Daily Deals: $250 off MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, $50 off Powerbeats3, and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple seeds fourth betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Apple today seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2 to members of the Apple Developer Program. iOS 10.3 beta 4 (build number 14E5260b), macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 4 (build number 16E175b) and watchOS 3.2 are now all available as over-the-air downloads through the Software Update mechanism on devices with an appropriate configuration profile. We’ll update the article if we find new features or important under-the-hood changes in the new betas. Read More

 

Apple-SAP partnership to bring first enterprise app in March

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

The very first enterprise app born out of Apple’s partnership with German business software solutions maker SAP will arrive by the end of March, or about a full year after the Apple-SAP deal was announced. SAP said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this morning that the official Cloud Platform software development kit for iOS will hit March 30 to help developers write business apps based on SAP’s Cloud Platform and Swift, Apple’s modern programming language. Read More

 

10.5″ iPad Pro may sport 2,224×1,668 screen with same density as 9.7″ iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Rhoda Alexander, IHS Markit’s director in charge of tablets and PCs, shared some interesting observations with Forbes over the weekend regarding Apple’s rumored new bezel-less iPad Pro model which, according to other analysts, would house a display measuring 10.5 inches inside a body the same size as 9.7-inch iPads.

According to Rhoda, the new iPad Pro model should have a 2,224-by-1,668 display with the same pixel density as 9.7-inch iPads. For context, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a 2,732-by-2,048 Retina display at 264 pixels per inch and its 9.7-inch counterpart has a 2,048-by-1,536 screen, also at 264 pixels per inch. Read More

 

Oppo unveils periscope-style camera lens system with 5x lossless zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo today announced a brand new camera system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Developed in collaboration with an Israeli startup named Corephotonics, it’s based on a periscope-style lens design which makes possible 5x lossless zoom, earning it a rather unexciting but apt 5x Dual Camera Zoom moniker.

What’s more, Oppo’s new technology kills the need for an unsightly camera bump at the back. The company did not say when the new camera technology can be expected to debut on its smartphones. Read More

 

Warren Buffett’s stake in Apple now twice as large, reaches more than $18 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway’s position in Apple is now more than twice as large as previously disclosed at $18.2 billion, investment tycoon Warren Buffett told CNBC in an interview on Monday. At the end of last year, Berkshire Hathaway owned 61 million Apple shares, worth $7 billion at the time.

Buffet’s annual letter to shareholders, which included a regulatory disclosure of its long positions, has revealed that his conglomerate had purchased about 120 million shares of Apple in 2017. Read More

 

Apple TV 4 jailbreak for tvOS 10.0-10.1 complete, release imminent

By Joaquim Barbosa on Feb 27, 2017

As previously reported here on iDB, rumours of a jailbreak for the oft-neglected Apple TV 4 have been circulating since soon after the disclosure of Ian Beer’s Project Zero exploits, and especially since those exploits were used by Luca Todesco to fashion the Yalu jailbreak for iOS 10.0-10.2.

It was discovered soon after Yalu was released that many of the exploits used were also present on tvOS, and Apple TV developer nitoTV commented that consequently the jailbreak could be ported, with modifications, to that platform. Read More

 

Watch new drone footage of Apple Park construction progress

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Drone pilot and YouTuber Matthew Roberts today published a new 4K drone footage of Apple’s upcoming 175-acre campus, officially named Apple Park, which will open doors to employees in April. Recorded using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, the crisp 4K footage provides a breathtaking birds-eye tour of Apple’s particle accelerator—that is, mega headquarters. Watch the video and let us know what you think of the progress being made at the site. Read More

 

Samsung launches new tablets ahead of MWC, teases March 29 Galaxy S8 introduction

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Mobile World Congress 2017 is underway in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 through March 2, but Samsung won’t be taking the opportunity to launch its latest flagship smartphone at the event. Instead, as confirmed today, Samsung will be holding its media event on March 29.

Unpacked 2017 is widely expected to serve as a launchpad for Galaxy S8, the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone which already leaked via a pair of hands-on videos.

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the South Korean company also announced two new tablets—Galaxy Tab S3 and Samsung Galaxy Book—and said that Galaxy devices will gain a new level of audio experiences with the integration of audio technology from AKG by HARMAN. As you know, Samsung and Harman a few months ago entered into a definitive merger agreement, valued at $8 billion. Read More

 

Google Maps gains 3D Touch place previews

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Last week, I whined about Google dragging its feet when it comes to implementing support for important iOS features, like 3D Touch, in apps such as Gmail. Other iPhone and iPad apps from Google have been more aggressive in adopting 3D Touch features, including Maps. In the latest update, Google Maps was bumped to version 4.28 and now allows users who have an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to press places on the map to get quicker access to popular actions. Read More

 
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