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+

Beats Music app updated with new Offline mode, in-app subscriptions and more

by Cody Lee on Apr 19, 2014

Beats Music updated its iPhone client late last night, bringing the app to version 1.0.7. The update brings about a number of improvements, including better Facebook and Twitter account management, a new Find Your Friends feature for locating and following your Facebook friends, and more.

Perhaps the biggest change, though, is that the app now supports in-app subscriptions. This means that users now have the ability to bill their monthly subscription fee directly to their iTunes account. There’s also a new Offline listening mode and thousands of new tracks available for The Sentence… Read More

 

New iPhone 6 mockups based on leaked case dimensions and other intel

by Cody Lee on Apr 18, 2014

Well-known designer and concept artist Martin Hajek has teamed up with the folks over at Nowhereelse.fr to create what could be the most accurate iPhone 6 renderings to date. The mockups show a device that was created based on recent information, including MacFan’s schematic drawing from last month, and this week’s case leak.

For the most part, the renderings match up with everything we’ve seen thus far regarding Apple’s next smartphone. Hajek depicts the iPhone 6 as extremely thin, with rounded corners, and a display that’s noticeably larger than current models. It also features a new Sleep/Wake button, which has been moved to the right side of the handset… Read More

 

Facebook app updated with direct comment replies and more

by Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

Facebook rolled out an update for its iOS client this evening, bringing the app to version 9.0. The update brings about a handful of new features, including the ability to reply directly to comments.

The ability to reply directly to comments has been a wish list item for users for quite some time. Don’t get too excited though, it’ll only be available on select Pages that have enabled the feature… Read More

 

RadioShack dropping subsidized price on 16GB iPhone 5s to $100

by Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

Folks still in the market for an iPhone 5s may be interested to know that RadioShack will soon be offering a significant discount on the handset. Starting tomorrow, the nationwide retailer will begin selling the 16GB model of the 5s for just $99.99 in-store with a qualifying 2-year contract.

That’s $100 cheaper than most carriers and third party sellers have the entry-level iPhone 5s priced at, and is among one of the best deals we’ve seen on the smartphone. Additionally, RadioShack says it’s offering a $100 credit for folks trading in an eligible iPhone 4s, making the 5s free… Read More

 

Patent filing reveals Apple’s work on gesture-based passwords

by Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

 The US Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of interesting Apple patent applications yesterday. The filings are titled ‘Gesture entry techniques,’ and together they describe a device-unlocking feature that involves a user drawing a custom pattern on a screen by connecting illuminated dots.

Apple filed for the patent in late 2012, several years after Google introduced a very similar feature in Android. It would appear, though, that the iPad-maker’s version of the gesture-based password is at least slightly more advanced, as it can account for swipe speed, use of invisible dots, and more… Read More

 

Dropbox acquires cloud-based photo management service Loom

by Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

Following the debut of its new Carousel photo and video management app last week, Dropbox announced today that it has acquired Loom, a cloud-based service for storing your photos. The move should surprise no one, as both companies have very similar goals, but it will affect end users.

Starting today, Loom is no longer accepting new users, and the service will officially shut down on May 16. Current users have until then to act if they wish to save any of their photos/videos by either exporting them to Dropbox, with no interruption in service, or downloading them via a zip file… Read More

 

Upcoming ‘Castaway Paradise’ is an Animal Crossing-like game for iPad

by Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

It doesn’t look like Nintendo is going be bringing any of its games over to iOS anytime soon—despite pleas from both fans and critics—so iPhone and iPad gamers are going to have to make do with the titles they have. Fortunately, that list will soon include Castaway Paradise, which looks and plays a lot like Animal Crossing.

For those unfamiliar with Animal Crossing, it’s a cluster of community simulation games developed by Nintendo. Set in a village of talking animals, players are tasked with carrying out a variety of activities in an open-ended storyline. And if you consider yourself a fan, you should check out Stolen Couch’s ‘Castaway Paradise.’ Read More

 

‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ for iPad now available worldwide

by Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its digital card trading game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac, and as promised, it has brought the game to iOS. The title soft-launched for iPad earlier this month, and now it’s available in App Stores worldwide.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, for those unfamiliar with it, is a strategy card game set in the Warcraft universe. Players compete in 1v1 battles—either against the computer or via Battle.net—in an effort to grow the size and power of their card collections… Read More

 

Texas Instruments pledges support for iBeacon tech in several Bluetooth products

by Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2014

It’s been almost a year now since Apple unveiled its iBeacon geolocation technology, and I really don’t think it could have hoped for better results. The tech has been implemented in a number of settings including retail and grocery stores, MLB ballparks, and more, and it seems to get more popular every day.

As evidence of that, Texas Instruments pledged its faith in iBeacon today, announcing support for the tech across its Bluetooth low energy portfolio including chips for embedded and automotive applications. The company also launched a new iBeacon-location app that works with its SensorTag development kit… Read More

 

Corel launches new Pinnacle Studio video editing app for iPhone

by Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2014

Corel, the Canadian software behind long-time hit titles like CorelDRAW and Paint Shop Pro, has released a new app for iPhone today called ‘Pinnacle Studio.’ It’s a powerful video editing app that offers a wide range of editing features and special effects.

