Daily Deals: wireless HD camera $75, Apple Watch charger $19, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 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

 

Galaxy S8’s assistant to be called Bixby, offer camera-based visual search & text recognition

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Galaxy S8 is widely expected to include a new Siri-like personal assistant, called Bixby, which may let users search for objects identified in a photograph and recognize text on images. These features should be integrated directly into Samsung’s standard Camera app via a dedicated Bixby button, SamMobile learned Thursday.

Aside from these rumored visual search features, Bixby is thought to let the user control all stock apps and conduct payments, similar to Apple’s Siri, and more. Read More

 

Apple posts Sketch and Photoshop design assets for iOS 10 development

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Apple today shared new user interface resources aimed at iOS 10 development. They come in the form of ready-made design templates for Photoshop and Sketch and include a variety of other helpful assets for quickly designing iOS apps.

Apple says these resources accurately depict the full range of UIKit controls which are available in iOS 10, as well as views and glyphs to help speed up the process of constructing and designing user interfaces in iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Angry Birds Space

By Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Angry Birds Space. This means that for the next 7 days you can pick up the popular title for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving yourself $4.

If you’ve ever played an Angry Birds game, this one shouldn’t need much explanation. It’s the same general idea, except with Space you’ll enjoy 300+ interstellar levels, new characters, gravity trick shots, and much more. Read More

 

Google bogged down with shipping Pixels, demand at Best Buy not a tenth of that for iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Since launching its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in early-October 2016, Google’s learned that real artists ship—the firm’s done a poor job at shipping its latest and greatest phones which received glowing reviews due to their excellent cameras, built-in Google Assistant and other nice features. The company may have grossly underestimated demand for the larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL models.

One visit to its online store is enough to realize Google is struggling to meet consumer demand for its iPhone 7 rival. Regardless of the color option, both 32GB and 128GB models of Pixel XL are currently out of stock at the Google online store, said The Verge.

Pixels are only offered in 32 and 128 gigabytes and the 128GB one hasn’t been in stock since November 30. Separately, AppleInsider learned from a source at Best Buy, which only sells 32GB Pixel models, that demand for Pixel isn’t a tenth of that for iPhone 7. Read More

 

Hulu for iOS gains user profiles for multiple-user accounts, offline viewing in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Hulu for iOS was updated on App Store with personalized profiles for multiple-user accounts following the introduction of single-user profiles in December 2016.

Personalized profiles for multiple users who share a single Hulu account are now available on the web at Hulu.com and in the mobile Hulu app for iOS and other platforms, TechCrunch reported yesterday.

The oft-requested offline viewing feature will arrive “in a few months” as the company is working hard on the technology as well as on securing content rights, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins told Adweek. Read More

 

5 years later, Apple officially ends iPod nano replacement program

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

The first-generation iPod nano replacement program, which launched five years ago due to a potential fire risk from overheating, is no longer found on Apple’s Exchange and Repair Extension Programs webpage. Although the company appears to have now formally ended the program, it’s still honoring replacement requests as first discovered by MacRumors. Read More

 

Amazon and Apple end Audible exclusivity deal to avoid antitrust probe by German government

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Quietly announced two weeks ago following discussions with both the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, Apple and Amazon have decided to end their deal which made Amazon-owned Audible an exclusive provider of audiobooks for iTunes.

According to a Reuters report Thursday, the move puts an end to antitrust complaints by the German government and is likely to boost competition.

The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003. Read More

 

Lite-On Semi rumored to supply fast wireless charging components for iPhone 8

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

According to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report cited by trade publication DigiTimes, Apple signed a component contract with supplier Lite-On Semi which should provide several parts that the iPhone maker needs in order to realize fast wireless charging on iPhone 8.

The Taiwan-based supplier has been tasked with building GPP bridge rectifiers that help reduce thermal issue and increase efficiency of wireless power transmission. Read More

 

New iPads may not arrive until latter half of 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

A trio of new iPads that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted for this year may not launch until the second half of 2017, according to supply chain reports cited by trade publication DigiTimes. The new 9.7, 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPads won’t launch before summer because they’re still in the planning stage.

