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+

Daily Deals: wireless HD camera $75, Apple Watch charger $19, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Angry Birds Space

by Cody Lee on Jan 19, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Angry Birds Space. This means that for the next 7 days you can pick up the popular title for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving yourself $4.

If you’ve ever played an Angry Birds game, this one shouldn’t need much explanation. It’s the same general idea, except with Space you’ll enjoy 300+ interstellar levels, new characters, gravity trick shots, and much more. Read More

 

Nintendo announces new ‘Fire Emblem’ game coming to iOS February 2

by Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2017

Nintendo on Wednesday announced that its next game released for mobile will be a new entry from the popular Fire Emblem franchise. It’s called Fire Emblem Heroes, and it is slated to launch on iOS and Android on February 2.

Like other FE titles, Heroes is a tactical roleplaying game with upgradeable characters from the series. In this all-new storyline, players are tasked with summoning warriors to fight in epic battles between two warring kingdoms. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Pioneer CarPlay receiver $275, iTunes movies $5, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphonestablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Daily Deals: $200 off MacBook Pro, Joby GorillaPod $8, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphonestablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

KGI: Kaby lake processors and more RAM coming to Mac laptops this year

by Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2017

Apple is planning updates for its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines later this year, according to a research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The noted analyst says the new notebooks will feature Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and updated RAM options.

Kuo says the refreshed 12-inch MacBook models will enter mass production as early as March, and may offer a new 16GB RAM option (currently capped off at 8GB). As for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, he doesn’t see production starting until early third quarter. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Powerbeats3 $129, Sony mirrorless camera $275, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Aura, Filmborn, songpong, and other apps to check out this weekend

by Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2017

Happy weekend everyone! We are back with another edition of our Apps of the Week roundup. This week’s list features some great selections including a new meditation app, a unique photo editor, and a new app for recording songs with friends. Plus, we have two great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Beats Solo3 headphones $220, Sony PS4 $220, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 13, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Snapchat launches universal search for improved navigation

by Cody Lee on Jan 13, 2017

Snapchat on Thursday updated its mobile app with a new universal search bar. Speaking with TechCrunch, the company says the feature was designed for speed, so you can quickly locate what you’re looking for and get back to snapping.

The new search bar is always accessible at the top of the app, and it allows you to find friends and groups and discover publishers and trending Stories. “Quick Chat” suggestions will allow you to jump straight to a specific message thread. Read More

 

US appeals court rules Apple can be sued for monopolizing app market

by Cody Lee on Jan 13, 2017

iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that it has monopolized the mobile app market by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, reports Reuters. The decision comes from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and it revives a long-standing lawsuit regarding Apple’s iPhone app practices.

In 2012, a group of iPhone users filed to sue Apple, saying its App Store exclusivity was anticompetitive. Apple responded to the suit, saying that  users purchase apps from developers, and it merely rents out the space. A lower court sided with the Cupertino company, and threw the case out, but today’s decision reverses the order. Read More

 

Apple increases max tvOS app size from 200mb to 4GB

by Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday posted a note to its developer portal, informing third-party app-makers that it has increased the maximum size for tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB. It says the change will allow apps to provide a more “complete, rich user experience upon installation.”

Previously, tvOS app downloads were capped at 200MB with the ability to download more resources after being installed. This resulted in faster installation times, but often caused users to have to wait for additional content to download before using the app or game. Read More

 

Following software fix, Consumer Reports now recommends the new MacBook Pro

by Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Following Apple’s software fix, Consumer Reports has updated its review of the new MacBook Pro, stating that it now recommends the laptop. The publication says the fix corrects the erratic battery behavior it saw during its initial testing, and all MacBook Pro models now fall “well within the recommended range” in its ratings. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

by Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday seeded iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers. Registered developers and public testers can install the update either via iOS 10’s OTA mechanism, or as a standalone download via Apple’s website.

The release comes a few hours after Apple issued the fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3, and just a few days after beta 3 was seeded for both platforms, suggesting that they are nearing closer to public launch.

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Apple’s free app of the week: Busy Shapes

by Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Busy Shapes. This means that for the next seven days you can download the hit interactive title for free for both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

Busy Shapes is an award-winning children’s app that helps kids of all ages improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles. It’s a digital playground of sorts, chock full of positive guidance and motivation. Read More

 

Daily Deals: stereo gaming headset under $16, HDTV antenna $9, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Daily Deals: Fitbit Charge 2 $115, LG 34″ UltraWide display $700, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discountpercentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

Swift creator leaves Apple to be Tesla’s VP of Autopilot Software

by Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2017

Swift creator Chris Lattner is leaving Apple to take a position as Vice President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. Lattner announced his departure Tuesday on a Swift.org forum, and Tesla published a blog post shortly after welcoming him to the company.

Lattner has been at Apple since 2005, and is credited with building early versions of the Swift programming language in 2010, before a team was formed to further the project. Most recently, he held the title of Senior Director of the Developer Tools team. Read More

 

Daily Deals: iPad mini 4 $280, MacBook Air $800, and more

by Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

MacBook Pro battery: hidden Safari setting led to flawed results in Consumer Reports tests

by Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2017

Apple has come to the conclusion that a hidden setting in Safari caused the odd battery results in Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro review that kept the publication from recommending the laptop. In a statement to AppleInsider, the company said it worked with CR’s team over the holidays and determined that its testing methods were flawed. Read More

 
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