Google Maps and Earth gain high-resolution imagery from Landsat 8 satellite

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Google is upgrading the quality of aerial imagery for the satellite view that’s available in Google Maps and Google Earth services. According to a blog post yesterday, both mapping services now offer crisp high-definition satellite imagery of Earth without clouds captured by Landsat 8, an Earth observation satellite launched on February 11, 2013 in a collaboration between NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Read More

 

New Chinese regulations would have Apple track App Store users and developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

After ordering an iPhone 6 sales ban over alleged copyright infringement and shuttering the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies, Chinese regulators are now applying increased pressure on foreign technology companies doing business in the world’s most populous market of 1.35 billion people.

According to Bloomberg, firms like Apple that operate app stores in the country will be forced to track the identities of users and developers in case they violate the country’s stringent censorship laws. Read More

 

Amazon debuts new Page Flip feature for Kindle apps and devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday announced a new Page Flip feature for its Kindle lineup of e-readers and mobile apps. Page Flip lets you flip back and forth between pages to reference different parts of the book while you read, without losing track of your current reading position. With Page Flip, you can turn one page at a time or zoom out to a bird’s eye view of your book to quickly choose the page you want. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: prioritizing App Store downloads with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

In addition to using 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to cancel or pause in-progress app downloads, iOS 10 lets you prioritize a single App Store download at the expense of the other ones with 3D Touch. Reddit user “nite_” stumbled upon this feature while restoring his iPhone running a beta of iOS 10 from an iCloud backup, allowing him to prioritize the bulk download of apps with 3D Touch. Read More

 

New invention paves the way for iPhones that’d optimize UI for left-handed users

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

The Apple Watch is designed for both left and right-handed use via a switch that prompts it to optimize the watchOS user interface for left-handed users. A similar feature could be headed to future iPhones as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a few days ago awarded the firm a patent for “Electronic Devices with Hand Detection Circuitry” that might let a future iPhone detect how it’s being held and tweak the Home screen and other aspects of the iOS user interface for left-handed users. Read More

 

Apple to reveal June quarter numbers on July 26

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Apple will talk sales, revenue, profitability, the cost of doing business and other financial metrics pertaining to its third fiscal quarter, which translates into the second calendar quarter of this year, on July 26, according to an announcement posted on the Apple Investor webpage.

A conference call in which the company will discuss the latest quarterly results with investors and Wall Street analysts is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern. Read More

 

Korea’s watchdog is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive practices

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Reuters reports that Apple is currently under fire in South Korea as the country’s antitrust regulator launches an investigation into “some matters”, without disclosing further details. Jeong Jae-chan, the head of the anti-competition body, said during a parliamentary hearing Tuesday that the agency was taking a closer look at Apple’s business practices in the country.

According to local media, the agency was reviewing details of Apple’s contracts with South Korean wireless carriers earlier this month. Read More

 

Take a virtual reality leap with this $19 VR Box Headset

By iDB Deals on Jun 28, 2016

All our lives we’ve heard far-fetched promises of a future where our games, TV and movie experiences are fully immersive in a virtual reality platform. And now, the sci-fi daydream is a surprisingly affordable reality with The Virtual Reality Box Headset, available for a limited time at just $18.99.

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Let’s Talk iOS 141: Living on a beta

By Sébastien Page on Jun 28, 2016

Cody has finally installed the iOS 10 and watchOS 3 betas. The duo discusses the good, the bad, and the terrible about the latest betas after a few day of usage.

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How to use parental controls on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 28, 2016

Parental controls allow you to have more control over your child’s access to your Mac, and they’re an invaluable tool to make sure that they’re only doing what they’re supposed to be doing instead of everything they shouldn’t.

Because many parents allow their children to use their Macs, it’s a good idea to set parental control restrictions on their user account. We’ll show you how this is done in this tutorial. Read More

 

Never use Dashboard on your Mac? Here’s how to disable it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 28, 2016

There are tons of features on the Mac that I love to use, but there are some that get so dusty because I never even bother to use them.

