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+

New Apple TV remote expected to feature Wii-like motion sensors

by Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2015

The new Apple TV expected to be unveiled at next month’s event will feature a remote control with motion sensors, reports TechCrunch. Citing reliable sources, the site says the remote “likely includes several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote.”

Apple has for years been rumored to be tinkering with motion control. The iPhone-maker has acquired multiple companies with expertise and proprietary technology related to the field, and it has filed several patent applications over the last 5 years regarding motion-sensing inventions. Read More

 

Facebook hits one billion users in a single day for the first time

by Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that the social network passed a significant milestone this week. On August 24, more than 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day for the first time ever.

“When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post this afternoon. “On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.” Read More

 

Nighty Night Circus goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

by Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Apple on Thursday named “Nighty Night Circus” its featured App of the Week in the App Store. This means for the next 7 days, you will be able to download the popular bedtime story and lullaby app for kids for free—saving you a solid $3.

The sequel to Apple’s 2012 App of the Year, Nighty Night!, Nighty Night Circus allows children to play with a variety of circus animals and tuck them in as they go to sleep. The app features beautiful imagery, great narration and lullaby music. Read More

 

Apple teams up with PayAnywhere for new Apple Pay card reader

by Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced that it has teamed up with payment service PayAnywhere on a new mobile NFC card reader. It will attach to iOS devices, and support both traditional credit cards and those stored within Apple Pay.

The reader, which will be available exclusively in Apple Stores in September, will open the door for smaller businesses to begin supporting Apple Pay. PayAnywhere is easy to setup and there are no monthly fees to worry about. Read More

 

Force Touch code discovered in iOS 9

by Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Developer and noted iOS beta hacker Hamza Sood has discovered code relating to Force Touch in iOS 9. Sood tweeted out a screenshot of the code this evening, saying it appears Apple has been “testing keyboard trackpad gestures on the iPhone 6s, activated via Force Touch.”

Given that the 6s is expected to be unveiled within the next few weeks, and believed to already be in mass production, it would seem the code all-but-confirms that the new iPhone will include Force Touch technology—a feature that already exists in MacBooks and Apple Watch. Read More

 

Apple rumored to hold September event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

by Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple has rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its all-but-confirmed September iPhone event, reports Hoodline. The publication says it has seen documentation from event logistics indicating the company has the building through September 12th.

Today’s news follows speculation from earlier this week that Apple is behind a mysterious “trade show” booking at the Civic Auditorium for the first two weeks in September. On Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the building. Read More

 

Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to speak at upcoming Vanity Fair event

by Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple’s chief of design Jony Ive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine are set to speak at an upcoming Vanity Fair event. The publication just announced that the pair will join a cornucopia of tech and entertainment luminaries at its New Establishment Summit in October.

Ive spoke at last year’s VF New Establishment Summit, touching on a number of interesting topics such as his design process, relationship with Steve Jobs and thoughts on copycats. So we’re anxious to see what he has to say when this year’s event kicks off on October 5th. Read More

 

Apple now selling third-party Watch accessories in its retail stores

by Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Folks in the market for third-party Apple Watch accessories may want to keep an eye on their local Apple Stores. MacRumors has confirmed that the Cupertino company has begun carrying third-party Watch add-ons in at least some of its retail locations.

The first such accessory spotted in an Apple Store is ElevationLab’s NightStand for Apple Watch. It’s a simple, elegant stand, that costs $29.95 and it appears the company has partnered with Apple on product packaging and Sport band-matching colorways. Read More

 

Facebook testing new ‘M’ digital assistant feature within Messenger

by Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday began testing a new digital assistant feature called ‘M.’ As explained by Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus, the feature, which lives inside Messenger, is powered by artificial intelligence that can complete tasks and find information on a user’s behalf.

The artificial intelligence is both trained and supervised by real live humans, and unlike other AI-based services available today, it can do things like purchase items and deliver gifts. Of course it can handle normal chores too, such as booking restaurants and logging appointments. Read More

 

Apple introduces iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

by Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple on Friday launched the iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus. In a support document, first spotted by MacRumors, the company says it has discovered that, in some devices, the iSight camera has a component that may fail, causing your photos to look blurry.

The program only applies to the iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple says that a very small percentage of devices has been affected. But if your 6 Plus is producing blurry photos, and has an eligible serial number, the company is offering to replace your handset’s rear-facing camera free of charge. Read More

 

Apple adds Tesla engineer to growing Project Titan team

by Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors, according to a new report from Reuters. The outlet points to the LinkedIn profile of former Tesla Autopilot Firmware Manager Jamie Carlson, who now works at Apple on “Special Projects.”

