‘Other’ storage on your iPhone and iPad explained

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

For most users, the ‘Other’ iOS storage category—reported after connecting an iOS device to desktop iTunes—is something of a mystery. ‘Other’ storage starts at one to five percent of total device capacity but can quickly creep in to a few gigabytes.

This post will unravel the mysteries behind ‘Other’ iOS storage, explain what it’s used for, how iOS manages it and what you can do to decrease it. Read More

 

Daily Deals: BeoPlay H3 headphones, VIZIO Bluetooth sound bar and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

Twitter rolls out a new timeline feature

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

The pressure mounts on Twitter to re-ignite growth, which has virtually come to a halt as average users increasingly find the service too confusing and difficult to use. Today, the micro-blogging service unveiled yet another refinement designed to adjust how the timeline surfaces interesting content.

Similar to the “While you were away” timeline feature which released a year ago, Twitter will now put recommended, not the newest, tweets at the top of your timeline so that you never miss important updates from people you follow. Read More

 

Some Mac apps known to be affected by the Sparkle vulnerability

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 10, 2016

A vulnerability discovered in an outdated version of the Sparkle updater framework that many third-party OS X apps depend on for serving the user with regular updates has been getting a lot of attention recently.

As we reported on Tuesday, the security problem affects a number of third-party Mac apps downloaded from the internet, and not apps downloaded from the Mac App Store. The vulnerability roots from the lack of an encrypted connection and gives a malicious hacker the ability to perform a man-in-the-middle attack.

But what OS X apps are affected? This is the information you need to know as soon as possible to keep your Mac safe from potential malware threats. Read More

 

iOS 9 adoption keeps chugging along, now standing at 77 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

According to the latest stats published today on Apple’s App Store dashboard for developers, 77 percent of devices are now using iOS 9.0 or later.

The new data point, captured by the App Store on February 8, 2016, represents a one-point increase over the adoption rate of 76 percent recorded two weeks ago and a two-point gain versus the 75 percent figure that was captured a month ago. Read More

 

Apple seeds beta 3 of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 to public testers

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2016

Two days after seeding iOS 9 beta 3 and OS X 10.11.4 beta 3 to developers, Apple has made the updates available to public testers. Folks who are registered in the company’s Beta Software Program can now install the new firmware on their various devices.

As usual, the new iOS 9.3 beta is available over-the-air via the Settings app to those already running 9.3, and the new El Capitan 10.11.4 beta can be found in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. You just need to make sure your Mac or device is enrolled. Read More

 

How to hide Favorites in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

Safari for iOS and OS X lets you mark websites you fancy as your Favorites, so they’re easy to access when you select Safari’s Smart Search field at the top. Your Favorites also appear on new tabs and windows, are listed in your bookmarks, appear on a dedicated Favorites page and can be added as a bar below Safari’s toolbar.

It’s a convenient feature which enables a more productive browsing for those who remember to file websites they frequent as their Favorites.

On the downside, people starring at your iPhone, iPad and Mac will get to see your Favorites every time you open a new tab, type a URL or search. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of removing your Favorites from various Safari views on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. Read More

 

Latest El Capitan beta has fixed Safari’s mishandling of shortened Twitter “t.co” links

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

An annoying issue pertaining to broken Twitter links, which has persisted in Safari for Mac since November 2015, has been fixed in the third beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, according to user reports on the Apple Support Communities forums.

The “Safari can’t open the page because the server where this page is located is not responding” error page no longer appears when clicking shortened “t.co” Twitter links with the secure HTTPS protocol in Safari and third-party apps like Tweetbot. Read More

 

Apple hiring engineers to join its Clock Face Team

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

Apple is seeking software engineer to join its ‘Clock Face Team’ to work on yet-to-be-released faces and complications for the Apple Watch.

As originally discovered by AppleInsider yesterday, an Apple job ad describes the position as helping build the watch faces and complications.

“You’ll work closely with the UI design, iOS Frameworks and QA teams to develop interactions of superior quality that will ship to millions of users,” reads the job ad. Read More

 

Apple Music now available on Sonos wireless speakers worldwide

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

As of today, owners of Sonos systems around the world can stream Apple Music directly through their wireless speaker hardware, the company announced. Anyone with an Apple Music subscription, or even a free trial, can stream any song from Apple’s catalog to their Sonos speakers.

Just choose Add Music Service in Sonos’s companion iPhone app, scroll down to the Apple Music icon and log into your account. Read More

 

Why and how to use a VPN on your iOS device or Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 10, 2016

A virtual private network, commonly referred to as a VPN, is a type of connection you can use over the internet that helps to secure your identity as you surf the web.

