Apple partners with Red Cross for Nepal earthquake relief donations

By Jake Smith on Apr 26, 2015

Apple has setup a donation page to help aid those affected by the devastating Nepal earthquake that struck the nation on Saturday. Like with past disasters, Apple has partnered with the American Red Cross to handle donations, with 100 percent of the money going to the cause. Read More


App Watch: the first wave

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 26, 2015

You’ve received your Apple Watch in the mail, unboxed it, tried it on, and now the months of anticipation and waiting have finally come to an end. It’s surreal, really, and you can’t help but glance at your wrist every few minutes, even after wearing it for a couple days, to play with your new toy.

Or you haven’t received your Apple Watch yet and must sit alone and forsaken, watching all your friends talk to their wrists, wishing you could’ve gotten that pre-order in just a little bit earlier, or chosen a more plentiful model.

Or perhaps you simply couldn’t justify the price of the Apple Watch for its functionality, at least in the first generation. But you are interesting in its potential, particularly in how third-party developers will be putting its unique skillsets to use.

If you fall into one of those categories, it is for you that I’m excited to introduce App Watch, a new weekly article series by iDownloadBlog. In these posts, I’ll be covering a small handful of Apple Watch apps that stand out to me in terms of design, ease of use, convenience, and real-world usage. The point is not to cover every WatchKit app, but to highlight those that bring something significant, beautiful, or practical to wrists around the world. Apple Watch has an incredible amount of potential, and I want to help you tap into that. So, let us begin. Read More


24 hours with the Apple Watch

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 26, 2015

I told you last week that I had an Apple Watch on order and that to get to that point I had gone through a few different emotions before eventually landing on one that had me rather excited about Apple’s first wearable and the future that it could have. As I write this I have had my Apple Watch on my wrist for a little over a full day, and I thought someone somewhere might be interested in how I feel about the purchase. I also wanted to share one or two things I have noticed after spending my first day with the Apple Watch, too. Read More


Early Apple Watch tests show very accurate health and fitness data tracking

By Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

It is an incredibly precise timepiece, a new way to communicate, but it is also a smarter way to look at fitness. Timekeeping and communication aside, early scientific and less scientific tests show Apple Watch is actually very accurate at tracking health and fitness data. Read More


Charge your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with these dual USB chargers

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2015

The first night I took off my Apple Watch, I ran into a problem. I went to plug the charger into the outlet behind my nightstand, and I realized both spots were taken—1 by my iPhone alarm dock and the other by my lamp. So I started looking into dual USB chargers.

Figuring I wasn’t the only one coming up a plug short, I decided to share my findings here on iDB. I’ve compiled a list of 8 dual USB chargers that I feel are worth checking out. The chargers vary in price and design, and as usual, I’ve only included those with high ratings. Read More


Exclusive Apple Watch-inspired wallpapers

By Jim Gresham on Apr 26, 2015

This past week marks the Apple Watch release date, April 24, 2015. Although the date has come under fire, at least a few pre-orders were filled and May/June ship dates are seeing movement. Since the pre-order launch on April 10, Apple removed the April 24 date from the online Apple Stores and Angela Ahrendts released an internal memo all but confirming in-store sales are not going to happen until around June.

Inside, we have the single largest wallpaper selection in an iDB post. Thanks to some great work by Jason Zigrino and Efrain Roa, there are enough images in there to keep you busy while waiting for your device. There are images for iPhone, iPad, and desktop in a wide range of colors that will match any new Apple Watch you are hoping to have in your hands. Read More


Tweaks of the week: Doorman, Gauss, NetflixSleepTimer, and more

By Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

If there is one thing we’ll remember from this past week, it’s probably not the amount of tweaks that were released, but more likely the launch of Apple Watch, which by the way, has so much potential for a jailbreak, but it’s an entirely different discussion.

Not much was released on Cydia this week, but there are still some pretty interesting tweaks. Take a look! Read More


Review: Forgotten Memories remembers what it means to be a survival horror game

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 26, 2015

For years, the survival horror genre has suffered from a bit of an identity crisis, with genre mainstays straying into everything from action adventures to point and click romps. With Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities, developer Psychose Interactive seeks to resurrect the ideals that made survival horror great and prove that the early games in the genre got it right the first time. Read More


This week’s top stories: Apple Watch, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

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.

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Apple Watch gets beat to hell for science [Video]

By Jake Smith on Apr 25, 2015

While many of you are probably holding on to your precious Apple Watch with care, CNET took it upon themselves to see what will ruin the wearable, so you don’t have to. We’re taken through several everyday scenarios of how the Apple Watch could get ruined in the kitchen. It actually holds up pretty well.  Read More


How to turn your Apple Watch on or off

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2015

The Apple Watch contains a physical flat button called the side button. This button is not much unlike the Sleep button featured on the iPhone, which also happens to be the button used to turn the iPhone on or off.

