Tim Cook: there is no reason why you would have to choose between privacy and security

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 28, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on the final leg of his tour of Isreal and Europe and has been speaking to UK publication The Telegraph about a range of things including Apple customers’ privacy and of all things, terrorism.

Known for his unusual stance on privacy – one which doesn’t jive with other high profile tech executives who are happy to share everything about you – Cook told the publication during an interview that he feels people’s information is being “trafficked around” in ways that they just don’t yet understand. Read More

 

Apple reportedly planning Force Touch for 2015 ‘iPhone 6s’ lineup

By Jake Smith on Feb 28, 2015

The 2015 line of iPhones that are expected to launch this fall will feature the Force Touch input that is found on the Apple Watch, according to AppleInsider.

The Apple rumor publication, citing its own sources, says the next-generation handsets are internally codenamed “N71″ for the 4.7-inch model and “N66″ for the 5.5-inch version. They’re said to keep the “iPhone 6s” naming convention like the iPhone 5s, and like with every “S” model release, will retain the same design as the previous version. Read More

 

Great deal: 3 Years of VPN Unlimited for just $19

By iDB Deals on Feb 28, 2015

One of our most popular deals from the iDownloadBlog Deals store, you can get 3 years of VPN Unlimited for just $19. Unblock restricted content, protect yourself over Wi-Fi and increase your surfing or streaming speed, knowing whatever you are doing and wherever you are in the world, your connection is private and secure. Read More

 

Sopio, Icetris, FontLab, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on Feb 28, 2015

With Apple’s big announcement for a March 9 special event, it is difficult to stay focused on apps and games. However, we still need to keep you guys up-to-date with new content coming out each week.

Soon, these lists will include updates to your favorites titles with Apple Watch compatibility. But until then, we will continue to bring you information on new apps and games to check out this weekend. Read More

 

Sprint launches $65 per month unlimited plan for iPhone 6

By Jake Smith on Feb 27, 2015

Sprint announced on Friday it’s beginning a $65 per month unlimited plan for the iPhone 6, exclusively offered through Best Buy.

The plan is called the “Best Buy One Plan” and requires a customer to lease a 16GB iPhone 6 with a two-year contract (which is $20 per month).  Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 27

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 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 we have more great game deals for you as we head into the weekend! Read More

 

Great deal ending tomorrow: choose your price on the Learn to Design Bundle

By iDB Deals on Feb 27, 2015

Calling all wannabe designers: this is your last chance to take advantage of our Learn to Design mega bundle at the price you choose! The offer ends Saturday, so you should check it out now.

Bringing together 8 fantastic training courses, with a combined value of  $840, when you complete this package you’ll be able to call yourself a designer. Learn how to master some of Adobe’s flagship products, become a UX expert and create wonderful web pages with hundreds of tutorials and over 80 hours of video content. Read More

 

Workflow updated with 9 new actions and bug fixes, syncing between devices coming soon

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

One of my favorite apps, Workflow ($2.99), just received a significant 1.1.1 update on the App Store. Version 1.1.1 brings bug fixes and several significant new actions to the table, including Giphy search for quickly searching for GIF animated images; Convert Image, for quickly converting image file types, and more. Read More

 

iOS 8.2 beta 2 is no longer being signed

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

Bad news for would-be jailbreakers of iOS 8.2 beta 1 or beta 2—both firmwares are no longer being signed. There seems to be conflicting reports going around about whether or not Apple has killed access to beta 1, beta 2, or both beta firmwares, but I can personally confirm that Apple has shut down access to both.

Why is this significant? It’s significant because iOS 8.2 beta 1 and beta 2 were the only firmwares available that allowed users to jailbreak using PP Jailbreak on Mac or TaiG on Windows. Read More

 

TagExplorer: edit metdadata tags for media directly on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

If you’ve ever had the desire to edit the metadata tags for the media content on your iPhone, then TagExplorer is a brand new $2.99 jailbreak app that you’ll want to, ahem…explore. It brings metadata editing capability to the iPhone, and allows users to edit the tags for music, podcasts, videos, and more. It even lets users locally edit tags for music downloaded from iTunes match. Read More

 

How to quickly toggle dark mode using a keyboard shortcut on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2015

Dark mode is one of the more popular features of OS X Yosemite, because it allows you to add a dark tint to both the dock and the menu bar on Mac. The standard way to enable dark mode involves venturing to System Preferences, opening the General section, and clicking on the enable dark mode option. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could toggle dark mode using a simple keyboard shortcut?

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Apple highlighting indie game sales in featured App Store section

By Cody Lee on Feb 27, 2015

Apple is currently highlighting several indie game sales in a new featured App Store section called ‘Amazing Indie Games.’ Users can find the section by visiting the ‘Featured’ section of the App Store and tapping on the banner image you see above.