Often times, they’re used to improve your security and privacy on public Wi-Fi networks, but they’re also used for a wide variety of other reasons. If you’ve been considering using a VPN on your iOS device(s) or Mac(s), then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to tell you all about why you should consider using a VPN and how to use them to your advantage. Read More

 

Add 16GB of storage to your iPhone or iPad with Xtra Drive flash drive

By iDB Deals on Feb 10, 2016

While the cloud has made modern life far more convenient, it hasn’t done away with the need for immediate space relief for our various daily tasks. If you find your iPhone or iPad running low on space at times, Xtra Drive Lightning Flash Drive has you covered with a backup 16GB Micro SD Card (expandable up to 128GB) to easily store your music, videos, photos and more. For a limited time only, it’s just $71.99.

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What you need to know about the Sparkle vulnerability affecting some OS X apps

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

A new vulnerability has been discovered to affect a wide variety of third-party apps for OS X that have been downloaded from the internet and use an outdated version of the Sparkle updater framework.

The new vulnerability puts a number of users of affected third-party apps at risk of being hijacked when those apps attempt to use the outdated framework to alert users of new app updates. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Corsair keyboard, JETech Apple Watch bands and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 9, 2016

Hello! Welcome to iDB’s new exploratory ‘Daily Deals’ post. Here you will find a roundup of some of our favorite deals of the day on tech and tech-related products such as smartphones, tablets, accessories, connected devices, and even video games and consoles.

This is an experiment of sorts, born out of our love for tech and discounts. So we’re going to do a little trial run, and see how it goes. If it turns out to be something readers are interested in, we’ll add more products from more websites, and make this a daily thing. Read More

 

How to disable suggested search terms in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

Safari’s Smart Search Field is tremendously useful. This unified search and address field performs functions of the separate address and search fields found in older editions of the browser.

The Smart Search Field lets you type in either an URL to visit or a search query to send to the default search engine. It’s also a place where search suggestions automagically pop up as you type. Suggested search terms are supplied by the search engine selected in Settings → Safari → Search Engine.

With this cool feature, you can type just the first few letters of a query and rely on the search engine to help you complete the search term without needing to type out the rest of your query. Bt certain users may not be fond of this feature for privacy reasons.

If you’re among them, use step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial to turn suggested search terms off in Safari for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. Read More

 

How to remove your old iPhoto library

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

After upgrading your Mac to OS X Yosemite or later, the new Photos app gets installed automatically.

On first launch, Photos will auto-upgrade your default iPhoto library to its new library format. People will multiple iPhoto libraries must manually convert them to the new format by holding the Option (⌥) key when clicking the Photos icon in the Dock.

Upon completing migration, you’ll have two sets of photo libraries on your machine: the original iPhoto libraries and their Photos counterpart.

In order to free up a significant amount of storage space on your Mac, you can safely delete any iPhoto library that has been migrated to the new Photos app. Read More

 

New Apple TV app TechTube helps you discover great tech videos

By Cody Lee on Feb 9, 2016

Folks in the market for a new Apple TV app that helps surface great content may want to check out TechTube TV. The app, which was released late last week, was designed to highlight videos that it believes folks will find interesting.

The video selections are geared towards techies, and feature everything from TED talks to device reviews. There is also a mix of science and ‘how things work’ videos—”the goal is entertaining, informative or intellectually stimulating.” Read More

 

Tip: quickly redial the last number on your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, pressing iOS’s Phone icon gives you shortcuts for calling your top three favorite contacts right from the Home screen. But aside from 3D Touch, the Phone app has received little innovation in years past.

That being said, a lot of iPhone owners are not completely familiar with the ins and outs of the Phone app beyond making and receiving phone calls. Many of my friends, for instance, routinely go to Phone → Recents to call the last dialed number.

Apple’s interface designers have thought of that, too, but unfortunately their solution is not readily apparent in Phone’s interface. In this quick tutorial, we’ll teach you how to call the last dialed number right from Phone’s Keypad section. Read More

 

Final Fantasy IX hits iOS with 20% launch sale

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

In a surprise launch this morning, publisher Square Enix unleashed Final Fantasy IX upon the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This classic role-playing game, which originally released for Sony’s PlayStation console back in 2000, is now available in the App Store with a special 20 percent launch sale for $16.99.

Designed to let players relive the adventures of Zidane and his crew in the palm of their hands, Final Fantasy IX brings Game Center achievements, autosave, crisp graphics with high-def movies and character models, seven game boosters like high-speed and no-encounter modes and other perks. Read More

 
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