Apple adds new ‘Free on iTunes’ section to iTunes

By Jake Smith on Jan 25, 2015

Apple has updated its iTunes Store app on iOS and desktop in the US with a new “Free on iTunes” section found on the homepage to help users find content without having to spend money.

As the name implies, the “Free on iTunes” tab shows music and full length TV show episodes that can be downloaded free of charge. Read More

 

Noted analyst pegs 12″ MacBook Air for Q1, reiterates March launch of Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Pretty accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a brand new note to clients. In it, he confirmed an earlier report calling for a March release date of the Apple Watch (remember, Apple’s retail boss mentioned a vague Spring release date).

In the note, a copy of which was obtained last evening by MacRumors, Kuo also claims that a rumored MacBook Air refresh with a twelve-inch Retina display and a radically redesigned chassis will go on sale during the first quarter of this year. Read More

 

23 new jailbreak tweaks to check out

By Sébastien Page on Jan 25, 2015

Looking at the amount of new tweaks released this past week, it seems that there definitely is a slowdown happening. For reference, the last couple weeks had seen 30+ releases, some of them being massive tweaks too.

The last few days have indeed been more quiet, and the Jailbreak Tweaks section on iDB is a testimony of that. But let’s not get discouraged. Maybe it was just one of those slow weeks, and things will pick up again in the next few days. In the meantime, have a look at these 23 tweaks and let us know which ones have peeked your interest. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac pulled from Mac App Store over running afoul of Twitter’s token ceiling

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2015

Bad news, Tweetbot fans. Developer Paul Haddad woke up this morning to the realization that his popular Twitter client for the Mac has been pulled from the Mac App Store.

As if the app’s disappearance wasn’t enough, existing copies are experiencing authentication issues, allegedly over reaching Twitter’s strict limits on how many users are permitted to login to a particular application, as first discovered by 9to5Mac.

“We are aware of Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” reads the official tweet from developer Tapbots. “We have contacted Twitter and are waiting for a response. Thanks for your patience.” Read More

 

Superbowl XLIX wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

By Jim Gresham on Jan 25, 2015

The annual event where everyone in America acts like they loved football year round. For die hard fans, Super Bowl XLIX is the culmination of a destiny for their chosen team. After many Sundays and Mondays of ceaselessly cheering, the Super Bowl is a proving grounds for only the top two NFL teams.

In stark contrast, many more Americans crowd around the TV for plenty of beer, hot wings, nachos, beanie weenies, peanut butter filled pretzels, potato chips, and the commercials. Regardless of allegiance, millions of people will watch for some reason, even if they just happen to be in the same room for social purposes. To celebrate the madness, show your team spirit with these Superbowl XLIX wallpapers and cheer on your team in the comment section below. Read More

 

About the Apple Watch battery life, and other news picks

By Sébastien Page on Jan 25, 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.

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Your spare iOS device can be turned into a home security camera with Manything

By Lory Gil on Jan 24, 2015

Most of us have at least one extra iOS device lying around somewhere that doesn’t get used as much as the others. Instead of letting it sit around, slowly losing battery life, why not set it up to be a home security monitor?

Manything is a free app that you can download onto two iOS devices. One device acts as the camera to record everything, while the other acts as the remote viewer so you can check in to see what your cat is up to while you are away. Read More

 

Apps of the Week: Dragon Quest V, Yak Dash, the LEGO Movie Video Game, and more

By Lory Gil on Jan 24, 2015

Now that we are nearly a full month into 2015, how many of you have stuck to your New Year’s resolutions? If any of them are to stop playing with your iPhone so much, you are in big trouble.

This week, a bunch of great apps and games launched in the App Store and we’ve got a list of some we think you’ll find hard to resist. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 23

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wacky 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 got some great apps and games that should help you get through the weekend. Read More

 

Getting things done all in one app is an easy task with Handle

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Yes, there are dozens of apps out there that feature any number of different ways to keep your productivity levels at their maximum. Some of them catch my attention because they offer some new action to help speed up the workload.

