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Unc0ver jailbreak updated to v6.0.2 with more bug fixes for iOS 14 users

The unc0ver jailbreak only just picked up support for iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.3 this past weekend, and while it was met with unprecedented hype from those who’ve been waiting for a public iOS & iPadOS 14-centric jailbreak for all devices, anyone could have guessed that the tool would soon receive subsequent updates with bug and stability fixes.

Unc0ver received its first update after adding support for iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.3 Monday evening with a number of improvements, but as many veteran unc0ver jailbreakers would come to expect, it wouldn’t be the final update. The unc0ver jailbreak tool received an update once again on Wednesday, this time to version 6.0.2 with additional changes.

Pwn20wnd announced the release of unc0ver v6.0.2 via Twitter only a few minutes ago:

The official change log for this release isn’t particularly detailed, noting only “Additional fixes for stability and reliability problems on iOS 14.” With that in mind, it’s not clear what kinds of changes exist in this update or what they attempt to fix.

When dealing with a jailbreak, it’s always a good idea to run the latest version that you can to ensure the highest level of stability and performance. With that in mind, we recommend this unc0ver v6.0.2 update to everyone already using the unc0ver jailbreak and to anyone who is thinking about jailbreaking with unc0ver for the first time.

If you’re already using the unc0ver jailbreak, then you can download and deploy the newer unc0ver v6.0.2 over your existing jailbreak to append the latest changes. Those who haven’t used unc0ver yet can follow the steps outlined in our step-by-step tutorial to jailbreak their iOS or iPadOS 11.0-14.3 device in only a matter of minutes.

As always, the latest version of the unc0ver jailbreak tool can be had from the official unc0ver.dev website. We don’t recommend downloading unc0ver from any other source besides unc0ver.dev for your own safety and security. Not all third parties are reputable, and downloading jailbreaks from untrusted sources is a good way to end up with unwanted malware.

Also Read: Jailbreaking with unc0ver — F.A.Q.

Have you downloaded and installed the latest version of the unc0ver jailbreak yet? Let us know how it went for you in the comments section down below.

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Autofocus and sensor-shift stabilization may be coming to the next iPhone’s ultra-wide camera

Apple may be looking to implement sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) technology on the ultra-wide camera across all four upcoming iPhone 13 models, according to a new report.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The ultra-wide lens is getting upgraded.
  • Closer wide-angle shots should be crisper.
  • Also, better low-light ultra-wide photographs.

An Apple webpage capture promoting the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera features.

Autofocus for closer wide-angle shots

Accurate and consistent autofocus when shooting video or taking photos is an important feature of the iPhone camera. On the iPhone 12 models, autofocus is supported on the wide and telephoto lenses, but not on the fixed-focus ultra-wide camera.

For the next iPhone, Apple will reportedly bring autofocus to the ultra-wide lens.

Sensor-shift OIS to remove blurriness

DigiTimes previously said that sensor-shift OIS would expand to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. A new DigiTimes report claims the feature will specifically come to the ultra-wide lens.

Apple will reportedly upgrade ultra-wide-angle lenses of rear cameras for new iPhone models to be launched in the second half of 2021 by adopting sensor-shift optical image stabilization and automatic focus.

As opposed to regular optical image stabilization that moves the entire lens assembly in all directions to stabilize the image, its sensor-shift counterpart moves just the image sensor along one axis to counter motion in the opposite axis.

A screenshot of the iPhone 12 Pro Max webpage on Apple's website listing the camera features.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is currently the only Apple smartphone which uses sensor-shift OIS (on the wide-angle lens only). Here’s how the company describes this feature:

We engineered a stabilizing solution that moves just the sensor, keeping it even steadier than before. That’s sensor-shift OIS, and it’s a game-changer. Until now, sensor‑shift stabilization was only on DSLR cameras. This is the first time it’s been adapted for iPhone. Whether you’re shooting video of your kids as you chase them around the park or holding your iPhone out the window on a bumpy road, you’ll get more precise stabilization than ever.

Aside from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all of the other iPhone 12 models (and the entire iPhone 11 family) uses regular OIS for photo and video, but only when using wide or telephoto lenses.

Will these camera improvements matter?

The jury is still out on whether expanding autofocus and sensor-shift OIS to the iPhone’s wide-angle camera will result in even steadier, clearer photographs. On the flip side, it’s certain that reducing shakiness and improving autofocus will make your night shots and cityscapes captured with the ultra-wide iPhone 13 camera sharper.

As for autofocus, a crucial feature for snapping up crisp closeups, it may not matter a lot when using the ultra-wide lens because most of the scene is far enough away to remain in focus. However, closer wide-angle shots are certainly going to benefit from autofocus.

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 13 family without any delays, during its usual September timeframe, in the same four sizes as the iPhone 12 models.

