10 great gift ideas for iMac users

By Cody Lee on Dec 8, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of iDB’s ongoing Gift Ideas series, where we provide curated roundups of some of our favorite products. Throughout the year we cover and test a number of devices and accessories, so we decided to use that experience to help those searching for the perfect present. Today’s roundup is focused on iMac users. Read More

 

First impressions of Super Mario Run on iPhone

By Andrew O'Hara on Dec 8, 2016

As we noted earlier today, you can now test out Super Mario Run at your local Apple Store. They have preinstalled the game on their demo devices ahead of the games launch on December 15th. I was lucky enough to head over earlier today and put together a video and some first impressions on the upcoming platformer.

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Apple seeds macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 6 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Just 24 hours after iOS 10.2 beta 7 dropped and three days following macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 5, Apple on Thursday issued a sixth beta of what would become the second major update to macOS Sierra. macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 6 (build number 16C63a) is now available to registered developers.

The update can be deployed via the Mac App Store’s Updates tab on Macs which are registered with the Apple Developer Program. The full installer is on Dev Center. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Linia

By Cody Lee on Dec 8, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Linia. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to grab the popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—a significant savings of $4.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Linia is a minimal, rhythm-puzzle game that mixes a relaxing atmosphere with brain-melting challenges. It features achievements and a nice little surprise if you complete all 80+ levels. Read More

 

Luca Todesco releases browser-based exploit for Pangu 9.3.3 jailbreak without certificate

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 8, 2016

Noted iOS security researcher and hacker Luca Todesco has just released a WebKit-based loader for the Pangu 9.3.3 jailbreak. This impressive browser exploit is reminiscent of the original JailbreakMe exploits on iOS 1 and iOS 4, after which it is named. All that is required for the technique to work is to follow a URL in mobile Safari, press a button, and then lock your device.

Whilst this development is testament to Todesco’s hacking skills and has alleviated one major problem with the current 9.3.3 jailbreak: its reliance on developer certificates for the loader app, there is bound to be some confusion over what this tool actually does, and what it means for the jailbreak community. This post aims to bring some clarity to this topic. Read More

 

Feast your eyes on iSpaceship closeups, ground-level images and interior photographs

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

We’ve been tracking rapid construction progress at the Apple Campus 2 site thanks to avid YouTubers who take their expensive drones to the skies each month so we can marvel at jaw-dropping aerial footage of the ring-shaped building that’ll soon become home to a whopping 13,000 employees.

Just ahead of Apple’s planned early-2017 move in, French blog MacGeneration treats us to never-before-seen photographs showing off intricate details and the building’s vast interiors at the 2.8 million-square-foot site. Read More

 

Spotify has gone cold on rumored SoundCloud deal

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Spotify, the world’s top on-demand music service, is not buying Berlin, Germany-headquartered audio distribution platform SoundCloud after all, TechCrunch has learned.

Spotify has reportedly given up on its latest effort to buy SoundCloud realizing, after months of talks, that any such deal would probably negatively impact its impending initial public offering (IPO) and expected expansions in China, Russia and South Korea. Read More

 

Tim Cook to deliver MIT’s 2017 Commencement address on June 9

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

In the run-up to this coming summer, Apple’s boss Tim Cook will head to Cambridge to deliver his address at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Commencement exercises. Cook will address the Class of 2017 on Friday, June 9, the university announced today.

Cook previously gave the commencement address for his Alma Mater Auburn University in 2011 and last year delivered the commencement address for GWU. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Galaxy S8 to beat iPhone 8 to virtual Home button & bezel-free appearance

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy smartphone appears to be poised to beat Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 to the punch now that Bloomberg has corroborated much of SamMobile’s report saying the Galaxy S8 will be a bezel-free device with a wraparound display featuring an in-screen Home button. The phone should be unveiled in February 2018 and launch in March.

That way, the Samsung device should enjoy a six-month lead over the iPhone 8’s expected fall arrival. However, the Korean giant is considering scrapping plans for a dual-camera on the Galaxy S8 due to “higher manufacturing costs”, one of the sources told the news gathering organization. Read More

 

Lightroom for iOS, Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw pick up new pro-grade features

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Photoshop maker Adobe today issued a series of updates to Lightroom for iPhone and iPad, Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw, adding several new features for photographers, including refreshed Edit and Capture interfaces, a new info section and a brand new Professional mode.

Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad are available free on the App Store. The Lightroom CC 2015.8 update and Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 are available from Adobe. Read More

 

ChargePoint electric vehicle stations added to Apple Maps with Apple Pay support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

ChargePoint operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network. As of today, ChargePoint’s electric vehicle stations in the U.S. can be found through Apple Maps, as reported by 9to5Mac. And because ChargePoint accepts Apple Pay, users can even initiate charging via Apple Maps and complete their payment with a touch of a finger.