The side button can be used for a few things on the Apple Watch, including accessing your friends list, and using Apple Pay. But the side button also allows you to power your Apple Watch on, and power it down. We’ll explain how in this tutorial. We’ll also explain how to do a hard reset (force reboot) in case your watch locks up or experiences issues. Read More


How to pair and set up an Apple Watch with your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2015

Before you can begin using your Apple Watch as it was meant to be used, you’ll need to pair it with an iPhone. Keep in mind that you must have an iPhone 5 or later in order to pair with an Apple Watch. You’ll also need to make sure that the iPhone is running iOS 8.2 or later, since this firmware includes the Apple Watch companion app needed to initiate the pairing process.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to identify your iPhone’s firmware, and how to pair your Apple Watch using the Apple Watch companion app. Read More


10 great pairs of Bluetooth headphones for your new Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2015

If you’re wanting to listen to music privately, directly from your Apple Watch, you’re going to need a pair of Bluetooth headphones. So for those of you who picked up a Watch this weekend, and don’t already own Bluetooth headphones, we’ve put together a list of some we think are worth checking out.

The list contains 10 options, ordered from cheapest to most expensive, and it features various styles and price points for all tastes and budgets. It’s also been curated to only include headphones that have received positive reviews from well-respected publications, or customers on websites like Amazon. Read More


Good deal: 70% off the iOS Design + Code training

By iDB Deals on Apr 25, 2015

Some of our most popular offers from iDownloadBlog Deals have centered around iOS app development. Today’s featured deal also involves iOS development, but focuses on what the user sees rather than the code powering the app in the background. An app’s design is a key element to its function, and the Design + Code will teach you how to make beautiful apps that appeal to the eyes while creating a great user experience. Normally $150, it’s just $45 at iDB Deals. Read More


Coup, Forgotten Memories, Cow Tipper, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on Apr 25, 2015

Now that Apple Watch is resting comfortably on your wrist, you can finally relax and enjoy the freedom of not having to pull your iPhone out of your pocket every few minutes. You may still want to have your iPhone on hand, though. After all, there are still plenty of apps and games out there to enjoy. We’ve got a list of some fun new content for you this weekend. Don’t forget to check out our list of Apple Watch apps, too. Read More


Apple Watch unboxing and hardware overview

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 24, 2015

After what seemed like an immeasurable wait, I finally got my UPS delivery, and the Apple Watch is now in hand. Unfortunately, I only received one of the two watches that I purchased—a 38mm Apple Watch Sport with a white band. I’m not complaining though, at least I got something on launch day.

Watch our unboxing video for a full look at what’s inside. I’ve also included an overview of the Apple Watch hardware mated with my giddy commentary. Read More


25 useful tips to get you started with Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch is here! After months of anticipation, people around the world have started receiving their Apple Watch today. It’s now play time, or maybe more accurately, it’s learning time. Time to learn the ins and outs of this new device to get the most out of it.

In the next few days, iDB will be publishing guides on various aspects of Apple Watch, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you the heads up on some basic functions of Apple Watch, so that you know what to do with it right off the box.

In this post, we’ll share 25 tips to get you started with Apple Watch! Read More


Apps to download for your new Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2015

If you’re one of the lucky few that were able to get their Apple Watch pre-ordered within the first few minutes, there’s a good chance that your wearable will arrive in the mail today. And after going through all of the stock apps and settings, there may come a time when you think to yourself “ok, now what?”

That’s where we come in. For the past several weeks, iDB has been compiling a list of Apple Watch apps that we think are worth checking out. It’s a curated list, so you won’t see *all* of the apps here, but we’ve selected a wide variety of useful and innovative titles that we think make for a great starter kit.

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10 great accessories for your new Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2015

The Apple Watch officially goes on sale today, and if you happen to be one of the lucky ones picking one up (or having one delivered to you), you may be wondering what kind of accessories are available for it. Unfortunately, as with most major product launches, the choices are limited.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. We’ve put together a list of 10 accessories for your new Apple Watch, including cases, stands and replacement bands, that we think are worth checking out. All of the items on this list are either available now, or will be shortly, and have high ratings. Read More


Chinese court says Apple isn’t guilty of Siri patent infringement, overturns previous ruling

By Jake Smith on Apr 24, 2015

“Siri, how does it feel to be a winner?”

A Chinese appeals court has put an end to a three year patent battle over Apple’s Siri voice recognition found on its iOS line. AFP reports that Apple has won an appeal in China over the patents, overturning an earlier decision that put Apple in the guilty chair. Read More

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