PwnTunes for iOS 9: manually manage music via Windows on a jailbroken device

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

PwnTunes is a jailbreak tweak that’s been around since the every early days of jailbreaking. If memory serves me correctly, I think it’s been available since the iOS 3 days, which seems like an eternity now that we’re only 7 months or so away from iOS 10.

The basic premise behind PwnTunes is that it affords Windows users drag and drop access to import and export music without iTunes. The tweak is able to accomplish this feat by turning an iPhone into a mass storage device that’s accessible via Windows Explorer. Read More


How to hide revines from users you follow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

If you use Vine, sooner than later your feed will become polluted with reposts (revines, in Vine talk) from those you follow on the service. Besides, it’s really annoying having to scroll through a hundred or more revines from a user before getting to one of their own clips.

Thankfully, reducing information overload on Vine isn’t as hard as it sounds as the app lets you block revines from a person and show only their original posts.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to hide revines from anyone you follow on the service with just a few taps. This should help make your Vine experience a little more focused and less cluttered. Read More


Black Friday deal for movie lovers: four blockbuster Mac apps for the price of one

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States! And what better way to celebrate this holiday than a not-to-be-missed deal that offers some substantial value for your hard earned cash.

You’ve probably heard of a Mac developer called Softorino, no? They’re behind Waltr, a super fast Mac app that makes converting any video into an iOS-friendly file format a simple drag-and-drop affair.

As it happens, Softorino has teamed up with other developers from different parts of the world to bundle four powerful Mac applications at 73 percent off for just $24.95.

All four apps in Blockbuster Kit were created specifically with movie buffs in mind and are well-known to Mac fans: Global Delight’s Boom 2, Ben Lenarts and Eelco Lempsink’s Beamer 3, Eltima’s Elmedia Player Pro and Softorino’s own Waltr. These apps regularly retail for a total of $90 so you’re looking at some substantial savings here. Read More


Lara Croft GO gets its first expansion

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Square Enix’s Lara Croft GO for iOS has received its first expansion pack following the game’s August 2015 debut in the App Store. Titled “The Shard of Life” and available at no charge to those who have purchased the game, the update packs in more than two-dozen additional levels and a bunch of new monsters to defeat, costumes to unlock and gemstones and artifacts to discover. Read More


Apple patents technology that would allow iPhones to detect touches while wearing gloves

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

Did you know that your iPhone’s multi-touch display cannot detect touches while you’re wearing gloves? That’s because the iPhone uses capacitive touchscreen technology that takes human body capacitance as input and gloves block your fingers from touching the screen directly.

A new patent application Apple filed for with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in the summer of 2014 was published this morning.

Titled “Glove Touch Detection”, it seeks to fix this problem via dynamically adjusted threshold values, which would permit the touchscreen to register touch events while the user is wearing regular gloves. Read More


Black Friday roundup: deals on Apple Watch, Bluetooth speakers and more

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Black Friday is upon us again, and that means that for the next few days, hundreds of retailers will be offering significant discounts on a wide variety of electronics and other items in an effort to coerce customers into their stores on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

But trying to keep up with who is offering what can prove to be a fairly overwhelming task, so iDB has decided to simplify things with a Black Friday deal roundup. Below you’ll find the best deals from top retailers on, Apple Watch, Bluetooth speakers, and much, much more. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for iPad

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Looking to pick up a new iPad this holiday season? iDB has you covered. We’ve rounded up all of the top promotions going on this Black Friday weekend regarding the popular tablet, so you don’t have to spend hours digging through the sales ads.

Unsurprisingly, we haven’t seen any deals related to the just-released iPad Pro, but all other iPad models are being significantly discounted. The Air 2 can be found for as much as $150 off, the mini 4 is $100 off, and older models are on sale as well. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for Mac

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

A lot of people associate Black Friday deals with frivolous, impulsive shopping, but did you know you can score great deals on larger, significant buys during the promotional event as well? Take the Mac, for example, which is being discounted by as much as $300 this weekend.

We’ve rounded up some of the best offers we could find on various MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models. There’s something for everyone in this list, whether you’re a student in search of a budget notebook, or a professional looking for your next workhorse. Read More


The best Black Friday deals for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2015

Those looking to pick up a new iPhone for themselves or as a gift this holiday season should pay attention to this weekend’s Black Friday sales. Both new and older models of Apple’s popular handset are being significantly discounted by several retailers.

We’ve sifted through stacks of advertisements, and picked out our favorite iPhone deals from retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Note that most of these offers require a contract or agreement of some sort with a carrier, and are in-store only. Read More


Surf securely with VyprVPN Pro: one-year VPN subscription

By iDB Deals on Nov 26, 2015

In today’s hacker-heavy world, protecting yourself online can be a full-time job. But with private network services like VyprVPN Pro, you can guard your online activity and identity easily. For a limited time, iDB readers can take an additional 15% off this deal (as well as all VPNs on sale) with coupon code: VPN15. That brings a 87% savings to your VyprVPN Pro: 1-Yr VPN subscription price. Read More


The best iPhone 6s charging docks

By Lory Gil on Nov 26, 2015

We’ve been working hard all year to track down popular and usefull accessories for your iPhone 6s (we started on the iPhone 6). The reason we provide these spotlight posts is to give you a better breadth of knowledge of the types of accessories that are out there for you to choose from.