The refreshed 9.7-inch model is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter while volume production of the other two models should kick off in the second quarter of this year. For what it’s worth, DigiTimes said in December 2016 that lower-than-expected yield rates for TSMC’s 10-nanometer process technology could disrupt planned March 2017 debut of new iPads. Read More

 

How to view and delete your Google search history

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2017

Whenever you make a Google search query while being logged in to any service from the company, your search is saved to your Google account’s activity. This is designed to help improve your search experience by increasing the amount of relevant things you’ll see.

For the most part, this depends on how you use your Google account, and if you’re more of an iOS user, then you might not tap into these features as much as, say, an Android user would.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to view and delete your Google search query history, a step you can take to increase your privacy by preventing others from seeing what you’ve searched for. Read More

 

Malwarebytes reports first case of Mac malware for 2017, points out antiquated tactics

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2017

Security software development firm Malwarebytes has just exposed what could be the first known case of Mac malware for the year of 2017.

It appears to be a highly antiquated piece of malware. In other words, it’s not super advanced and it’s using methods to infect machines that are so well-known that only a small number of unsuspecting users would even fall victim to it. Read More

 

Nintendo announces new ‘Fire Emblem’ game coming to iOS February 2

By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2017

Nintendo on Wednesday announced that its next game released for mobile will be a new entry from the popular Fire Emblem franchise. It’s called Fire Emblem Heroes, and it is slated to launch on iOS and Android on February 2.

Like other FE titles, Heroes is a tactical roleplaying game with upgradeable characters from the series. In this all-new storyline, players are tasked with summoning warriors to fight in epic battles between two warring kingdoms. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Pioneer CarPlay receiver $275, iTunes movies $5, and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 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 smartphonestablets 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

 

How to add music to your iPhone without iTunes using WALTR

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Transferring music files to your iOS hardware is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for novice users, but I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that. Because third-party apps are not permitted to save songs to the music library on your device, the process officially sanctioned by Apple requires syncing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the bloated mess that is desktop iTunes.

Thankfully, specialized apps such as Softorino’s excellent WALTR 2 (free trial available – or $39.95) let you simply drag and drop media files on WALTR’s drop zone and rest assured they’ll be transcoded into iOS-friendly formats and saved into appropriate apps. In this brief tutorial, we’ll lay out the process of adding music to iPhone without iTunes, using the WALTR app. Read More

 

Apple Pencil 2 rumored to feature iPad-attaching magnetic system & pocket clip

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple will refresh its tablet lineup this year, adding a new model with a screen measuring between ten and 10.5 inches diagonally. A new rumor published Wednesday by Dutch blog Letem svetem Applem alleges that Apple Pencil 2 is due soon. Read More

 

Apple updates GarageBand and Logic Pro X with pro-level features, including Touch Bar support

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Apple today updated its GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps with new features designed to support music makers “from enthusiasts to pros.” GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now provides the creative synthesizer Alchemy and has a new browser for easier searching through instruments and patches.

Logic Pro X 10.3 has been refreshed with a modern interface and now includes features for pro audio production and support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro. Read More

 

Apple stock hits 14-month high, its highest price since 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

We didn’t want to let this milestone pass by without acknowledging it: shares of Apple have hit the $119.95 mark in intraday trading, the highest stock price for the Cupertino firm since late 2015 and good for a cool $639.7 billion market cap. $AAPL hit a 52-week low of $89.47 in May 2016. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 support QZSS, Japanese GPS-like positioning system

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Apple has refreshed technical specifications for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on its Japanese website to reflect that the latest handsets support Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), a Japanese GPS-like satellite positioning service nicknamed “Michibiki,” as first reported by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

 

Delta emulator for iOS beta 2 released

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 18, 2017

Riley Testut’s new project Delta, the retro game console emulator, continued its early phase testing yesterday, with the release of a second build for those on its closed beta testing program. According to Testut, healthy feedback from the testers resulted in a slew of bugs and improvement suggestions reported from the first beta, and this second iteration consequently comes with a handy list of fixes and additions. Read More

 
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