10 great gift ideas for iPhone photographers

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 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 iPhone photographers. Read More

 

Documentary about Roland’s legendary drum machine now available on Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Are you an Apple Music subscriber? If not, you’re missing out on some cool documentaries about music produced exclusively for Apple Music fans. As promised, Apple Music subscribers can now watch DJ Zane Lowe-narrated “808: The Movie”, marking the Cupertino company’s first original documentary.

Created by You Know Films in association with Atlantic Films, “808: The Movie” is all about the legendary programmable drum machine from Roland that’s largely responsible for the recognizable rhythms and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s. Read More

 

Check out new Christmas ads for Apple Watch Series 2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Apple’s United Kingdom branch today shared a pair of new ads via its dedicated UK YouTube channel.

The two television commercials run fifteen seconds long each and promote Apple Watch Series 2 ahead of Christmas. Titled “Go Play” and “Go Run,” positioning Apple’s latest GPS-equipped watch as the perfect assistant for a healthier life and the perfect fitness companion. Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments. Read More

 

Nintendo drops a live-action commercial for Super Mario Run ahead of release

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Nintendo is scheduled to debut Super Mario Run, its platformer optimized for one-handed gameplay, on the App Store on December 15. Ahead of this eagerly anticipated release, the Japanese gaming giant released a live-action commercial that’s all about speed.

Running two minutes and five seconds long, the ad features people from all walks of life running across scenic locations and in front of landmarks across the globe. The video features an upbeat tune and classic Super Mario notes and sound effects. Read More

 

WSJ: AirPods delayed because of issues with dual Bluetooth connectivity

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Apple’s mysterious AirPods delay continues to puzzle us. Marking a rare public misstep, the company’s failed to make its first-ever Bluetooth earphones available in time for the critical holiday season because, as Apple said, it needed “a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.”

A person familiar with the product’s development told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that the problem with the AirPods stems from Apple’s efforts to “chart a new path for wireless headphones” and, specifically, resolve what happens when you lose one of the earphones or its battery dies on you. Read More

 

Apple must replace a Danish man’s iPhone with a new unit rather than a refurbished model

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Following a five-year fight over marketing manager David Lysgaard’s faulty iPhone 4 he bought in 2011 from Apple.com, the Glostrup District Court has ruled that Apple did violate the Danish Sale of Goods Act by giving the man a “remanufactured” device instead of the brand new phone he was entitled to in accordance with local law, Domstol.dk reported Friday. Apple’s warranty terms state that refurbs use either brand new parts or those that are equivalent to new in performance and reliability. Read More

 

Samsung planning a software update to render remaining U.S. Note 7 phones useless

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Not even the exploding batteries have stopped die-hard fans of Samsung’s ill-fated Note 7 from using the remaining phablets that are still in the wild. However, Samsung wants all Note 7 devices to be safely returned and is working on a software update that will render the remaining Notes in the United States useless, according to Samsung’s official blog post and a statement given to The Verge. Read More

 

Siri, cease all motor functions

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

It seems Apple’s partnership with Universal Pictures that uses funny Siri responses to promote the animated movie “The Secret Life of Pets” was just the beginning. As revealed by actress Evan Rachel Wood who stars in “Westworld,” Siri is a fan of the show.

In another major movie tie-in for Apple, this time with HBO, Siri has learned some amusing responses to queries related to the science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO.

Here are some of them. Read More

 

Super Mario Run requires a persistent Internet connection to prevent piracy

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s eagerly awaited platformer optimized for one-handed gameplay, requires a persistent Internet connection to play in order to prevent piracy, Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed to Mashable. Actually, the security element is one of the reasons Nintendo decided to go with the iOS platform first before releasing Super Mario Run on Android. Read More

 

Convert and push media into any Apple device with WALTR 2, no jailbreak or iTunes needed

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016

Softorino, a purely European crew packed with talented developers, recently released WALTR 2 as a successor to the original app that’s captured more than 500,000 downloads worldwide in just under 20 months since its debut.

A well-deserved success, if you ask me, because WALTR made it super easy to convert audio and video files encoded in “foreign” formats, such as DivX/MKV movies with subtitles and FLAC audio files, without requiring a jailbreak.

I raved about WALTR in my review, underscoring how its drag-and-drop simplicity allows just about anyone to bypass the mess that is iTunes. And boy, does it fly: in my tests, WALTR transcoded a 2.64-gigabyte MKV file on my 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5 mid-2013 MacBook Air into an iOS-friendly format and sent it over USB to my iPhone 6 in under two minutes.

Building on this remarkable engine, WALTR 2 is now available with new features like support for more than two-dozen legacy iPod models and other devices starting from iOS 5. It uses automatic metadata recognition that works perfectly, gives you the ability to transfer media to your device wirelessly, supports PDF and ePUB file formats and much, much more. Read More

 

How to find out which third-party apps on your iPhone support Siri

By Steffen Reich on Dec 9, 2016

Since Apple introduced SiriKit with iOS10, a growing number of developers worldwide have worked out unique ways to intelligently embed Apple’s virtual assistant. When the likes of WhatsApp and Uber released their Siri compatible versions it was still hard to escape the flurry of news about it, but the novelty of Siri integration has certainly worn off a little in the interim.

With the newsworthiness of Siri-ready apps sinking, it is more likely than not that some of the apps on your iPhone have secretly acquired Siri capabilities that you are entirely oblivious of. If you want to bring yourself up to date on what you may have been missing out on, it only takes a few clicks within the Settings app to unveil which of your apps have lately taken to Siri. Read More

 

NoATWAKEUP is a tweak that might help you save some extra battery life

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

If you own an iPhone, then chances are your battery life is important to you. The importance of conserving battery life is probably increased even more when you’re jailbroken and have lots of tweaks running on your device as you use it.

Fortunately, a new free jailbreak tweak called NoATWAKEUP is here to help, as the developer says it can have a positive impact on your battery life. Read More

 

Pokémon GO update lets trainers transfer Pokémon in bulk and fixes bugs

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 9, 2016

Niantic has launched an update (version 1.19.1) for the popular Pokémon GO game on both the Android and iOS platforms on Thursday that addresses several bugs, as well as a highly-requested game improvement.

Those who catch many Pokémon know the struggle of having to transfer out the ones they don’t need to Professor Willow, one by one, but Thursday’s update now allows players to transfer a handful of unwanted Pokémon to the professor all at once. Read More

 

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, lock your device and wait for the respring.

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 the 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

 
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