You may remember a little while back a hacked carrier update for T-Mobile US iPhone owners landed, boosting 3G/4G speeds. Over the past few days, the developer behind the hacked carrier update has released another, this time for AT&T subscribers. The instructions on how to install the settings are published in full over at iTweakiOS and not only work on the iPhone 5, but should also work on the iPad mini and iPad 3/4 too.
Although we can’t verify whether or not this hack is successful, having not tried it ourselves. We’d love to hear from you guys to learn your experiences.
Source: Linear Burn.
eBay’s iPhone app has today received a UI overall, bringing a completely new look to the app.
Version 3.0.0 brings a new interface, which is now much simpler to use, however there are some tweaks to the apps core features too. The app has an improved bidding feature to make bidding near the end of auctions more effective There are also larger photo views, and a feature which enables users to checkout multiple items, however this feature is only available in the UK and the US.
There’s a new feature which allows you to enlarge the photos of a search result (iOS 6 required), which should also make searching a lot easier, this will come into effect in the next couple of weeks.
Perhaps the coolest feature in this update is the ability to create an eBay account simply by scanning your Drivers License with your iPhone’s camera.
There are also some bug fixes and minor tweaks. The app is available universally on iOS (5.0 or later) now! App Store
Apple has released a new firmware update for the mid 2012 MacBook Air today that helps to address problems with the device recovering from a crash. Apple release notes said the update addresses “a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause a system to fail to recover from crash.”
The MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 is available to download on Apple’s websitehere and should be hitting Software Update soon. The 1.69 MB update is available for mid 2012 MacBook Airs running OS X 10.7.5 or OS X 10.8.3.
Apple’s voice interaction system Siri has been updated, this time specifically to ask users to keep it short. Siri’s system doesn’t deal well with longer user queries, so if you happen to ask something that’s just too long for Siri to deal with, she’ll interrupt you, giving you a quote from a famous person, and then asking you to rephrase the question, shorter or in fewer words. Siri herself doesn’t have the authority to change your speech patterns, apparently, so she’s recruited legendary wordsmiths like William Strunk and Thomas Jefferson to make her point more clearly.
Ironically, the quotes used aren’t very short at all, which makes the whole process go even longer. But at least Siri is telling you the problem with what you tried to ask her, rather than just using a generic, “Sorry, Mike, I didn’t get that.” If a user is sending a query that’s just too long, this is definitely a clearer way of asking for a correction.
Microsoft has updated Office for Mac 2011, fixing some bugs, adding some features, and adding compatibility with the Office 365 subscription service.
The latest Office for Mac 2011 version 14.3.4 includes a variety of feature additions that brings the application suite somewhat up to spec with its Windows counterpart, and includes bug fixes for compatibility issues that hindered interoperability between PC and Mac versions of Word, Outlook and other titles.
In what could be the most important update, Microsoft added the ability for existing Office for Mac 2011 users to integrate with Office 365, the subscription service that gives users access to the latest and greatest software updates, SkyDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint access for Word.
Fixes included in the new version:
- Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
- After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac
- Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac
- SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated
- Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac
- Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac
- XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac
- Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac
- Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
- File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac
- Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac
- Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac
- Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac
Tuesdays update will allow Office 2011 users to sign up for Microsoft Office 365 if they’d like. A subscription to the Home Premium edition runs $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month. The subscription allows the use of Office on up to five computers.
The update is available through Auto Update or Microsoft’s website.
Popular music streaming service Songza for iOS updated to version 3.0 today featuring significant performance improvements and a few new features.
Users can now shake their device while on Songza’s concierge page, which allows you to make a playlist based on your activities like studying or working out. Pretty cool.
What’s New in Version 3.0
Welcome to Songza 3.0, reimagined to help make the things you do every day better!
- Doing something special? From the Concierge screen on iPhone or iPod Touch, shake your device and tell Songza exactly what you’re up to; Songza will then find the right music to make it better. For example, you could enter ‘Entertaining’ and Songza will find you music to soundtrack the perfect party.
- Enjoying your favorite artists is now better than ever. When you search for an artist, you’ll see every expert-curated playlist on Songza that features them. Any playlist you choose will begin with a song by that artist.
- Get faster performance and less buffering, even when you have so-so internet connection. We’ve also fixed the most common crashes and bugs.
- When you’re in a rush, a long press on any Concierge situation (e.g. Driving) immediately starts playing the playlist Songza thinks you’ll love most at that moment. Starting your Songza playlist can now be as fast as turning on your car radio.
- Songza’s HQ Audio feature, powered by Audyssey, significantly improves your headphone sound quality without increasing your data plan usage. With Songza 3.0’s improved HQ Audio, 200 headphone models are now available and it’s now easier to select your headphones whenever you add a new pair.
- A new full-screen Concierge experience takes advantage of the iPhone 5 screen and removes visual clutter, while a simplified navigation focuses on the most powerful and user-friendly additional features.
- To make music discovery easier, in-app tips on iPhone or iPod Touch help you move from playlists you’re getting tired of to new playlists that will make you feel fresh all over again.
- We’ve made navigation simpler by removing unnecessary things and unburying cool features like browsing playlists by mood, genre, decade or activity.
Songza 3 is available for free in the App Store.
Apple has just released a new software update for the iPhone 5 that includes an updated speakerphone profile. That’s really it as far as public updates but Apple often updates some stuff behind the scenes including some bug fixes and security updates. The 11.5MB update (kinda big for just a profile, no?) is for iPhone 5 only and can be downloaded directly at the following links: