Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2017

Apple on Monday released a new version of its desktop media management software iTunes. Labeled build 12.5.5, the update can be installed via the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or by clicking the Check for Updates option in the iTunes Menu Bar. Read More

 

How to restrict things your kids can do within apps with Guided Access

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

With a super useful feature called Guided Access, an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can be put into so-called kiosk mode that temporarily restricts the device to a single app. It’s the ultimate iPhone and iPad lockdown feature, and it’s already built-in.

This tutorial discusses using Guided Access to control which app features are available to your children, what they can touch and interact with inside an app.

We’ll also detail other Guided Access capabilities allowing parents to shut down sensors, turn the hardware buttons off, disable areas of the screen where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction and more. Read More

 

How to move and control mouse pointer using your Mac’s keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

No matter if you’re designing a newsletter in Pages, putting together a mockup of your blog in Pixelmator, editing a video project in Final Cut Pro X, creating a 3D scene and so forth, at some point you’ll want to move things around with pixel precision.

Thankfully, macOS provides a very useful Accessibility feature that allows you to move the mouse pointer in all directions and replicate clicks using just the keyboard.

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to turn on a life-saving Mouse Keys feature and take advantage of it to move the mouse pointer and press the mouse button with your Mac’s keyboard or numeric keypad. Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.1.3, tvOS 10.1.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 with bug fixes and improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2017

Apple on Monday released several updates for its various platforms. iOS 10.2.1 is out for iPhones and iPads, tvOS 10.1.1 for fourth-gen Apple TVs, watchOS 3.1.3 for Apple Watches, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 for Macs. All of the updates can be installed via their respective OTA mechanisms, or you can grab the standalone packages from our Downloads page. Read More

 

Samsung delays Galaxy S8 following Note 7 fires

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

During its press conference Monday morning, Samsung shared the findings of Note 7 investigations conducted by itself and three independent industry firms. In the aftermath of Note 7 fires, Samsung’s won’t be unveiling its next-generation iPhone rival at the Mobile World Congress in February as previously thought, Samsung told Reuters. Read More

 

Samsung shares results of Note 7 investigation, finds two separate flaws with the batteries

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

Samsung on Monday held a press conference to share results of its investigation into Note 7 fires that forced the South Korean firm to temporarily recall and eventually permanently discontinue its supposed iPhone killer.

For starters, the original battery made by Samsung SDI was irregularly sized and had a flaw in the upper right corner that could cause a short circuit.

A third-party battery made by Amperex Technology was used in replacement Note 7 units, but it suffered from a manufacturing issue that could cause the battery to catch fire because of a welding defect. The company announced new and enhanced quality assurance measures to improve product safety. Read More

 

Apple Watch popup store in Paris shuts down

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

From the onset, Apple was pushing Apple Watch as a fashion device and set up popup stores in high-profile department stores like Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Selfridges in London and Isetan in Tokyo. With the second-generation Apple Watch, fashion was de-emphasized in favor of the fitness and health aspects of the device.

As a result, Apple began shuttering these stores-within-stores which mostly promoted Apple Watch Edition models anyway. After closing the popup shop in London, the Parisian one has now closed due to poor sales. The Galeries Lafayette outlet is no longer listed on Apple’s Retail website in France. Read More

 

Sprint acquires 33 percent stake in Tidal, Jay Z’s Apple Music rival

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced Monday that it’s buying one-third of Tidal, Jay Z’s music-streaming service, in a bid to give customers exclusive content not available anywhere else. That’s right, Tidal and its artists will produce exclusive content that will only be available to current and new Sprint customers.

While Sprint now owns 33 percent of Tidal, Jay Z & Co. will continue to run the artist-centric service. Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure will join Tidal’s Board of Directors. Read More

 

Apple and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn may build highly automated $7B display plant in U.S.

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

According to Japanese outlet Nikkei Asian Review, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou told journalists who attended his company’s end-of-year corporate party that Foxconn is considering a joint investment with Apple topping $7 billion for a highly automated display facility in the United States.

It would eventually create 30,000-50,000 jobs. Read More

 

Former Android executive Hugo Barra leaving Xiaomi next month

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

Hugo Barra, who used to be Google’s senior executive in charge of Android before leaving the Internet giant for Xiaomi in August 2013, announced on his Facebook profile that he’s leaving the Chinese handset maker. He’ll be returing to Silicon Valley in February after the Chinese New Year to spend more time with friends and family.

