How to get notifications on Apple Watch when specific accounts post pictures to Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2015

Instagram’s Apple Watch app is pretty nicely done. From your wrist, you can quickly glance at the latest snaps from the accounts you follow, check out recent comments, see likes, view profiles, like photos, send quick emoji replies and more.

Instagram for Apple Watch also lets you receive rich notifications when your favorite accounts post to the service. This useful feature ensures you won’t miss a thing when, say, iDownloadBlog posts new photos to Instagram.

Here’s how to set up Instagram for Apple Watch to receive these rich notifications on your wrist about specific Instagrammers you follow. Read More

 

IllLookLater: prevent iPhone screen wake when receiving notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Do you find that many of your incoming notifications don’t warrant the awakening of the Lock screen on your iPhone? Perhaps you think that waking up your iPhone every time you receive a notification is a waste of precious battery.

If you feel that way, then you may want to look into IllLookLater, a recent jailbreak tweak that’s available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo free of charge. IllLookLater makes it so that you can limit the amount of apps that wake the Lock screen when receiving a notification. In other words, it lets you pick and choose the apps that you deem worthy. Read More

 

Color Convos: assign colors to Messages app conversations

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Color Convos is a jailbreak tweak that serves as a Messages app addon. It lets you quickly assign different colors to the outgoing message bubbles in a Messages app conversation.

Why is this useful? The developer presents an interesting use case scenario. He suggests that Color Convos will make it easier to discern who you are sending a message to, ensuring that you are sending messages to the correct contact, lending peace of mind.

Does Color Convos work as expected? Have a look at our walkthrough to find out. Read More

 

How to advance the time on your Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

It’s a little strange to me, but some people prefer setting their watches a few minutes ahead in order to provide themselves with a mental buffer when it comes to the time. I’ve never totally understood this, but the basic psychology behind such a thing is that it makes it so that you’re always “ahead” from a timing standpoint.

One would think that such an ability would not be easily doable on Apple Watch, since the time is set automatically, but that isn’t the case. Apple has included a handy feature in the Apple Watch settings just for the folks that like to run a few minutes ahead. Read More

 

LongScreen now supports combining Apple Watch screenshots

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

One of my favorite screenshot managing apps on iOS, LongScreen, has been updated to support Apple Watch screenshots. This means that you can now combine multiple Apple Watch screenshots into a single screenshot, all on your iPhone.

The app, which is well-known for its ability to combine iPhone screenshots with padding and a cleaned up status bar, is now on version 1.3.

You can purchase LongScreen from the App Store for only $2.99, a price that’s totally worth it when you consider the time that you can save from using it. Read More

 

How to view and manage notifications on your Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

There’s nothing more liberating than being able to take action on an incoming notification directly from your watch. Once you’ve configured your Apple Watch notifications, it’s time to reap the rewards and actually view those notifications.

There are two basic ways to view notifications on Apple Watch—immediately as they arrive, or later via Notification Center. In this concise Apple Watch guide, we’ll show you how to do both. We’ll also show you how to manage those same notifications after they arrive on your wrist. Read More

 

How to manage and customize watch faces on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

The watch face is what you will see the majority of the time while using your Apple Watch. After all, regardless of all of the cool things that it can do with apps, glances, and the like, it’s still a digital watch in its most basic form.

That said, the Apple Watch is one of the deepest watches that you can by from a feature standpoint. Even when it comes to something as simple as a watch face, things veer from the shallow.

In a previous post, we showed you how to change your Apple Watch face. In this post, we’ll discuss more basics and teach you how to manage and customize watch faces. Read More

 

New Apple wallpapers: they work together beautifully

By Jim Gresham on May 24, 2015

This past week, Apple released a new store front image highlighting the Apple Watch and its ability to work harmoniously with the existing ecosystem. With an established set of avid Wallpapers of the Week readers, I received several messages on Twitter @jim_gresham, asking if I was able to grab the walls.

I was sent the original extraction by our buddy Jason Zigrino, but the image was too small to utilize for a photo quality wallpaper. As luck would have it, another designer you are familiar with was able to make a few modifications and give you a photo quality download.  Read More

 

How to AirPlay music from your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2015

We recently discussed transferring songs from an iPhone to your Apple Watch to enjoy music from your wrist when your phone is out of Bluetooth range or unavailable.

When you actually stored the music on your Apple Watch, you’ll need Bluetooth headphones because the wearable gizmo doesn’t support playing songs through its built-in speaker.

Thankfully, Apple has implemented AirPlay in Watch OS so you can easily send audio to another device. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: ADKeys, Alternatum, and more

By Sébastien Page on May 24, 2015

According to the rumors, iOS 9 will be a heavy blow to the jailbreak community, but as Jeff cleverly noted, there’s no such thing as impossible. With that said, we’re hoping the grim rumor won’t discourage smart developers from coming up with new tweaks.

