the notification center without being required to open the application. They have named this Interactive Notifications.


Users can also respond to Meeting requests or like things on FaceBook with the help of 'Actionable Notifications'.

Multitasking Screen


Guys over at Apple have added an ability of showing people you have recently conversed with or even favorites right on the Multitasking Screen and get in touch with them without being specifically required to open the Phone or Messages app and starting the process.


Quick Type


Apple has added a new feature called QuickType to the iOS 8 Keyboard which is basically a predictive text feature that we have seen a ton of times on Android and Windows Phone already.


But Apple has added an extra layer of personal customization to this feature by making it pre-fill words like 'dinner' or 'movie' in reply texts which had these originally in the received text.


Messages App


Apple has done some great improvements to the messaging app by inducing new features such as Naming a thread and setting a single specific thread to Do Not Disturb. Group Messaging feature along with Tap to Talk and Location Sharing have been added to the iMessages section. 

Also, there is an amazing new security feature resembling the Self-Destruct button of villain ships - the attachments that you receive will self-destruct (Automatically deleted) within 2 minutes of opening the message unless you choose to save it if you activate this feature. Its kinda neat and answers privacy concerns of many individuals.

HealthKit


As expected by many, Apple has announced the release of its Health App based on its brand new HealthKit framework. According to Apple, the problem with health related apps and hardware has never the absence of data but its misinterpretation and thus giving it context by tapping into the clinics around the world is a nice way to integrate the experience into one.

Family Sharing


Family Sharing has been announced as well. This nifty little feature allows families of upto 6 people share photos, books,  movies and more seamlessly. Also, all these 6 accounts can use same credit card and all the media and application content purchased with this credit card will be available on all the 6 devices without any additional charge. Also, while buying with this credit card, the buyer member of the family will need permission from others members as well.

iCloud


Apple has launched a new iCloud Drive for iOS and Mac users bringing iCloud a dropbox-like feature of Simple File storage. One very important thing to note here is that it has a simple folder based storage system which first for any iOS related service. iCloud drive will be supported on Windows based Laptops and Desktops too.

Mail App


Apple has added a very unexpected although a bit borrowed feature to the Mail App. Mail Drop feature lets you mail any file or set of files upto 5 GB using the Mail App. The receiver doesn't directly get the file but a link to download it. It is like sharing big files using Google Drive but with a difference that you don't need iCloud Drive directly to use this feature.

Secondly, Apple has added the ability to minimize mails on iPads.

Photos App


Apple has certainly a slot of their time with the Photos app as well making it look more like an amalgamation of iPhoto App and iOS 7 Photos App. It brings the light (exposure) related editing features along with the new interface as it can be seen in the image above.

Apple has also added a much more granular display of what settings Photos app is changing during the Editing session of an image.


Extensibility


This is one of the two biggest announcements of today. Basically, this feature lets the app communicate with each other through the creation of "Live app sandboxes" adding better security then implementations of the same feature on other operating systems. In simpler language, this gives developers chance to interact with other apps which was missing on any iOS before and inject their own UI into other apps without actually injecting themselves into it but even bigger whoop is that it allows for creation of widgets that live in Notification Center. Yes, you read it right - Widgets are here on iOS.


Ready for another cheer? This also means some increase in customization options in iOS because of increase in the app to app functionalities. Example -  Users can now install custom keyboard and replace the System keyboard. Yes, again I want to say you have not read it wrong. Federighi showcased with the help of the most popular custom keyboard, Swype.


Touch ID API


Apple has made the Touch ID API availbale to developers without sharing the Fingerprint Data - a tabulated smart move by the industry experts.

HomeKit


This is a brand new framework Apple has introduced with iOS 8 which lets you build tools to integrate with all the smart devices throughout the house using a paired iPhone.

Swift - The new programming language


Apple saved the biggest announcement of the day for the end and we took the cue as well. Everyone knows that Apple allows application development for all its operating system in only one language - Objective-C. They have changed for the first time in 20 years by introducing a new language Swift that, although is based on the same LLVM compiler, has better dynamic characteristics to it. iOS developers have already started going ape over this.


You can know more about the language here.

Apple also announced new Scene Kit for 3D rendering in casual games and new Metal framework for advanced graphic computing.

It is quite clear that Apple has been quite busy at work with the iOS 8 and have got rid some of the most prolonged complaints of iOS users. How well these have been implemented in real time is yet to be seen. iOS 8 Beta is already available for developers but will be available for general masses in the fall along with the launch of iPhone 6.

The devices supported by iOS 8 are as follows.


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