Carlson’s profile doesn’t go into details regarding his previous position, but the fact that he worked in the autonomous firmware division of one of the industry’s most technologically advanced companies, is fueling speculation that Apple is building an electric car. Read More

 

Apple and Dr. Dre address the rapper’s contentious past

by Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre released statements on Friday regarding the rapper’s contentious past. With the recent opening of the film “Straight Outta Compton,” which tells the origin story of Dre’s hip-hop group N.W.A., several questions have arisen regarding abuse allegations from the 1990’s.

During the decade, Dr. Dre was accused of assaulting several women, including his girlfriend at the time and former television host Denise “Dee” Barnes. Since its debut, members of the media have been questioning why the events were missing from the Compton film, and today, Dre commented on the matter. Read More

 

Sketchy rumor claims Apple is working on smart Watch bands

by Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple is working on new bands for its Apple Watch that will add considerable functionality to the device, reports Czech site Letem Svetem Applem. Citing a source familiar with the project, the outlet says, among other things, the bands will feature new health sensors.

These “smart” bands will plug into the Apple Watch’s hidden diagnostic port, which means they could be compatible with current-gen models. And its sensors will be able to read and share data on blood oxygen level, blood pressure, body temperature and much more. Read More

 

Apple posts new ‘if it’s not an iPhone’ ad highlighting Apple Pay

by Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted a new ad to its YouTube channel labeled “iPhone – Apple Pay.” The spot is the latest in the company’s ongoing “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” campaign, and of course highlights its new mobile payment service.

The commercial is very similar to previous ads in the campaign. It begins with a voiceover saying “this is an iPhone,” and then the video proceeds to show how Apple Pay works. The shot closes with the tagline “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.” Read More

 

Study shows Apple TV fell to fourth most popular streaming device in U.S. last year

by Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

The Apple TV fell to the spot of the fourth most popular streaming media device in the US last year, according to a newly-released study by Parks Associates. The research firm says that sales for Apple’s set-top box were eclipsed by those from Roku, Google and Amazon.

“Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the U.S.,” said Barbara Kraus, the director of research at Parks Associates. Their data shows that Roku accounted for 34% of units sold in 2014, with Google in second at 23%, and Amazon overtaking Apple for third. Read More

 

Puzzler Quell Memento+ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

by Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2015

Apple has just named Fallen Tree Games’ “Quell Memento+” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the critically-acclaimed puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving you $2.99.

If you’ve never played Quell Memento+, it’s a zen-like puzzler set in an old abandoned house. Players are tasked with solving puzzles to restore order to the jumbled memories of the last occupant, which then leads them on a haunting journey of self-discovery. Read More

 

Samsung to appeal to Supreme Court in Apple patent case

by Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

As expected, Samsung is taking its patent battle with Apple to the United States Supreme Court. The San Jose Mercury News points to a new court filing from the company, which voices its intent to ask the Supreme Court to hear its case.

In 2012, Samsung was found guilty of infringing on multiple Apple patents and was ordered to pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages. That amount has since been cut in half, but Samsung is hoping to get the sum further reduced. Read More

 

Samsung posts teaser for upcoming ‘Gear S2′ Apple Watch competitor

by Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

During its big Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge+ event last week, Samsung showed off a video teaser of its upcoming Apple Watch competitor, the Gear S2. For folks who missed the keynote, the clip is now available on the company’s Mobile YouTube channel.

We can glean quite a bit from the video. The Gear S2 will have a round watch face, similar to the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, with round icons and other UI elements to match. It also looks like it will feature heart rate and fitness tracking capabilities. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 7 to developers

by Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Apple on Wednesday released the seventh OS X El Capitan beta to developers. The new build is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center.

Today’s update comes just over two weeks after Apple pushed out the sixth beta of OS X El Capitan, and well over two months after its initial release in early June during Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. Read More

 

iTranslate updated with keyboard extension and Apple Watch support

by Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2015

Sonico pushed out an update for its iTranslate app today, bringing the iOS client to version 8.4. The software, which is regarded as one of the best translation apps in the App Store, now comes with a keyboard extension and proper Apple Watch Glance.

The keyboard extension is particularly significant, since it can be used in most iOS 8-compatible apps. So now, instead of having to open the iTranslate app to make a translation, you can do it on the fly in WhatsApp, Mail or your favorite Twitter client. Read More

 
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