As Vice President of Xiaomi’s International unit, Barra was responsible for making the company’s Mi handsets available in more countries globally.

Xiaomi has yet to start selling its products in the United States. Read More

 

Websites not loading in Safari? Try this…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 23, 2017

It can be so annoying when a web page you’re trying to visit doesn’t load. There are many things that could be to blame for the problem, and there’s a list of steps you should take if you want to figure out what might be causing it.

In this piece, we’ll discuss several ways you can troubleshoot a web page that isn’t loading in Safari. Depending on the browser, steps to fix problems might be similar, but they could vary as well. Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: cityscape

By Jim Gresham on Jan 22, 2017

The Wallpapers of the Week section compiles photo quality images for your favorite iOS devices. Last week, the popular category geometric shapes made a comeback in early 2017. This week, a small collection of cityscapes graces the wallpaper collection.

While nature is certainly beautiful, our concrete and steel masterpieces also have a beauty of their own. Step inside for the latest wallpaper downloads. Read More

 

Jailbreak tweaks of the week: AntiTracker, Quickify, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 22, 2017

For those who still have their jailbreaks, it’s been pretty slow in terms of jailbreak tweak releases recently. The lack of a recent public jailbreak for everyone paired with the loss of interest in iOS 9 is, without a shadow of doubt, making things rough for jailbreak developers.

Regardless, we put together a roundup every week to showcase everything new in Cydia, so following that tradition, we’ll be doing the same this week, starting with our favorites and moving on to all the rest afterwards. Read More

 

The top stories of the week on iDB

By Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2017

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.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

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KGI: iPhone 8’s 3D Touch may provide higher sensitivity and wider range of pressure levels

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in today’s research note that Apple may adopt a combination of fingerprint and face detection sensors to supplant Touch ID.

In another note to clients obtained by MacRumors, Kuo claims that iPhone 8 will debut an enhanced form of 3D Touch technology with higher sensitivity and a wider range of pressure levels. Read More

 

KGI: iPhone 8 may supplant Touch ID with optical fingerprint & facial recognition sensors

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2017

iPhone 8 is widely expected to become Apple’s first full-face handset as the company is rumored to have devised ways of integrating Touch ID into the display assembly. A research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, claims iPhone 8 may sport a new biometric identification technology that would supplant the good ol’ Touch ID system and make possible iPhone 8’s rumored zero-bezel design. Read More

 

Apple sues Qualcomm over withholding $1B as ransom in Korean legal investigation

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2017

Apple on Friday announced it’s suing iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, which owns many wireless patents, “after years of disagreement over what constitutes a fair and reasonable royalty”. The suit argues Qualcomm withheld nearly $1 billion in payments it owes to Apple as retaliation because Apple cooperated with the Korea Fair Trade Commission. Last month, Korean regulators slapped Qualcomm with a $850 million fine over its patent-licensing practices.

Apple’s suit, filed in federal district court in the Southern District of California, accuses Qualcomm of charging royalties for technologies “they have nothing to do with.” Responding to the complaint, Qualcomm called Apple’s claims groundless and said they “misrepresented facts”.

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How to get the new iOS 10.2 emoji on your jailbroken iOS 9 device

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 21, 2017

With the release of iOS 10.2, Apple introduced a whole bunch of new emoji. The Unicode 9.0 collection features 72 new emoji, including such crowd-pleasers as “Nauseated face” and “Fox face”.

Emoji are an extremely popular part of messaging on iOS and some people even update their devices just to get the new releases. However, you needn’t choose between your jailbreak and your smileys; in this article we’ll go through how to get the new iOS 10.2 emoji on your jailbroken iOS 9 device. Read More

 

AntiTracker lets you know every time someone tracks you with Find My Friends [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2017

Find My Friends is an app made by Apple that lets you track the location of your friends and family so you can find out their whereabouts at any time of the day, but it can also be a real privacy concern.

While some people enable this feature voluntarily so that their family members can keep tabs on them or so that friends can meet up with one another, others have the feature enabled on them behind their backs so their significant others can stalk them.

If you’re paranoid about whether or not you’re being tracked, then you need a new free jailbreak tweak called AntiTracker. Read More

 

Socratic, Tunity, YEAY, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2017

It’s the weekend again, and you know what that means! It’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week’s episode features some great apps including one that helps you with your homework and one that allows you to stream audio to your iPhone from a nearby muted television. And as always, we’ve selected two awesome new games for you to check out. Read More

 
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