Twitter rolls out Periscope update that lets you mute users, Handoff streams to Mac

Twitter rolls out Periscope update that lets you mute users, Handoff streams to Mac

Twitter has rolled out a big update to live-streaming platform Periscope that finally allows you to mute users to avoid notifications for all of the accounts you follow. The update also allows you to send Periscope streams to your Mac using Handoff in OS X Yosemite.

ControlPane: Jailbreak Tweak gives you quick access to iOS settings

ControlPane: Jailbreak Tweak gives you quick access to iOS settings

There are tweaks on Cydia such as CCControls and CCToggles which add additional toggles to Control Center, providing a quick access to some of your iOS Settings. ControlPane is a brand new jailbreak tweak that goes a little further by allowing you to view all of these toggles along with a few additional settings from a convenient and easy to access view.

Apple Pay now supported by HSBC and First Direct in the U.K.

Apple Pay now supported by HSBC and First Direct in the U.K.

HSBC and First Direct have today rolled out Apple Pay support in the U.K., two weeks after the service made its debut in Great Britain. Customers can add their cards to the Passbook app on their iPhone now to take advantage of wireless payments in more than 250,000 retail stores.

New Apple Watch ads focus on fitness, travel and music

New Apple Watch ads focus on fitness, travel and music

Apple this week rolled out three new ads for Apple Watch, focusing on fitness, travel, and music. The 16-second clips, which end with the tagline “Apps at a tap,” showcase the growing catalog of titles built for Apple Watch, ahead of the introduction of native apps this fall.

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to developers

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to developers

Apple has just released the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan. The beta comes just six days after Apple had released the fourth beta of the OS, which was followed by a public beta release.

Poll: How often do you use Apple Pay?

Poll: How often do you use Apple Pay?

Earlier this month Apple launched Apple Pay in the United Kingdom and also expanded its program in the US to include 35 new banks, credit unions and financial institutions. With the expansion of Apple Pay internationally and its increasing presence domestically in the US, we want to whether you have adopted Apple Pay and, if so, how often do you use the mobile payment service. Do you use it every day? Every week? Or not at all?

Daily App Deals: Grab these limited-time discounts on Hatchi, FX Photo Studio and more (July 27)

Daily App Deals: Grab these limited-time discounts on Hatchi, FX Photo Studio and more (July 27)

We have some great apps for you today that are discounted for a short duration in the App Store, including Hatchi – A retro virtual pet, FX Photo Studio and others. Some deals may expire quickly — even on the same day of this post. If there is a discounted app that you like, grab it while it is still on sale.

Apple exclusively debuts Keith Richards’ latest solo single ‘Trouble’

Apple exclusively debuts Keith Richards’ latest solo single ‘Trouble’

Apple today continued its string of exclusive Apple Music content with the debut of Keith Richards’ latest single, “Trouble.” The music video is available now only through Apple Music Connect, the company’s musician-focused social network, and can be viewed on Keith Richards’ profile page.

Pandora expands Sponsored Listening program that rewards users for clicking on ads

Pandora expands Sponsored Listening program that rewards users for clicking on ads

Pandora today announced the expansion of its Sponsored Listening program to all advertisers. Introduced in September 2014 as a beta pilot service, the program rewards users with uninterrupted listening for engaging with a brand advertisement.

Apple’s Activation Lock security has variable impact on iPhone thefts

Apple’s Activation Lock security has variable impact on iPhone thefts

Apple introduced Activation Lock as a theft-deterrent measure that would render an iPhone unusable if it were lost or stolen. The technology was included in iOS 7 in order to comply with governmental and law enforcement regulations that aimed to curb the trobling rise in smartphone thefts. Officials believed the smartphone theft rate would plummet if thieves knew they would not be able to resell a stolen phone. Though early reports lauded the success of activation lock in driving down theft rates, a new report by the WSJ paints a less rosy picture of this kill switch technology.