About Cody Lee

In 2011, Cody turned his part-time hobby of writing about Apple and the mobile industry into a full time job, and hasn’t looked back since. In his spare time, he’s a self-proclaimed pool shark and likes hanging out on the beach. You can email him at cody [at] idownloadblog.com or follow him on Twitter and Google+

Apple ‘actively investigating’ alleged iCloud hack that led to celeb photo leak

by Cody Lee on Sep 1, 2014

After nearly 24 hours of silence, Apple has finally commented on the alleged iCloud hack that led to a massive leak yesterday of nude celebrity photos. The Cupertino-based company says that it is aware of the reports and is “actively investigating” the claim.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Recode in a statement. She did not, however, provide any additional details on the attack, or if iCloud was even the source of the photos. Read More

 

Hacker leaks dozens of nude celebrity pics in alleged iCloud hack

by Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

Twitter, Reddit and several other social networks are blowing up this evening with talk of a major nude celebrity photo leak. The trove first appeared on 4chan’s /b/ thread earlier today, and it includes Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and several others.

The pictures were allegedly retrieved through a vulnerability in Apple’s iCloud service, which allowed the celebrities’ phones to be hacked. Thus far, no one has confirmed that iCloud was actually breached, and few details are known about the attack, or the attacker. Read More

 

Good deal: 50% off TextExpander for Mac

by Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

Heads up folks, Stack Social is offering an incredible deal right now for a popular Mac productivity app. For a limited time, you can grab Smile Software’s TextExpander 4 for 50% off from the deal site, saving you a cool $17.

For those unfamiliar with the application, TextExpander allows you to save frequently used text and photos as keyboard shortcuts. This includes everything from an email address, to a canned response that’s paragraphs long. Read More

 

The new Apple campus construction site, as seen from a drone

by Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

A new video surfaced last week, offering a great look at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus construction site. If you’ll recall, Apple was given the green light by the Cupertino City Council last fall to start the project, and it appears that builders are already making serious headway.

Drone enthusiast ‘jmcminn’ uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero. The clip is worth watching both from a technological standpoint (hello, it was shot with a consumer drone), and for the peek at Campus 2. Read More

 

Apple strikes deals with American Express and MasterCard for new iPhone payments system

by Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2014

Recode is reporting this morning that Apple has struck a deal with American Express, to work together on its new iPhone payments system. Citing sources familiar with the talks, the site says AmEx is just one of the many credit card firms the company has been talking to for the project.

Apple’s new payments system is expected to allow iPhone 6 owners to pay for things at brick-and-morter stores using the handset. It’s believed that the system will utilize NFC technology, and Recode’s sources say that Apple’s Touch ID tech will be involved in the process at some point. Read More

 

New Snapchat update allows you to follow live events via Stories

by Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

Snapchat pushed out an interesting update for its mobile apps today, bringing the iOS client to version 7.0.6. Though the change log in the App Store only mentions ‘improvements and bug fixes,’ what went on behind the scenes is actually fairly significant.

Users will notice a new ‘Live’ section in the app, courtesy of Our Stories, a product Snapchat introduced during the summer that lets anyone contribute snaps to a single story. With Live, users will be able to follow events as they unfold, from various angles. Read More

 

AT&T offering $100 bill credit for customers that sign up for Next

by Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

AT&T announced this afternoon that, starting today, both new and existing subscribers are eligible for a $100 bill credit when activating a new line of service with a smartphone on Next—AT&T’s upgrade program that allows customers to get new devices on installment plans.

More specifically, the Next program allows qualifying customers to get a new mobile device for $0 down, without upgrade or activation fees, and no annual contract. The cost of the equipment is spread over a two-year term, which makes this $100 promo somewhat appealing. Read More

 

Sapphire compared to Gorilla Glass in durability test

by Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

The repair experts over at uBreakiFix have posted a video comparing the durability of smartphone displays made of sapphire and Gorilla Glass. The comparison comes amidst ongoing speculation that the upcoming iPhone 6 may feature a sapphire screen.

Results from the test may surprise you, as although the sapphire display did prove to be significantly more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass, it was also far more susceptible to impact breaks due to its stiffness and brittleness. Watch the full video below. Read More

 

T-Mobile sends out invites for September 10th ‘Uncarrier 7.0′ event

by Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

T-Mobile today sent out invitations to a media event scheduled for September 10th—notably the day after Apple’s iPhone keynote. As you can see in the image above provided by TmoNews, the invite reads “This time it’s personal,” with “7.0″ printed largely in the background.

The event will be held in San Francisco, at the T-Mobile store on the corner of Market and 3rd street, and begins at 1 pm on the aforementioned date. There’s no word on what will be discussed, but T-Mobile usually uses these occasions to make major strategic announcements. Read More

 

iPhone 6 built from various leaked parts partially boots up on video

by Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

Modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk has posted a video this afternoon of what is believed to be a complete 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The firm, which has demonstrated its ability to get its hands on rare parts in the past, says it constructed the device from leaked parts.

We’ve seen a plethora of these leaked parts over the past few weeks, as Apple suppliers are presumably ramping up next-gen iPhone production ahead of next month’s event. But this is the first time we’ve ever seen the handset wholly assembled, and turned on. Read More

 

Apple reportedly working with NXP on NFC solution for iPhone 6

by Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2014

The Financial Times is reporting this morning that Apple has tapped Dutch chipmaker NXP to produce NFC chips for the upcoming iPhone 6. Citing several people familiar with the project, the site claims the secure, short-range wireless technology will facilitate transactions in a new mobile payment service.

The report doesn’t add much in the way of new details, but it does corroborate with the ongoing consensus that after shunning the technology for several years, Apple has finally decided to add NFC to its handsets. Wired and Recode had similar scoops yesterday, as did well-connected blogger John Gruber. Read More

 

New reports suggest only more expensive 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to be unveiled next month

by Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

Apple this morning sent out invitations for a media event on September 9th, where the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 and a new wearable device. We’ve heard conflicting theories on whether or not we’ll see one or two new handsets on stage, but a new report out this afternoon suggests the former.

According to website GforGames, “informed sources” are telling Chinese media outlets that only the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will make an appearance at the event, alongside a new 5s model with 8GB of storage. Apparently the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will make its debut later this year in limited quantities. Read More

 

Instagram is down, it’s not just you! [update: it's back]

by Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

If you’ve noticed that Instagram isn’t working properly this afternoon, it’s not just you. Several users have taken to Twitter to complain that the popular image-sharing service is down, and a few of us here at iDB have confirmed the outage.

While parts of the app are still working for some folks, it seems that the Explore tab isn’t loading for most users, and many are having issues getting their personal feeds to load. We’re also seeing ’503 Service Unavailable’ in the News tab. Read More

 

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

by Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

Apple has named Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage it’s App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the popular game for both iPhone and iPad for free—a decent savings of $1.

For those who aren’t familiar with the game, it was created by Angry Birds hit-maker Rovio Entertainment and Nitrome. It’s essentially a Cut The Rope-style physics-based puzzler, which has you rescuing vikings from blocks of ice. Read More

 

Bioshock now available in the App Store for $14.99

by Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2014

Heads up gamers, a major new title has landed on iOS this evening. The official mobile port of 2K Game’s Bioshock—thought by some to be one of the best first person shooters of all time—is now available in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for $15.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s set in an underwater Utopia in the midst of a civil war. You play as Jack, a cast-away from an airplane crash who finds himself trapped in this mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. Read More

 
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