Apple Watch and water: what you need to know

By Sébastien Page on May 6, 2015

There seems to be a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and maybe a bit of misinformation when it comes to the water resistance aspect of Apple Watch. Apple itself hasn’t been very helpful as the company has been providing contradicting information when explaining what you can and cannot do with your watch. Add those misleading videos of guys jumping in the pool with their Apple Watch, and you can easily understand why one might be puzzled at whether or not it is acceptable to dunk Apple Watch in water. In this post, we’ll try to put an end to the speculation about Apple Watch and water. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 106: Gave up the jailbreak for nothing

By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015

Episode 106: We discuss some of the negative experiences associated with giving up our jailbreaks for the Apple Watch.

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Good deals: 59% off PowerStand charger and 37% off PowerSkin iPhone 6 battery case

By iDB Deals on May 6, 2015

Free yourself from the dead battery: plug in with our two new charging deals. You can get the minimal and stylish PowerSkin for iPhone 6 at 37% off, or the small and lightweight PowerStand at 59% off. Read More


Apple readying in-store pickups for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

Reports are coming in that Apple is preparing the in-store pickup option on new Watch orders in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, allowing customers in these launch countries to (soon enough, hopefully) select an Apple retail store to pick up their device after order.

As indicated by a report on MacRumors, the grayed out in-store pickup option on both the Apple Online Store and Apple Store shopping app is now labeled as “coming soon”. Read More


Pixelmator for iPhone coming soon, iPad version goes half price

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

Pixelmator, arguably the most popular alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop available on the Apple platform, is “coming soon” to the iPhone, its developer has confirmed in a blog post published today. In addition, the iPad edition of Pixelmator is on sale and can be grabbed now with a cool fifty percent discount for just $4.99. As it’ll soon be a universal app for the iPhone and iPad, now’s the time to grab the iPad edition and upgrade later to Pixelmator for iPhone at no additional cost. Read More


Apple announces 7-part bond sale to finance its capital return program expansion

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

During a conference call discussing its fiscal 2015 second-quarter results, Tim Cook & Co. also announced expanding their already massive capital return program to a whooping $200 billion through March of 2017 to “reflect strong confidence in what lies ahead for Apple.”

A filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission posted today on Apple’s Investor website casts more light on the initiative, confirming the company will fund this expansion through a new seven-part bond to raise the funds. Read More


Remastered version of 1998 classic adventure game Grim Fandango hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

The highly acclaimed adventure game, Grim Fandango by LucasArts, has been remastered and released for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store.

Featuring fully repainted high-resolution textures, a new dynamic lighting system, a handy concept art browser and classic musical score re-recorded with a full live orchestra, Grim Fandango Remastered provides an unforgettable experience spiced up with over two hours of exclusive developer commentary — and is a massive 3+ GB download. Read More


Applebot, a web crawler for Siri and Spotlight, unmasked in a support document

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

An official support document updated last evening has confirmed that Apple is using a web crawler service called Applebot to index the web for content used by its Siri personal digital assistant on iOS devices and built-in Spotlight search on both iOS and OS X.

An Apple-operated engine, Applebot is described as “the web crawler for Apple” which gathers useful content for products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The document doesn’t state how long AppleBot has been operational in production. Read More


FTC also probing Apple’s upcoming music service over deals with record labels

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2015

Increasingly, Apple is finding itself in hot water with regulators over its rumored subscription-based music service. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that the United States Federal Trade Commission is now probing Apple’s efforts to line up deals with record labels.

The agency is reportedly taking a closer look at the possible misuse of the iPhone maker’s dominant market position as the largest seller of music downloads to put rival music services such as Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, YouTube and others at a disadvantage. Read More


Lifeline… is a fun interactive game you can play on your iPhone or Apple Watch

By Lory Gil on May 6, 2015

The longer Apple Watch exists, the more companion apps will become available. Many apps are simply notification related, which will help you stay connected with your iPhone, even while it stays in your pocket.

