AnyDrop 3: share any file via AirDrop on iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2014

Developer Majd Alfhaily is back with a new iOS 8-ready version of AnyDrop, the jailbreak app that allows you to share any file via the built-in AirDrop feature on iOS 8. Entitled AnyDrop 3, this latest version of the app supports both iOS 7 and iOS 8 out of the box. If you’re interested in unleashing AirDrop, making it compatible with native file system files and even Music app tracks, then AnyDrop 3 is a jailbreak app that’s worth investigating. Read More

 

iDB holiday gift guide: Sébastien’s picks

By Sébastien Page on Dec 20, 2014

My least favorite thing about Christmas is finding gifts for others. I’m usually completely uncreative when it comes to gift ideas, which is why those gift guides are helpful to me. During the last few days, my colleagues at iDB have shared their gift ideas, and today is my turn. Of course, this is really tech oriented, because you know, we’re tech heads. There is something for every budget, from big spenders to affordable stocking stuffers, I hope you’ll find something to your liking here. Read More

 

Apps of the Week: Duet Display, Shift, Emoji Type, and more

By Lory Gil on Dec 20, 2014

It’s the weekend before Christmas and I’m still not finished with my handmade gifts. Around this time each year, I begin to realize I set my goals too high. I just run out of time before I run out of crafts. Luckily, I have a backup plan that involves last minute gifts in the form of apps.

If you can’t think of the perfect gift for that friend who has everything, an app or game may be just right. Whether you are looking for last minute gift ideas or just want to fill your iPhone with new stuff, we’ve got a list of apps and games for you to check out this weekend. Read More

 

iDB holiday gift guide: Lory’s picks

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

It’s that time of year again for the writers at iDB to tell you all what to do with your money this holiday season. We all have different tastes, but we share a love of gadgets, especially Apple ones. This is the third year for our gift guide. Hopefully, we’ve given our readers some inspiration for the perfect gift for that special someone. Below is my list of great holiday gifts that I think fans of gadgets and gizmos will find worth checking out. My list is made up of gift ideas for fans of music, gaming, and mobile accessories in general.

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Apple spent $56 billion on stock buybacks this year

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Apple was the biggest buyback spender among the S&P 500 this year, according to MarketWatch. Citing data from FactSet, the outlet reports the iPhone-maker has bought back more than $56 billion worth of shares from stockholders in 2014.

That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that the company that came in second place among buyback spenders in 2014, IBM, only spent $19.2 billion. Apple spent almost that much ($18.6 billion) during its first quarter this year. Read More

 

Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games discounted in Square Enix holiday sale

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Joining Halfbrick and others, Square Enix has launched a holiday promotional sale for all of its iOS games. So for a limited time, you can pickup some of the studio’s biggest titles for iPhone and iPad at a significant discount.

The Square Enix library contains a number of popular console ports, including Final Fantasy 1-6, and Final Fantasy Tactics, as well as multiple Chaos Rings and Dragon Quest games. We’ve listed all of the discounted titles below. Read More

 

Apple Pay now 1.7% of mobile payments market, most popular at Whole Foods

By Jake Smith on Dec 19, 2014

Apple Pay now accounts for 1.7 percent of the mobile payments market after its launch on October 20, still lagging behind Google Wallet’s 4 percent share of the market, according to ITG research picked up by MarketWatch. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains read receipts, fresh holiday content and a huge speed boost

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly introduced blue-ticked read confirmations in its mobile iPhone app a month and a half ago and now the social networking behemoth has refreshed its backend to bring read receipts to Messenger for iOS and Android.

And with Christmas around the corner, the company is helping us celebrate the upcoming festivities by adding holiday-themed content to Messenger like fresh sticker packs, a new festive frame and more.

As if that wasn’t enough, Facebook’s engineers have done a lot of work under the hood to make the app more fluid and responsive than ever before. Read More

 

Facebook launches Stickered, a Messenger companion app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

There’s a brand new app from Facebook in town and it’s hitting iOS real soon. Having launched on Android today, Stickered is a companion app for Messenger which allows you to add some fun stickers to a photo before sending it to a friend on Messenger.

The first companion app for Messenger, the lightweight Stickered app should make it easy and fun to pick a photo and then resize and slap a sticker on top. Read More

 

T-Mobile agrees to pay $90 million to settle with FTC over unwanted charges

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

Following a complaint that the United States Federal Trade Commission filed over T-Mobile this summer over fraudulent services, the Deutsche Telekom-owned wireless carrier today announced it has agreed to pay $90 million to settle cramming accusation. Carrier cramming, a form of fraud popular among major US carriers, results in small charges being added to a bill by a third party without the subscriber’s consent or disclosure.