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Best Buy launches a new health and safety service with Lively app and Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a powerful tool. It goes well beyond just telling the time or keeping tabs on apps. It is packed with health features, like fall detection, the ability to take an ECG, and much more. And now Best Buy is using that tool for its own health-related effort.

A new partnership with Apple and the Lively service, Best Buy Health is launching an effort for elderly individuals for emergency and non-emergency services. The big box retailer is even offering a pretty solid discount on Apple’s newest smartwatches, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE.

Best Buy announced the new initiative today, along with a breakdown for how it will work. It relies on the Lively app, along with an Apple Watch. With the smartwatch and the app, those participating in the service can get help from “highly trained Lively Urgent Response Agents”, all to get help in certain situations. Those agents can help with emergency situations, and can even call for help. That includes just having car troubles.

From the announcement today:

By offering these powerful safety features on Apple Watch, we’re creating a new way to achieve a greater sense of connection and independence for older adults, and added peace of mind for both them and their families,” said David Inns, Best Buy Health’s president of active aging. “It’s the perfect next step in furthering Best Buy Health’s mission to enrich and save lives through technology and meaningful connections.

There is a new feature coming soon, too, called Live Agent Assist. With this feature, if the Apple Watch detects a hard fall, a Lively Agent will call the person to make sure they are okay. If necessary, that same agent can contact family members to let them know what’s going on. Best Buy Health says it worked with Apple directly in regards to this feature.

Best Buy is offering $200 off an Apple Watch Series 6, and $150 off the Apple Watch SE for folks who sign the Preferred Health & Safety contract. They’ll also need to sign up and get a Lively Health & Safety plan. Once signed up, those folks can get the following features, plus more:

  • Urgent Response, which provides a connection to highly trained Agents who can help in emergencies, big or small, 24/7.  Get help fast by simply adding the Urgent Response button to Apple Watch face.
  • Urgent Care, which allows the user to speak to a registered nurse or board-certified doctor from the comfort of home or on the go, without an appointment, 24/7. No insurance plan or co-pay is needed.
  • GreatCall Link app for friends and family, which keeps them informed about their loved one’s health and safety. They will be alerted on their smartphone if their loved one contacts Urgent Response and can even get updates on their location, device’s battery life and daily activity.

That Preferred Health & Safety plan is $30. It’s a two-year package.

Best Buy Health aims to enrich and save lives through technology and meaningful connections. Its strategy focuses on three main areas: consumer health products that help customers live healthier lives, device-based emergency response services for the active aging population, and virtual care offerings that help to connect patients and physicians.

It seems like a solid enough option, if folks want to rely on Best Buy Health in this regard.

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macOS Big Sur 11.3 brings an important battery message along with a new Game Center option

The macOS Big Sur 11.3 update brings several new features to the table, including a warning for when your Mac’s battery needs service along with a new Game Center setting.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A message when the battery is failing.
  • A toggle for friend connections on Game Center.
  • Also, Rosetta is getting removed in select nations.

A WWDC slide summing up the key Mac features in macOS Big Sur

Enhanced privacy on Game Center

As detailed by iOS developer Steve Moser on Twitter, the macOS Big Sur 11.3 update provides a new toggle through System Preferences → Internet Accounts → Game Center → Details for those times when you’d like to allow Game Center connections with friends.

But what does it precisely do?

From the feature’s description:

Turning off Connect with Friends prevents apps from asking if they can connect you with your Game Center friends and will stop sharing your friends list with previously allowed apps.

There’s also a new warning for malfunctioning batteries.

A message regarding a faulty battery

macOS Big Sur 11.0 introduced a new Battery section within System Preferences complete with usage history charts, scheduling options and helpful features to reduce battery aging. It looks like macOS Big Sur 11.3 will enhance these battery health features with a proactive warning or message for when there might be a problem with the built-in battery.

Concretely, the code strings include a reference to a message, saying “The battery isn’t functioning normally and requires service. Please check your service options”. This could be a possible new battery status or a related notification message. Either way, it looks like your Mac will proactively notify you as soon as your battery starts falling.

macOS 11.3 is coming soon

Other new features in macOS 11.3 include the removal of Rosetta emulation in certain regions (potentially due to legal reasons), the ability to map gaming controller buttons to your keyboard and mouse, richer snoozing options for Calendar notifications and more.

macOS Big Sur 11.3 is currently in developer testing. Apple has not said when the update might release for everyone, but it shouldn’t be too long—we’re expecting it to drop later this month.

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Spotify is beta testing ‘Go to Song Radio’ for a custom playlist feature in CarPlay

Spotify has long had the ability to keep playing music when a queue or playlist ends. Something that Apple added to Apple Music in iOS 14. And now the music streaming service is bringing the feature to CarPlay. Eventually.