Lifeline… is a text-based game where players interact with a stranded space traveler. Playing it on Apple Watch will make you feel like you are living in some kind of sci-fi future in the past, like Lost in Space. Read More


NYNE Multimedia Aqua Bluetooth speaker is fully waterproof, and it floats

By Lory Gil on May 6, 2015

As the weather gets warmer and summer looms around the corner, I find myself daydreaming about spending hours at the river, swimming in the cool pockets of still waters. Wouldn’t it be great to bring a speaker? But, I don’t want to ruin it by accidentally dropping it in the water.

NYNE Multimedia has solved that problem with a fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker called Aqua. Not only can you drop the external audio source right into a body of water, but it will also float, so you don’t have to worry about it sinking to the bottom of the pool. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 080: Slaptic feedback

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Episode 80: Apple’s Q2 earnings call, more blatant Samsung copying, Microsoft is opening up, BestBuy changes its stance on Apple Pay, and Apple pushes to kill free streaming music tiers.

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Aspectus brings a Music control interface to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

If you’re not a big proponent of Reachability, then perhaps this new jailbreak tweak will at least convince you to use it, even if it’s not the way that Apple intended it to be used. Aspectus is a recently released jailbreak tweak that brings a beautiful music control interface to the iPhone’s Reachability view.

Even if you’re using a device that doesn’t support Reachability, Aspectus will work with Activator in order to provide access to the tweak. Read our walkthrough for more details as to how it looks and how it works. Read More


How to use Power Reserve mode on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

To save power when your Apple Watch battery is low, Apple has implemented a featured into Watch OS called Power Reserve mode. This mode allows you to extend the life of the Apple Watch battery by sacrificing general device functionality.

How do you enable Power Reserve mode? How do you exit Power Reserve mode? These questions and more are answered in this latest entry into our Apple Watch guide. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 5

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include great deals on apps like Over, Steel Guitar and Mic’d. Read More


Apple’s Angela Ahrendts was highest-paid female executive in the US last year

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s recently-hired senior vice president of retail and online stores, was the highest-paid female executive in the United States last year. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Ahrendts was awarded $82.6 million in 2014, including a sign-on bonus and a make-whole grant for money she left on the table at Burberry.

Coming in second on the list was Oracle’s Safra Catz, who raked in $71.2 million in fiscal 2014 for her role as chief financial officer and co-CEO. Rounding out the top 3 highest paid female executives was Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer who, at 39-years-old, was the highest-paid female chief executive last year, with a salary of $59.1 million. Read More


Apple working with researchers to build ResearchKit apps for gathering DNA data

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

Apple is collaborating with US researchers to launch apps that would allow iPhone owners to get their DNA tested, according to a new report from MIT’s Technology Review. The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps researchers gather data.

If true, Apple would join a growing battle for genetic information. Everyone from Google, to the government, to top universities are spending millions of dollars to amass large databases of DNA info in an effort to uncover clues that would help identify causes and possible cures for diseases. Read More


Home Depot to become largest retailer to support Apple Pay

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Contrary to earlier reports today, Home Depot isn’t disabling Apple Pay, it’s instead rolling it out to all of its 2,000+ brick and mortar retail stores. As Bloomberg reports, this will make Home Depot the biggest retailer accepting Apple Pay to date.

This is huge news, and certainly a major turnaround from the reports that said otherwise early this morning. Home Depot, which has been subject to massive data breaches in the past, is clearly putting its chips in with Apple Pay, which is known for its ease of use and its security. Read More


Mophie introduces new waterproof battery case for iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

On Tuesday, California-based accessory maker Mophie announced its first ever waterproof battery cased called the “Juice Pack H2PROTM.” The case is made for the iPhone 6, and features a durable design to protect against drops, dust, dirt and of course, water damage.

The battery pack included in the case is of the 2,750mAh lithium-ion variety, which will allow users to enjoy up to 14 hours of additional talk time, 10 hours of web browsing and 50 hours of music. Mophie says overall, the H2PROTM more than doubles iPhone battery life. Read More


Muswitch: a jailbreak tweak that places music controls in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

App Switcher tweaks seem to be all the rage these days, so it’s not surprising to see a tweak like Muswitch pop up on Cydia. Muswitch, as its name hints to, allows you to place music controls in the iOS 8 App Switcher.

These Music controls replace the contact shortcuts that normally reside above the cards found in the App Switcher. Watch our video walkthrough for more details. Read More

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