All of the games listed in the section are made by independent developers (an individual or small team), and are being discounted by at least 50% for a limited time. Titles include Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure, Battleheart Legacy, Rules! and more. Read More

 

Google wants to one-up Apple’s iSpaceship with spectacular all-glass greenhouse-style Googleplex

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Google on Friday submitted a proposal for a new campus to Mountain View’s outgoing City Council and boy does the new building look spectacular. Renderings of the project, shared with the public, reveal the scope of Google’s ambitiously conceived new project.

Seeking to redevelop part of its existing campus in North Bayshore, the new all-glass building could be more adaptable to a changing company, bring new life to the environment, save energy and create a sense of community with bike paths and space for local businesses. Read More

 

BGR: iOS 8.2 launching next Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Apple is shooting to release iOS 8.2 for public consumption next Monday, March 2, 2015, “or the following week at the absolute latest,” according to BGR editor Jonathan Geller who spoke to sources in the know.

March 2 is a Monday, an unusual day for an iOS software update, but so is March 9 when Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event is due, at which it’s expected to talk Apple Watch specifics.

Moreover, as many as four betas of iOS 8.3 could be issued before that software update is ready for public release, the BGR founder and editor has learned. He mentioned earlier in the month that iOS 8.2 would be arriving some time in March, but didn’t provide a timeframe. Read More

 

Upcoming Pinner for Apple Watch to bring comprehensive bookmark discovery to your wrist

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Following Apple’s announcement of the March 9 media event, UK-based developer Sam Oakley, the brains behind the Pinner for Pinboard iOS app, has shared a preview of his upcoming Apple Watch app.

Pinner for the iPhone and iPad is a delightful app for managing your Pinboard in bookmarks. Unlike many other Watch apps that only offer basic functionality of their iOS counterparts, Pinner for Apple Watch has a full-on set of easy to use features to help explore Pinterest bookmarks in compelling new ways. Read More

 

Google Maps update adds Local Guides, detailed POI/venue info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

The Internet giant Google on Friday issued a refresh to its native mapping application for the iPhone and iPad, adding Local Guides and a couple other nice-to-haves.

A global community of the top reviewers on Google, Local Guides now appear in Google Maps 4.3 for iOS.

You can also add transit directions to your calendar.

Search has been improved, too, with the ability to search for event information for select venues, nearby businesses based on their address and even retrieve fun facts about popular points of interest. Read More

 

Samsung is even copying Apple EarPods for the Galaxy S6

By Jake Smith on Feb 27, 2015

The earbuds that will ship alongside the Galaxy S6 after it’s announced on March 1 have been leaked to the world, and once again, it looks like Samsung isn’t shy when it comes to copying Apple’s designs.

While Apple didn’t necessarily invent the earbud, it has made them popular by shipping them with each iOS device it sells. If the earbud leak from Tinhte.vn is true, it isn’t only the smartphone that Samsung is copying. Read More

 

Tim Cook: Apple Watch will replace car keys, battery will last whole day and other tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

While making an unannounced visit to Apple’s flagship retail store in London’s Covent Garden, CEO Tim Cook dropped a few more hints about the upcoming wrist-worn device, expected to mark Apple’s foray into wearables come this April.

As The Telegraph reported, Apple’s chief executive said the Watch will replace your car keys, reward exercise, filter messages and more. Read More

 

ABC News expands to Apple TV owners in Germany, France, UK, Sweden and Hungary

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

ABC News, which last year debuted its inaugural Apple TV channel in the U.S., is now available to owners of Apple’s $99 set-top box in Germany, no subscription required. As first noted by German blog iFun.de, it includes live and recorded shows and local news broadcasts from major U.S. cities.

This includes content from WABC (New York), KABC (Los Angeles), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), WTVD (Raleigh), KFSN (Fresno) and WISN (Milwaukee).

Tipsters have confirmed that ABC News is now also available to Apple TV owners in France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden and other European countries. Read More

 

Poll: thinness vs. better iPhone battery

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Handset vendors stubbornly insist on making their gadgets thinner at a time when consumers have largely been craving for better battery life.

Apple, like no other company, is a poster child for the industry’s obsession with thinness. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, its slim profile gets prominently featured and communicated in ads.

This point was especially brought home for me in a recent Wall Street Journal article which argues that “survey after survey reveals there is one thing consumers wish manufacturers would change about their gadgets” and it’s better battery life.

Our poll today deals with this issue as we seek to learn whether you, our loyal readers, would rather have a millimeter or two thicker device with a stronger battery or as thins a phone as possible with a good enough battery. Read More

 
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