Dashboard is one of those features, and I’ve always thought it was a pretty good idea to go about disabling the feature outright on every Mac I’ve owned.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process to disable Dashboard system-wide on your Mac. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Harmony remote $37, 10-foot Lightning cable $10, and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2016

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

 

iOS 10 preview: keep yourself well-rested with Bedtime and Wake alarm

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

In addition to a gorgeous new dark interface, the Clock app on iOS 10 packs i a little-known but useful new feature— Bedtime and Wake alarm. With it, you can set up a regular sleep schedule to receive reminders when it’s time to hit the bed and wake up.

By making it easier than ever to create a regular sleep schedule and receive timely bedtime alerts, this feature could help the insomniac types get a good night’s sleep. With that in mind, watch our video hands-on and read a detailed preview of the new Bedtime and Wake alarm feature in iOS 10’s Clock app. Read More

 

Apple’s fitness guru talks Breathe app and bringing meditation to your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Jay Blahnik, Apple’s Director of Fitness and Health technologies who was a Nike contract athlete and consultant for over eighteen years, sat down with BuzzFeed News reporter Stephanie Lee three days ago to discuss an interesting addition to the Apple Watch’s arsenal of health-focused software technologies: the new Breathe app in watchOS 3. Read More

 

Check out rainbow Apple Watch strap Apple gave to employees

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Showing support for gay rights, Apple employees who over the weekend participated in San Francisco’s LGBT Pride festival were treated to a custom rainbow strap for the Apple Watch. Reddit user ‘Sakusuhon’ kindly posted an image of the limited-edition rainbow-colored strap Apple included along with a greeting card to show its appreciation for those who attended the San Francisco event. Read More

 

Twitter introduces searchable #Stickers for your tweet images

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Twitter on Monday announced a new feature that will start rolling out soon, searchable #Stickers to adorn your tweet images with. With this feature, users can put multiple stickers on a photo, resize and rotate them and place them anywhere on the image before it’s tweeted out.

These rotating sticker sets are categorized and include hundreds of accessories, emoji and props to make your photos more interesting and fun.

“Use them to share what you’re doing or how you’re feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair,” said Twitter. Read More

 

Report reiterates that Apple is working on Bragi Dash-like fully wireless EarPods

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

There’s been a lot of debate lately among Apple watchers as to whether or not the next iPhone, which the rumor-mill thinks will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and Lightning headsets, will ship with a wireless version of the EarPods headphones or one of Beats’ wireless headphones.

9to5Mac is now reiterating prior reports, saying Apple is indeed working on its own fully wireless EarPods that should resemble the Bragi Dash. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple Watch 2 has GPS, is more waterproof and tracks swimming

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

A second generation Apple Watch is rumored to embed not only cellular connection for network connectivity without its paired iPhone, but also a dedicated GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry the handset. That’s assuming you believe a sketchy report published this morning by 9to5Mac and credited to an anonymous source with unproven track record.

The same source also said that the Workout app on the Apple Watch 2 would gain the ability to track swimming. Read More

 

Next-gen MacBook Pro to integrate Touch ID into the Power button?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Apple is believed to be working on the next MacBook Pro upgrade that should include, among a faster Intel processor and graphics and other hardware-related enhancements, an OLED bar replacing the row of function keys on the keyboard with programmable touch-sensitive shortcuts that could automatically change from one app to another.

In a new report Monday, 9to5Mac has learned from a sketchy source that the rumored OLED touch bar might be accompanied by a Touch ID sensor for fingerprint login. Read More

 

iPhone 7 rumor: Home button with haptic feedback, Apple Watch-like Space Black variant

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Remember the iPhone 5’s Darth Vader-like black appearance? It’s still my favorite iPhone colorway even though Apple has since moved to a more subdued Space Gray finish for subsequent models. Mac Otakara, the Japanese publication which claimed the iPhone 7 would come in a new Deep Blue variant, has now backtracked on the report, saying the device would include a Space Black colorway akin to the Apple Watch. Read More

 
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