Jony Ive shows off exclusive Apple Watch Sport band colors in Milan

By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2015

Apple continued its PR push for Apple Watch in Italy this evening, Jony Ive hosting a Design Week event in Milan allowing folks to try on the new wearable. The design chief also used the occasion to unveil what appear to be exclusive new colorways for the Apple Watch Sport band.

The photos you see both above and below, first spotted by 9to5Mac, were posted to Instagram by Umberta Gnutti Beretta, wife of heir to the Beretta firearms empire Franco. In them you can see Ive posing for photos, and a platter with dark blue, red, yellow, and light pink Sport bands. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 17

By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 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’ve picked out several great app deals and new games to get you through the weekend. Read More


Great deal: the complete ‘Learn to Code’ bundle is 94% off

By iDB Deals on Apr 17, 2015

It’s a common perception that learning to code is enormously difficult, requiring years of schooling and thousands of dollars of investment. In reality, it’s not as daunting as it sounds; with the right resources, you can learn how to program without breaking the bank and committing to long-term education. The Complete 2015 Learn to Code Bundle is an easy yet comprehensive way to start learning an extremely valuable skill set, and our deal makes it available for 94% off – just $59. Read More


Tune Belt sports armband will fit an iPhone 6 with or without a case

By Lory Gil on Apr 17, 2015

While some of us will be using our new Apple Watch to listen to tunes and record our health data when we exercise, there are still a lot of people that need another means to keep their devices from flopping round in their pockets while they run.

The Tune Belt sports armband straps your iPhone 6 to your arm so you can have it nearby without having to carry a fanny pack around with you. The protective case is large enough to fit your iPhone in a thick case, as well. Read More


How to download Instagram photos or videos to iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2015

Instagram has a fantastic community of photographers, with some of them more gifted than others. Every once in a while, I’ll see a photo or video on Instagram that I want to save to my iPhone for later viewing, or simply because I find it interesting.

The problem is Instagram doesn’t let you save photos or videos from within the app. I’m not completely sure why this isn’t an option, but I’d argue that copyright laws may have something to do with that, along with the fact that Instagram wants you to use the app rather than download photos directly to your iPhone.

With that said, there are of course ways you can download Instagram videos or photos to your iPhone. While using jailbreak tweaks is an option, we’ll focus on App Store apps that allow you to save content from Instagram to your iPhone. Read More


How to enable iPhone’s power-charging chime on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

When you plug in your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a power outlet, a brief auditory confirmation is played to indicate that a cable is attached and the device is getting power.

Wouldn’t it be cool if your Mac notebook could this?

You’re in the luck: enabling the iOS power chime sound effect on the Mac involves executing a simple Terminal command, which enables the effect on any Mac model, even if it’s sleeping or the screen is locked. Proud owners of Apple’s new twelve-inch MacBook needn’t even finish reading this article because their machine came with the power-charging chime enabled by default. Read More


Scott Forstall is now producing a Broadway musical

By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2015

Scott Forstall just announced that he has taken on a new project, and it doesn’t have anything to do with tech. In his first-ever tweet, the former iOS chief said that he is co-producing the Broadway musical “Fun Home,” and it is slated to open this Sunday.

Forstall’s name doesn’t appear to be mentioned on the Fun Home website, but a quick search reveals the show’s Playbill, which lists both Scott and his wife Molly as producers. “This is Scott and Molly’s first foray on Broadway after years in Silicon Valley.” Read More


Eclair hides open apps when locking your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 17, 2015

Have you ever unlocked your iPhone only to be presented with an app or website that you didn’t want to appear? Perhaps you were previously looking at something embarrassing, shopping for a gift, etc.

I know I always kill my Music app after listening to my favorite Taylor Swift songs, because I don’t want people to judge me. The problem is, it’s nearly impossible to always remember to do this, and it’s easy to forget what you had opened last.

Eclair is a brand new jailbreak tweak that remedies this issue. It will automatically hide the last opened app after locking your device. That way, you’ll be met with a Home screen page instead of the last running app. Read More


Athlete shows off Apple Watch with custom red Sport Band and folding charging plug

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

With such a high-profile launch of a new-category (fashionable) gadget on its hands, little wonder Apple is admittedly enlisting help of the world’s top fashion editors, celebrities and athletes in an unprecedented attempt to position the gizmo in the public’s consciousness.

The latest in celebrity Watch signings came via British professional rugby player and captain turned cyclist, Will Carling.

Earlier today, Carling on Twitter showed off his stainless steel Apple Watch sporting what appears to be a bespoke red Sport band. Read More


Apple shows off Watch at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair, with executives on hand

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

Apple is showing off the Apple Watch at the Salone Del Mobile Design fair in Milan, Italy, with SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, and industrial designer, Marc Newson, both on hand at the event.

The device is displayed in rows of glass-topped tables inside the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria. In addition to using literally the same tables found in its own retail stores, Apple’s replicated the U.S. Apple Store try-on experience at the fair.