Such unlawful charges typically cover unwanted text message alerts and other services like unauthorized SMS subscriptions for horoscopes, sports scores, ring tones and similar services that cost ten bucks per month or more. Read More

 

Apps get pricier in Russia over collapsing ruble

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

Apple is increasing App Store prices in Russia over the plummeting ruble, the basic monetary unit of the 145 million people country and some other former republics of the USSR, reports 9to5Mac.

So after halting online sales due to the fluctuating currency, now Apple’s virtual store is feeling the repercussions of Russia’s troubled economy.

Russian ruble, and consequentially the country’s economy as a whole, have stagnated for months now due to the falling price of oil and economic sanctions imposed by EU and USA over President Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Read More

 

Top Farm, a FarmVille-like game from Fruit Ninja creators, now available globally

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

As Fruit Ninja and the rest of Halfbrick’s lineup of paid iOS games has gone free for a limited time, the company on Friday released a brand new iPhone and iPad game in the App Store. Top Farm, a would-be FarmVille killer, actually soft-launched in select markets a year ago and it’s now available worldwide.

A free-to-play download, Top Farm is a farm simulation game created by Brazil-based studio Vostu in which you must harvest crops, craft goods and explore new colorful and vibrant lands. Read More

 

Good deal: 47% off this 6-ft MFi convertible charging cable

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Would you be interested in a 6-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad? Or how about a Lightning cable that converts into a Micro-USB cable so it can work with both iOS and Android devices? If you answered yes to either of these questions, I’ve got a great deal to share with you.

For the next few days, StackSocial is offering a significant discount on its 6-foot long USB-to-device cable, which features a USB plug on one end and duel connectors on the other. One is a Micro USB plug, and the other is a Lightning plug, and their quick cap setup makes it easy to switch between them Read More

 

Nest Notification Center widget Thermos gets a warm update

By Sébastien Page on Dec 19, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I told you about Thermos, a widget for Notification Center on Mac that lets you adjust the temperature of your Nest thermostat. At the time, I was quite impressed with the widget, despite the fact that I felt it was a bit limited and contained a minor bug. This is now a thing of the past as Thermos was just updated with new features, and a fix for the pesky bug. Read More

 

Apple Maps 3D coverage continues with new cities in France, Hungary, Netherlands and Sweden

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

After introducing nine new markets to its three-dimensional Flyover view in its in-house mapping service earlier this month, Apple has now brought 3D aerial imagery along with virtual city tours to three new locations across Europe.

Specifically, customers who live in the city of Strasbourg, Dijon or Millau in France, Hungary’s Budapest, Sweden’s Malmö or in the city of Rotterdam located in the Netherlands are now able to enjoy a highly-detailed 3D representation of their city or take a City Tour. Read More

 

Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by BBC’s allegations of factory worker mistreatment

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

An undercover documentary released yesterday by the BBC about working conditions in Pegatron’s iPhone factories has reportedly sent CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Apple’s executive team through the roof, The Telegraph reported Friday.

BBC’s investigative report makes fresh allegations about continued poor working conditions at the iPhone manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Shanghai. The documentary’s found poor treatment of workers after Apple’s stated several times that it’s cleaned up its act.

The full video of the BBC documentary surfaced on YouTube this morning though it’s probably going to get taken down soon so we’ve embedded it for your viewing pleasure. Read More

 

Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut review

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

Fans of tactical military turn-based strategy games can step into a future where humans merge with technology to become superhuman. Sprinkle a little magic into the equation and you’ve got a tactical game for every walk of life.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut is such a game and features a dystopian future where tech and magic collide, creating the kinds of criminal element you would never wish to encounter in real life. We’ve got a full game review of Shadowrun: Dragonfall for you right now. Read More

 

bit Dungeon II is a classic roguelike inspired by Zelda

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

No one ever said that crawling through dungeons was easy. But the payoff makes it worth the effort. In roguelike games, permadeath is what makes the work so hard. What’s the point of looting all of those treasure chests if you’re just going to lose them when you die anyway?

Adventure, that’s the point. bit Dungeon II has it in spades. Head out into the ethereal world where spirits and demons collide in epic and dangerous battles. Explore dark dungeons and fight major bosses in this traditional roguelike game. Read More

 

iPhone version of Procreate now available in the App Store

By Lory Gil on Dec 19, 2014

Procreate is arguably one of the most advanced artist apps in the App Store. With it, users can create incredibly detailed digital paintings using a vast array of tools and brushes, huge canvas sizes, and unlimited color options. The app has only been available for the iPad since its launch in 2011.

Procreate Pocket, which just launched in the App Store this week, is the iPhone version of its larger, more advanced counterpart. Now, you can create artwork on the go and easily transfer it to your iPad to add the finishing touches. Read More

 

Watch ABC Apple TV app updated with full-length episodes one week after air

By Jake Smith on Dec 18, 2014

ABC announced on Thursday its Watch ABC app on the Apple TV has been updated with full-length episodes after they air, along with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video, and a continuous play mode. Read More

 
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