As first reported by The 8-Bit, Spotify is currently beta testing a feature called “Go to Song Radio”. With this, folks using Spotify with Apple CarPlay will be able to tap a single button and essentially launch a long playlist of music. This new playlist will generate the new music choices based on that initial song, and Spotify’s algorithms will work in the background to build a similar playlist.

Spotify users should be used to this, as it’s been a built-in feature for the streaming service for quite some time. It’s now making the leap to CarPlay, albeit in a beta test. As it stands right now, Spotify’s TestFlight beta is currently full, so they can’t accept any new beta testers right now.

Only current beta testers can try out the feature. So if that is you, you should see the new radio button next to the Repeat option in CarPlay. Yo can see it circled in the image just above. Selecting that button will launch the radio feature, building an extended playlist around the currently playing track.

Per the original report:

Until now, CarPlay did not support this feature within the Spotify app. However, Spotify is currently testing adding the “Go to song Radio” button to the Now Playing screen on Spotify’s CarPlay app as a part of its beta testing program that is accessible via TestFlight.

As mentioned above, AutoPlay in Apple Music works similarly. And it works with CarPlay, too. However, that does launch a radio station that builds a queue from similar music. Not a playlist. This feature for Spotify will generate a long playlist, which users can actually open again at a later point.

At the time of publication, there’s no word when this feature might see the light of day for the public Spotify users. Hopefully it’s soon.

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Office Space and The Waterboy $5, The Adjustment Bureau $7, John Wick: Chapter 3 $10, and other iTunes movie deals

Apple has updated its iTunes Store with new deals on movies for the week. Among the discounts are 4K films like John Wick: Chapter 3 and The Revenant for under $10, and 90’s hits like Office Space and The Waterboy for just $5. Check out our full roundup below.

Featured movie deals

  • The Adjustment Bureau $7
  • The Birdcage $5
  • Captain Marvel $10
  • Love and Monsters $10

Breathtaking 4K films under $10

  • John Wick: Chapter 3
  • The Revenant
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Jurassic World
  • Baby Driver
  • Sicario
  • Dunkirk
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Passengers
  • San Andreas
  • Dredd
  • Hostiles
  • Hell or High Water
  • Terminator: Dark Fate
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge

Nostalgic 90’s films $5

  • Armageddon
  • Office Space
  • The Waterboy
  • The Sandlot
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Fight Club
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Speed

Iconic women of history under $10

  • My Week With Marilyn
  • The Queen
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Cleopatra
  • Harriet
  • Big Eyes
  • Frida
  • Julie & Julia

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WhatsApp is testing self-destructing photos

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is taking another page from Snapchat and other apps with a new privacy feature in testing that lets you set a self-destruct timer for image attachments.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Self-destructing images can be viewed once.
  • These photos cannot be saved to the device.
  • Screenshot detection is missing.
  • WhatsApp could choose to kill the feature.

An illustration with a WhatsApp logo in white set against a green background

It works as advertised

According to WABeta Info, this feature works just as you’d expect.

When sending an image within a chat, you can set an optional self-destruct timer. Doing so will prompt the app to delete the image right after it has been viewed on the recipient’s device. This should stop most people from attempting to save vanishing images to their device.

WhatsApp is currently testing this with some users on the iPhone. There’s no word on when it could launch for everyone. WhatsApp could choose to nix the feature if the test disappoints.

There doesn’t seem to be a global setting to enable self-destructing images for all chats, someting that the Telegram app recently implemented. Although no screenshot-detection feature has been implemented yet, it sounds like WhatsApp is working on it. That one would alert the sender if the recipient has attempted to screenshot a self-destructing photo.

Vanishing images provide limited privacy

Many messaging and social apps offer vanishing media, an important feature at a time when these apps are invading our privacy. That being said, however, sounds like WhatsApp fans will soon gain the option to send private images that can be viewed only once.

This may not be enough to stop people from capturing a screen recording. It definitely won’t be enough to prevent bad actors from using a secondary device with a camera to capture any self-destructing images displayed in WhatsApp on their primary device.

The feature may be crucial for Facebook’s plans to consolidate messaging services spread across its various apps into a single, iMessage-like service.

Recently, an Instagram prompt offered to merge Facebook Messenger chats with Instagram Direct. Doing so makes not only chats but other Messenger features available on Instagram Direct, like colorful chat bubbles, additional emoji reactions, swipe to reply and more.

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Netflix launches ‘Fast Laughs’ for iOS featuring clips from the steamer’s comedy catalog

Netflix’s library of content is vast. The streamer certainly has no shortage of comedy titles, either. That includes films and series and stand-up specials. And in an effort to help surface that content, Netflix has a new feature built into the mobile app.