Looking to spruce up a home video? Pinnacle’s montage templates allow you to create multi-layer 3D animations, transitions and titles. Want hi-def? The app supports video shot in 24, 25 and 30 fps and outputs in full-1080p. Keep reading for a full overview… Read More

 

Fandango app updated with new design, new rating system and more

by Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2014

Whether you use it or not, the Fandango Movies app for iOS is a fairly big deal. Not only does it offer up movie info and trailers, but it also facilitates theater ticket purchases. In fact, you can start the process with Siri, as Fandango is deeply integrated into the assistant.

Anyway, the app got a major makeover this morning, with the release of Fandango 6.0. You’ll notice the visual changes right away—particularly in movie pages, theater lists—as well as the all-new ratings system, spotlight carousel, and a number of other enhancements… Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers

by Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Apple has seeded another beta for OS X 10.9.3 to registered Mac developers this afternoon. The update comes one week after the sixth beta of 10.9.3 was released, which brought about few notable changes.

The new beta build is available to registered Mac developers through the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store, or as a complete download via the Mac section of Apple’s online developer portalRead More

 

Real Racing 3 updated with new ‘open wheel’ vehicles, expanded roster and more

by Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Hot on the heels of its major Aston Martin update last month, the folks at EA have posted another new version of its popular Real Racing 3 game today that brings about new ‘open wheel’ vehicles, an expanded roster and more.

The new vehicles fall under the new ‘Open Wheelers’ category, and include classics such as the Caterham Seven 620R, Ariel Atom 3.5 and Atom V8. The 2014 Porsche 911 RSR and Hyundai Veloster Turbo have also been added… Read More

 

Tech companies ask court to keep Steve Jobs’ personality out of hiring trial

by Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Although the patent battle with Samsung is far from over in northern California, Apple’s legal team has to start preparing for another high profile trial coming up next month. The iPad-maker, along with Google and others, is being sued over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley.

This week, those companies in a joint court filing asked that witnesses in the upcoming suit not be allowed to offer evidence that Steve Jobs was “a bully.” Emails regarding the case are fine, but excerpts from the Isaacson bio and other sources should be barred from admission… Read More

 

Google launches new ‘Helpouts’ iPhone app

by Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Google this afternoon launched an iPhone client for its growing learning and tutorial service called Helpouts. The app gives users the ability to find and schedule Helpouts, start their own free Helpout, read reviews and listing details, and send other users messages.

For those unfamiliar with Google’s ‘Helpouts’ service, it’s a website that connects you to experts from various fields including cooking, health and Art & Music. These experts hold video classes teaching you how to do everything from playing the guitar, to editing photos…

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Screens VNC 3.0 for Mac is out with all-new design, menu bar icon and more

by Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Fans of Edovia’s ‘Screens’ application will be happy to hear that the studio has updated the popular VNC client for Mac to version 3.0. The release follows a major update to the iOS app in December, and brings an all-new design, several new features and various other improvements.

For those who haven’t used Screens VNC before, it enables you to connect to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from virtually anywhere in the world. The remote connection is secure, and provides access to your files, applications, media, text documents and much more…

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A&E and History Channel apps updated with live TV streaming

by Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

A little over a year ago, A&E Networks updated its iOS clients with on-demand programming. It was a fairly big move, as it allowed users to watch their favorite episodes of TV shows like Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars while on the go.

Today, A&E issued another major update for its mobile clients, this time adding live TV streaming to both A&E and History Channel iOS apps. So now you can watch live programming from each of the channels on your iPhone or iPad… Read More

 

WSJ: Amazon preparing to launch 3D smartphone in September

by Cody Lee on Apr 12, 2014

The Wall Street Journal added its weight to speculation that Amazon is preparing to launch a smartphone. The outlet reported late yesterday that the e-commerce giant has been showing off prototypes of the handset to developers, and it plans to take it public later this year.

What’s really interesting about the device is that The Journal says its screen is capable of displaying three-dimensional images without the need for special glasses. And it accomplishes this by using retina-tracking technology that’s embedded into four front-facing cameras… Read More

 

Harmonix announces upcoming ‘Record Run’ game for iOS

by Cody Lee on Apr 12, 2014

The name Harmonix is legendary in the console gaming world, as it was behind a number of popular games in the early 2000′s—Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central to name a few. And now it’s hoping that success will translate into the mobile world.

The studio announced its first mobile game yesterday at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) East called ‘Record Run.’ It’s an endless runner of sorts that asks players to avoid various obstacles and collect vinyl records, while jogging to the beat of a custom soundtrack… Read More

 

Apple adds CEO of branding agency Wolff Olins to marketing team

by Cody Lee on Apr 11, 2014

Ad Age reports this afternoon that Apple has hired Karl Heiselman, the global CEO of branding agency Wolff Olins. The news comes as the iPad-maker looks to double its in-house creative talent to better combat marketing from Samsung and others.

Interestingly enough, Heiselman used to be a design contractor for Apple in the early 1990s, before Steve Jobs made his triumphant return. He says back then the company was still trying to find itself, and he believes it’s once again at a crossroads… Read More

 
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