Today, we’ve got an accessory roundup of what we think are some of the best charging docks for your iPhone 6s from the products we’ve spotlighted over the past year. If you don’t see your charging dock of choice on our list, please feel free to let us know in the comments. Read More


Review: Spigen Ultra Hybrid Tech case for iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2015

I’ve been using the Spigen Ultra Hybrid Tech case for my iPhone 6s since the device launched. As many of you know, I’ve never been big on cases, but the dings and dents suffered on my previous generation iPhone 6 Plus convinced me that I needed to reconsider the case-less strategy.

I decided that I would try a case, but it had to be one that wasn’t overly bulky or gaudy. Thankfully, the choice was fairly easy, because the folks over at Spigen sent us a package with no less than 20 cases and accessories.

I’ve already covered some of their products in previous posts, but today I’d like to talk to you about the Ultra Hybrid Tech case for Apple’s latest flagship phone. Is it any good? Read More


Preview: Infuse for Apple TV + developer interview

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

As an Apple TV believer since its inception, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never jailbroken my device even though the lack of downloadable media player apps that would let me play “foreign” video file types has been driving me nuts.

When the latest Apple TV launched, I immediately got in touch with James Abeler, better known as prominent jailbreak developer FireCore, who happens to be the brains behind the ultimate Apple TV jailbreak, aTV Flash Black, and the creator of a versatile iOS media player, called Infuse.

As someone who has been pretty much cheerleading Infuse since its April 2013 debut, I was extremely impatient to find out if an Apple TV edition of Infuse would be on par with its iOS counterpart.

James was kind enough to add me as a beta tester so I was able to play with Infuse for Apple TV for about a week, and here’s what I was able to gather. Read More


How to save Vine videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Who knew 6-second-long looping video clips would turn out to be so much fun? If you’re into short-form entertainment, there’s probably no better place to get your daily fix of user-posted clips, some of which are quite interesting—I’ve seen whole how-tos compressed into six seconds—than Vine.

The problem is, both Vine the website and mobile app prohibit you from saving your favorite clips to your computer or mobile device. Thankfully, there are apps for that, too.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to save Vine videos to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac using a nifty little utility and a free of charge web app. Read More


Gorgeous platformer Leo’s Fortune hits the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Leo’s Fortune, a gorgeous action platformer with beautiful artwork that debuted on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in April of 2014, is now available on the Mac.

A $6.99 download from the Mac App Store, this premium title is free of advertisements and In-App Purchases. Leo’s Fortune has won numerous awards and is one of the best platform games available on any platform.

Our own Lory Gill called it arguably the most gorgeous iOS platformer she has played in a while, writing in her review that fans of platform games should pick up Leo’s Fortune in a heartbeat. Read More


Bobine charging dock roundup: a charger for any occasion

By iDB Deals on Nov 25, 2015

The Apple ecosystem is brimming with accessories, but finding true quality at a great price is still a challenge. We here at iDB know you’ve got a lot on your plate going into the holidays, so we’ve done the homework for you and put together a collection of the three great iPhone charging dock offers a deal-hunter can find. From the car to the nightstand and beyond, these deals will have you covered at fantastic prices.
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Apple releases ‘Someday at Christmas’ ad with Stevie Wonder and Andra Day

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Apple today posted a nicely done television commercial featuring blind musician Stevie Wonder and soul, R&B, jazz and blues singer Andra Day. The holiday-themed ad cleverly promotes the Mac and VoiceOver and Accessibility features. Read More


Pixelmator for Mac goes half price, iOS version discounted to $1.99

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Pixelmator for OS X, the Mac edition of the powerful image editing application which debuted on iOS in October 2014, has gone half price in the Mac App Store today. In addition, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad edition of the software has been discounted to just $1.99 in the App Store.

Selling regularly for $29.99, Pixelmator for Mac can now be downloaded for just $14.99, a steal given the app’s rich set of powerful image editing features, tools, brushes and more. Read More


Apple buys motion capture firm Faceshift

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Apple has acquired a Zürich, Germany-based startup FaceShift which provides a proprietary technology for real-time motion capture that was used in the latest Star Wars film and in production of a number of high-profile video games. Apple has officially confirmed the deal in a prepared statement to TechCrunch.

Speculation is rife as to how Apple might be taking advantage of such a sophisticated motion capture technology in its own products, including potentially using it to power real-time avatars for FaceTime video chats. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 135: Bro Widgets

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2015

Episode 135: A look at some of the best WinterBoard jailbreak themes available for iOS 9. iPhone rebooting problems follow-up, our tweak wish list for an iPad Pro jailbreak, and a discussion about several new jailbreak tweaks, including AppBox 9, App Drawer, and more.

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