Today, Netflix officially announced what it calls “Fast Laughs”. It’s a mobile-only feature, and, at the time of the announcement, only available on iOS. But Netflix says it’s working on support for Android devices, too. It’s only available in “select countries” for now, but availability should expand in the near future.

What is Fast Laughs? It’s a new way to see clips from Netflix comedy content. That includes stand-up content from comedians like Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. There are also clips from shows like Big Mouth and The Crew. Fast Laughs will also show clips from films like Murder Mystery. As you can guess, these are all Netflix originals.

Netflix has a Fast Laughs tab in the mobile version of the app. Selecting that will bring up a full-screen feed of content from the aforementioned shows and films, plus more. And it’s an endless feed, it seems. Once one clip ends another will automatically start playing.

And Fast Laughs will make it easy to add content to your queue as well, and share the clips to social media platforms:

And what if you see a scene from a classic that is long overdue for a rewatch? Or catch something new that deserves a closer look? Fast Laughs lets you add series, films and stand-up specials to your list, or start viewing them immediately. You can also share the clips individually on Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter – so your friends can get in on the fun too.

Netflix notes in its announcement that not all clips are family-friendly or appropriate for all audiences.

Fast Laughs should be available now in the iOS app.

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Twelve South introduces the HoverBar Duo adjustable iPad stand

Twelve South, a company that has made a name for itself building awesome accessories for Apple products, has a new option for iPad owners. A new stand that’s meant to free up your hands so you can get more work done.

Introducing the HoverBar Duo. It’s a brand new adjustable stand built for Apple’s range of iPad models. The multi-position feature of the HoverBar Duo makes the accessory quite handy, letting owners choose where they want the iPad positioned for the work they’re doing. Need to make sure the tablet is eye-level for a videoconferencing call? The stand can handle that.

Bu the HoverBar Duo goes beyond just being a regular stand. While it does feature a weighted desktop stand so the iPad won’t fall over while being used on a desk, it also includes a shelf clamp. That clamp means you can actually secure the stand to something like a cupboard in the kitchen and have the iPad hover above your countertop. Perfect for when you’re watching a cooking show and are trying to follow along with the instructions.

Per Twelve South’s website:

HoverBar Duo is an adjustable iPad stand that frees your hands so you can do more – and create more – with iPad. Watch a cooking show or record your own crafting videos. Lift your iPad to eye-level for Zoom calls or give grandma a virtual seat at the party. If you can do it with iPad, you can probably do it better with a height adjustable, multi-position HoverBar Duo holding your iPad for you. HoverBar Duo includes a weighted desktop stand as well as a desk clamp to suit most iPad setups. Level up your iPad game with HoverBar Duo.

And here’s the HoverBar Duo in action, thanks to the marketing video the company shared today:

There’s even a recession in the weighted desktop stand for the Apple Pencil. This means you can place the stylus right on the stand itself and it won’t roll away. Making it easily accessible for regular usage.

The new HoverBar Duo adjustable iPad stand fits every generation of the iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro. What’s more, it also works with every generation of Apple’s iPhone, too.

The HoverBar Duo is available now from Twelve South’s website. It’s priced at $79.99.

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Apple TV+ shows off the audio and minimal abstract visuals from the upcoming series ‘Calls’ before March 19 debut

Some series stand out for various reasons. Calls, a new show coming to Apple TV+ in the near future, may find its own niche — and may be another show that gets people talking about Apple’s video streaming service.

Calls is based on a show of the same name from France. And the setup is pretty wild. Each episode is only 12 minutes in length, and they are all based on phone conversations. Each story is told with “minimal abstract visuals”, as well as the audio from the calls. Apple bills it as a “groundbreaking immersive television experience”, which relies on the audio and abstract visuals to tell the story.

The series has brought on some talented actors for the voices, too. Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Nick Jonas (Jumanji), Lily Collins (Stuck in LoveEmily in Paris), and others are all set to star in the short episodes. The pitch is an interesting one, to be sure, but seeing it in action is something else. Even in brief with this official trailer, which you can watch below.

And here’s the official synopsis from Apple today:

Based on the buzzy French series of the same name, Calls is a groundbreaking immersive television experience that masterfully uses only audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell bone-chilling snackable stories. Launching in a binge model worldwide, all nine 12-minute episodes are told through a series of phone calls that use sharp writing, compelling voice talent and graphics to aid in transcribing the darkly dramatic conversations onto the screen. These relatable scenarios transport the audience into familiar situations that quickly become surreal with thrilling and frightening moments. Featuring Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, Mark Duplass & more, Calls proves that the real terror lies in one’s interpretation of what they cannot see on the screen and the unsettling places one’s imagination can take them.

Calls is set to start streaming on Apple TV+ beginning Friday, March 19, 2021. Do you plan on checking it out?