ChargePoint locations appear on the map as badges that can be tapped to reveal information like business hours, pricing, whether or not they accept Apple Pay at that particular location and more. Read More

 

Apple partners with wind turbine maker Goldwind to bring more clean energy to Chinese suppliers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

In an effort to help bring more clean energy to its Chinese suppliers, Apple and wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (also known as Goldwind) have entered into a cooperative joint venture agreement, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing spotted by the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment, a Goldwind subsidiary, will transfer its thirty percent stakes in four project firms that will stay subsidiaries under Goldwind for stock exchange purposes. Read More

 

Starbucks teams up with Pokémon GO as an official partner and adds more Pokéstops and gyms

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Just yesterday, Niantic announced a partnership with Sprint to bring as many as 10,500 more Pokéstops and gyms to Pokémon GO, and today a similar partnership appears to be expanding to Starbucks coffee shops.

The announcement is a move to give players more flexibility in collecting necessary items to play the game, as well as to battle other players. Starbucks benefits out of the deal because it attracts potential customers to their locations. Read More

 

Samsung counters Jet Black iPhone 7 with glossy “Black Pearl” Galaxy S7 Edge colorway

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Confirming recent rumor-mill talk of a glossy black edition of its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone, Samsung today officially announced a new Black Pearl color option in an attempt to counter what’s been reported as high demand for Apple’s new Black and Jet Black iPhone 7 models. The new colorway, Samsung said, “radiates quality and luxury” and was designed to be “modern and striking”. Read More

 

21 pay TV apps and 10 providers now support Apple’s new Single Sign-On feature

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Single Sign-On, Apple’s new feature that permits compatible video-streaming apps to unlock additional content by using your saved cable credentials, became officially available yesterday. Just a day after launch, apps from ABC and Disney have now gained support for Single Sign-On on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as Freeform, FXNOW and a few other apps, The Verge reported Thursday. Read More

 

You can now play Super Mario Run in Apple Stores around the world

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Ahead of its scheduled December 15 debut, Nintendo’s upcoming platformer Super Mario Run can now be experienced firsthand in your local Apple Store. That’s because the iPhone maker has installed Super Mario Run demo stations at its brick-and-mortar retail locations for pre-release play, as announced during Wednesday evening’s “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon. Read More

 

How to convert any barcode into a pass for your Wallet with Pass2U Wallet

By Steffen Reich on Dec 8, 2016

Based on the continuous growth of Wallet for ticketing services and Apple Pay, Apple’s bid to render cards and printouts a memory of the past has come a long way. Wallet makes handling and storing any type of ticket considerably simpler, which is why it is easy to get irritated today when presented with no other delivery option but an old-school paper pass. Thankfully Apple and other retailers are increasingly swinging towards the digital platform, but there are still countless cases where you just cannot add a ticket or voucher to your Wallet – even though it would make life so much easier.

Pass2U Wallet, a free app for iOS, taps into that need and conveniently bridges the gap. Just like Wallet itself it offers to scan hard copy barcodes in order to convert them to Wallet passes, however contrary to Apple’s Wallet it will practically work with any piece of paper imaginable. As such, Pass2U Wallet complements and enriches the stock Wallet app nicely, making sure you will be able to add anything you like to your iPhone’s Wallet. Find out more about the app in our review below.

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How to recover deleted notes from your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

Whenever you delete a note from your iPhone or iPad’s Notes app, you have a limited amount of time (30 days) before it’s removed from your device in its entirety.

In this grace period, it is possible to recover the deleted note back to the app, which can potentially save you the trouble of losing out on an important note you might have commanded to the trash by accident. We’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 

Dejavu prevents you from adding duplicate songs to Apple Music playlists

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 8, 2016

A great feature of the Music app is the ability to create song playlists so you can listen to specific jams depending on how you’re feeling and what you’re doing at a particular point in time.

On the other hand, sometimes you might inadvertently add the same song to a playlist more than once, which means you’ll have duplicate songs in the same playlist. As annoying as this can be when you’re in the middle of listening to it and hear the same song more than once, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Dejavu aims to fix the problem. Read More

 

Report: Apple close to striking major partnership with NHL

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2016

The National Hockey League has informed teams that it is in late-stage negotiations with Apple over a major partnership, reports TSN. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Canadian sports outlet says the deal could see iPads and other technology come to NHL team benches.

Apparently the League has been in talks with Apple, and competitor Microsoft, for several years, but discussions with the iPhone-maker accelerated after a similar deal with the NBA fell through. The source says this pact could still dissipate, but it’s pretty far along for that to happen. Read More

 
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