Speaking of new tweaks, this week was pretty slow, but it saw the release of a few interesting ideas. Read More

 

App Watch: game on

By Timothy Reavis on May 24, 2015

Although I’m not a hardcore gamer, I do my fair share of gaming, largely on my Mac or PC, but iOS has demanded my attention as a gaming platform as well. Console gaming doesn’t greatly interest me, however, due to the cost of games and limitation of genres. But I don’t mind investing into a gaming PC that I can also use for work, school, and countless other things, and my iPad Air 2 is also great for playing the more graphically intense titles on iOS.

More recently, gaming moved beyond iPads and iPhones to alight on users’ wrists with Apple Watch, which is our primary focus in this article. Although the games are very basic, as they should be, many are designed to burn a few minutes while in line or other places where pulling out an iPhone isn’t entirely convenient, while others are built exclusively for Apple Watch. Read More

 

Alternatum brings an app switcher and toggles to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Alternatum is yet another jailbreak tweak that piggybacks on the Reachability feature introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It allows you to add a host of new features to the Reachability view such as an app switcher, toggles and more.

Unfortunately, I don’t currently own any jailbroken devices that feature Reachability, but Alternatum does bring the ability to use a simple Activator gesture to mimic Reachability. Does it work well?

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ADKeys: assign an image as your keyboard background color

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

ADKeys, which stands for adaptable keys, is a tweak that lets you change up the background and key cap color of the keyboard in iOS. By doing so, you can match up your keyboard color with other areas or your iPhone, such as your current wallpaper or theme.

If you can manage to handle the tweak’s frustrating preferences, then you may be able to obtain the look you’re going for. Have a glance at our walkthrough for a bit more detail. Read More

 

This week’s top stories

By Sébastien Page on May 24, 2015

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

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Apple Maps gains data from NavAds, Yellow Pages and other partners

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Apple on Friday updated the Acknowledgements page for its mapping software, adding a handful of new data partners. The page gives credit to TomTom, Yelp and other companies that provide Apple Maps with imagery and information.

Among the new partnerships added this week are E-WEGO, a business listing firm, navigational ad expert NavAds, and Yellow Pages. TripAdvisor and Booking.com are also now listed as official partners, following a report earlier this year. Read More

 

Photos and video of Apple Watch Edition being unboxed

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Units of the staggeringly-expensive Apple Watch Edition began shipping this week, and some customers have already started receiving their orders. Yesterday, a user over in this MacRumors forum thread posted a series of photos showing his new golden wearable.

The photos are of a 42mm Yellow Gold Edition with black Sports band. The box looks similar to that of the Stainless Steel Apple Watch, but is dark blue (almost purple) in color and includes a matching cleaning cloth. Check out the images below to see more differences. Read More

 

Pac-Man receives big update, goes on sale for 35th anniversary

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

It may be hard to believe, but Pac-Man is celebrating its 35th birthday this weekend. The popular pellet-gobbling arcade game made its debut 35 years ago on May 22, 1980 (it launched first in Japan, and then Midway brought it to the US in October).

Unsurprisingly, Bandai Namco is going above and beyond to honor the anniversary. It’s hosting a party in Chicago with the creator of Pac-Man Professor Toru Iwatani tonight, and it’s pushed out an update and discount for the iOS port of the game. Read More

 

25 amazing apps and games are currently on sale for $0.99

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Apple this week launched a new promotion in the App Store called ‘Amazing Apps & Games for $0.99.’ The curated section highlights 12 great apps and 13 popular games, which normally run between $2 and $6, that are currently on sale for less than a buck.

Among the offerings are the endless snowboarder Alto’s Revenge, and premium creative apps like Procreate Pocket and Enlight. Many of these have already been mentioned in our App Recap, but we thought the deals were worth compiling into a single post. Read More

 

Marvis Music Player redesigns your music experience on iOS

By Lory Gil on May 23, 2015

Around here, we love music players. It’s especially nice when they have a smooth look and plenty of added features. If you are going to use something other than Apple’s stock Music app, there had better be a reason for it.

Marvis Music Player has a nice design and plenty of unique user interface features that are customizable so listening to music is more than just a good-looking playback experience. Read More

 

AmFilm Premium HD Clear Screen Protector keeps your iPhone 6 scratch-free

By Lory Gil on May 23, 2015

While tempered glass screen protectors are definitely becoming a big trend, nothing beats the super inexpensiveness of traditional film protectors. As technology improves, the price decreases exponentially.

TechMatte’s AmFilm screen protector for iPhone 6 protects your screen from scratches and dust with crystal-clear clarity so you see everything the way you are supposed to. Read More

 
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