This despite the device not yet being available for pre-order in Italy. Thankfully, Italian blog and French site have provided several photographs of Schiller and Newson showing off their device and posing for photographs. Read More


Twitterrific hits Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

Twitterrific developer The Iconfactory last evening announced immediate availability of Twitterrific for Apple Watch.

The company’s freemium Twitter client for the iPhone and iPad was refreshed on the App Store with all-new Apple Watch functionality in the form of Glances, Notifications and the recent activity view. Twitterrific’s Glances put retweets, favorites and new followers you’ve received over the past 24 hours, in addition to the current unread tweet count, right on your wrist.

But don’t you worry, you’ll be able to fine-tune which Twitter notifications appear on your Watch so you don’t get inundated with unwanted alerts. Interestingly enough, The Iconfactory has opted for an unusual route of by requiring you to upgrade to Twitterrific’s push notifications via a one-time $1.99 In-App Purchase in order to unlock the full Apple Watch functionality. Read More


Apple Pay reportedly launches in Canada in November, banks mulling secondary authentication

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

It appears that the rumor which asserted that talks about bringing Apple Pay to more countries were stalling isn’t entirely accurate after all. As CNBC tweeted out on Friday, based on a Dow Jones report, Apple aims to launch Apple Pay in Canada this fall, marking the start of its international expansion of the mobile payment service.

Apparently, the Cupertino firm is in talks with the country’s six biggest banks about a potential November launch for Apple Pay’s first venture outside the U.S. Read More


Bing for iPhone gains private mode, revamped Image search, app links in search results and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

Microsoft today refreshed Bing for iPhone, adding more than half a dozen useful new features and enhancements, beginning with the Private Search Mode which will not remember your search history and sites you have visited.

Other new features include better management of your search history settings, the ability to launch native iPhone applications right from the search results page, inline previews of clips in Video search and more. Read More


Select Apple Stores now offering Watch workshops

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

In a bid to get new Watch customers up to speed and help them learn how to use their Apple wearable device, select brick-and-mortar stores are now offering a brand new workshop called ‘Apple Watch Basics,’ MacRumors discovered earlier today.

The program can be booked now and is showing up as a Concierge option on Apple’s website, with first in-store workshops slated to begin on April 24. According to Apple’s website, select stores both in the United States and in other countries are offering workshops as of today, including locations like Xidan Joy City in China. Read More


Apple officially names Steve Dowling VP of Communications

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

Apple added Steve Dowling to its online Executive Profile page on Thursday, officially naming him Vice President of Communications. Dowling had been serving as interim public relations chief since October of last year, while Apple analyzed candidates for the permanent gig.

The position opened up last summer, when longtime PR chief Katie Cotton announced her retirement. Cotton was a polarizing figure in the tech world, and well known for her aggressive protection of Apple and tight control over information during her nearly 20-year tenure. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 16

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 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 new high profile games such as WWE 2K and Amazon’s Lost Within. Read More


Apple expands CarPlay to 5 new countries

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced that it has expanded CarPlay availability to 5 new countries, including Russia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. This brings the total amount of CarPlay countries to 25.

Folks in these countries now have the ability to use Apple’s hands-free display-streaming feature with compatible vehicle models and head units, as long as they have an iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 7.1 or later firmware. Read More


Former iOS chief Scott Forstall is an advisor for Snapchat

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

Those wondering what former iOS chief Scott Forstall has been up to since leaving Apple in 2013 may be interested to know that he has been helping out Snapchat. According to leaked emails from Snapchat board member Michael Lynton, Forstall has been a paid advisor for the messaging startup since January 2014.

In fact, he’s very well paid. Lynton’s email indicates that Snapchat set aside .11% of fully-diluted stock for the ex-Apple exec, with options vesting over 24 months. And given that the company was recently valued at $15 billion, that would make Forstall’s stake worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $16.5 million. Read More


Giffage is a third-party keyboard with style

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 16, 2015

As many of you know, I’ve been quite bummed by the third-party keyboards on iOS 8. Many of them are underwhelming, and not all of the blame rests with developers. Apple’s implementation has left lot to be desired, but many of the third-party keyboard developers have done themselves no favors.

Needless to say, there hasn’t been one keyboard that I use on my iPhone outside of the stock English keyboard, and the Emoji keyboard, but that recently changed. Giffage (free) is a brand new third-party release that brings a GIF keyboard to iOS 8.

I understand that Giffage isn’t the first third-party keyboard to do GIFs, as I’ve used some of the alternatives. What I can say is that Giffage is one of the best designed and easiest-to-use third party keyboards that I’ve yet to try. The implementation is well thought out, and goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to sweating the little details. Read More


Amazon launches survival horror game ‘Lost Within’ for iOS

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2015

Amazon’s Game Studios made good on its promise today to bring mobile games to iOS, launching Lost Within in the App Store. The title falls in the ‘survival horror’ genre, costs $6.99, and supports both the iPhone and iPad.

Set within an abandoned asylum that “holds a horrific secret,” Lost Within tasks players with solving mysteries, fighting monstrous inhabitants and using stealth tactics to sneak down haunted hallways in an effort to survive. Read More

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