Handle: To-Dos + Email + Calendar is a productivity app that features a section for Gmail, to-do lists, and access to your Google Calendar. We’ve got a quick app review of Handle for your reading pleasure. Read More

 

Sprint responds to T-Mobile’s Smartphone Equality with a $200 minimum trade-in credit

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

Yesterday, T-Mobile in a typical Un-carrier move dropped credit checks to permit its loyal users, especially prepaid customers, those with a weak credit and ones on a monthly voice plan, to enjoy the best deals and zero-down offers.

It didn’t take rival Sprint long to respond.

Targeting T-Mobile customers, Sprint said today that it’ll be guaranteeing switchers a minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current T-Mobile smartphone in good condition, and up to $350 per line to cover switching costs. Read More

 

It seems 12″ MacBook Air’s logo doesn’t glow

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

As soon as Chinese website iFanr posted a bunch of photos last night showing what appears to be a display assembly for Apple’s rumored twelve-inch Retina MacBook Air, one particular design feature immediately stood out: a polished logo on the lid.

And if the latest leak published by French blog NowhereElse.fr is anything to go by, it seems that Apple’s radically redesigned notebook will in fact lose its traditional backlit translucent logo on the lid in favor of a metallic one that doesn’t glow. Read More

 

Build your own platformer levels with Adventure Time Game Wizard

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

If you’ve ever had a secret wish to be a game designer, you are not alone. Many of us wish we were creative enough to make a game that could bring the world together, but just don’t have the talent or time.

Adventure Time Game Wizard is a platformer based on the popular Cartoon Network series that lets you actually draw your own levels and then import them into the game and play them. Read More

 

Apple hires another Burberry exec ahead of Apple Watch launch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

After appointing former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts its new Senior Vice President of Apple Retail, and having recently hired Burberry’s social media executive Musa Tariq, Apple has now poached another high-profile executive from the British luxury fashion house.

As first discovered by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Chester Chipperfield, the Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design at Burberry, has now joined the Cupertino firm. Read More

 

Apple bows to pressure, consents to security audits of iPhones, iPads and Macs sold in China

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

CEO Tim Cook has agreed to allow Chinese government officials to conduct security audits on Apple devices sold in China, IDG News Service reported yesterday.

The surprising development comes amid tensions that have erupted in the 1.33 billion people country, Apple’s second largest market by revenue, over allegations that other governments are using Apple devices for surveillance and accusations of state-sponsored phishing attacks on Apple’s iCloud users. Read More

 

Any.DO task manager lands on the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

Any.DO, the popular task management app for the iPhone and iPad, is now available for Mac computers, its creators said Friday.

Available immediately at no cost in the Mac App Store, Any.DO lets you create and manage lists, share tasks with teams and family members, attach notes and files to any task, add comments and rich media to items, collaborate in real-time and much more. Read More

 

Claimed photos of 12″ MacBook Air display assembly surface

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

Chinese website iFanr on Friday posted a series of claimed photographs said to depict a display for Apple’s rumored MacBook Air redesign featuring a twelve-inch Retina screen display assembly with black glass cover and a polished Apple logo.

Earlier in the month, Taiwanese trade publication learned that Apple supplier Quanta Computer had begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air ahead of launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Read More

 

Timeline helps you make better sense of the subject matter

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Sometimes, I’ll read an article about some subject and wonder what the history is behind it. If I have time, I might even perform a search to track down more useful information. However, most of the time, I just think about it and move on.

Timeline is much more than a news reader. It takes headline news and adds historical context to help you understand the content much deeper. We’ve got an in-depth app review of Timeline for you today. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for January 22

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 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 a number of app and game releases you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Official mobile game of The LEGO Movie hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

Hey kids, if you loved The LEGO Movie now is your chance to enjoy the same fun characters and environments in an interactive iPhone and iPad game.

Released today in the App Store, the LEGO Movie Video Game contains more than 90 characters from the film and over 40 missions. It’s a classic LEGO fun so you’ll get to build your own virtual LEGO creations using the Master Builders. Read More

 
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