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 spent $56 billion on stock buybacks this year

by Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Apple was the biggest buyback spender among the S&P 500 this year, according to MarketWatch. Citing data from FactSet, the outlet reports the iPhone-maker has bought back more than $56 billion worth of shares from stockholders in 2014.

That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that the company that came in second place among buyback spenders in 2014, IBM, only spent $19.2 billion. Apple spent almost that much ($18.6 billion) during its first quarter this year. Read More

 

Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games discounted in Square Enix holiday sale

by Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Joining Halfbrick and others, Square Enix has launched a holiday promotional sale for all of its iOS games. So for a limited time, you can pickup some of the studio’s biggest titles for iPhone and iPad at a significant discount.

The Square Enix library contains a number of popular console ports, including Final Fantasy 1-6, and Final Fantasy Tactics, as well as multiple Chaos Rings and Dragon Quest games. We’ve listed all of the discounted titles below. Read More

 

Good deal: 47% off this 6-ft MFi convertible charging cable

by Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014

Would you be interested in a 6-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad? Or how about a Lightning cable that converts into a Micro-USB cable so it can work with both iOS and Android devices? If you answered yes to either of these questions, I’ve got a great deal to share with you.

For the next few days, StackSocial is offering a significant discount on its 6-foot long USB-to-device cable, which features a USB plug on one end and duel connectors on the other. One is a Micro USB plug, and the other is a Lightning plug, and their quick cap setup makes it easy to switch between them Read More

 

Amazon Instant Video updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

by Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Amazon updated its Instant Video streaming app today, bringing it to version 2.9.5. As the build number indicates, it’s a fairly small update, but it should make users happy with its improved support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

This means that streaming videos should look better on the larger, higher resolution displays of Apple’s newer handsets, as should the app’s menu system. You can now see more content in a single glance, making navigation easier. Read More

 

Fruit Ninja and all other Halfbrick Studio games are free right now

by Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

The folks over at Halfbrick Studios must be getting in the holiday spirt, because they just discounted their entire library of iOS games down to free. That’s right, for a limited time, you can pick up any one of their popular apps for iPhone and iPad, at absolutely 0 cost.

Even if you’re not familiar with the Halfbrick name, there’s a good chance you’ve played one of their titles. The studio is responsible for a number of iOS hits including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride and more. Full list of games and App Store links below. Read More

 

Major 500px app update adds built-in camera, iPhone 6 support and more

by Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Popular photo sharing service 500px has posted a monster update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 2.9. The update brings about a number of significant improvements, including support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the 1Password iOS 8 login extension.

Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is that 500px has added a built-in camera to the app, with the option to control focus and exposure manually. So the app once only served as a browser/manager tool for the service, it now competes directly with Instagram, Flickr and others. Read More

 

Apple seeds third iOS 8.2 beta to developers

by Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Apple has seeded the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers this morning. The release comes a week after the second iOS 8.2 beta, and follows last week’s public launch of iOS 8.1.2, which brought about a fix for disappearing ringtones.

The new 8.2 beta can be downloaded either over-the-air, or via Apple’s developer portal, by all registered iOS developers. It’s unknown what new features the firmware will bring, but it will enable support for Apple’s WatchKit. Read More

 

Good deal: 45% off Striiv Fusion smartwatch and fitness tracker

by Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Folks in the market for a fitness tracker, or perhaps a last-minute Christmas gift, may want to check out this new deal from StackSocial. The deal site is offering the Striiv Fusion smartwatch at a significant discount for a limited time.

The Fusion is capable of tracking steps, calories burned, distance traveled and time active, putting it on par with most of the other available fitness trackers. It also offers smartwatch features too, like text, call and email notifications. Read More

 

Waze updated with Notification Center widget and more

by Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2014

The Google-owned Waze updated its iOS app today, bringing the crowdsourced mapping software to version 3.9.2. Don’t let that build number fool you, however, as the update brings about some significant changes.

Perhaps the most notable addition is the new Waze Today Widget for iOS 8 devices. The widget allows you to quickly view your ETA for Home or Work, navigate with one tap, and easily send your current drive & ETA. Read More

 

TAG Heuer announces plans for smartwatch ahead of Apple Watch debut

by Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2014

LVMH watch chief Jean-Claude Biver announced today that its popular luxury watch line TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch. At a press conference in Switzerland this morning, the executive admitted he had dismissed the threat of wearables, but recently had a change of heart.

“We started on the project about four months ago,” Biver told journalists. “We have done several partnerships and might also do acquisitions.” Google and Intel are among those rumored to be working with TAG on its smartwatch, which is believed to feature both mechanical actions and digital sensors. Read More

 

Apple Pay has gained several new bank and retail partners in recent weeks

by Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2014

Apple on Tuesday told The New York Times that it has signed up “dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay” in recent weeks. The mobile payment service launched in October with a handful of official partners, and has been adding new ones on a near-weekly basis.

This latest round of additions includes Associated Bank, BB&T, Commerce Bank, TD Bank North America, UW Credit Union and 5 other institutions. Apple says that with the new partners, Apple Pay now supports the cards that represent ~90% of the credit card purchase volume in the US. Read More

 

Apple halts online sales in Russia due to ‘extreme’ currency fluctuations

by Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2014

Apple has halted all online sales in Russia this morning, due to “extreme” fluctuations in the country’s ruble currency, reports Bloomberg. Spokesman Alan Hely told the outlet that the company has decided to shutter the store while it “reviews pricing,” and it “apologizes to customers for any inconvenience.”

The Russian economy has been in trouble for months, but things have gotten significantly worse in recent days due in large part to the falling price of oil and economic sanctions. The ruble has plummeted a staggering 19% within the last 24 hours—the worst single day drop for the currency in the last 16 years. Read More

 

Apple airs new holiday commercial “The Song”

by Cody Lee on Dec 14, 2014

Apple today began airing a new holiday-themed commercial entitled “The Song.” The spot showcases products from all of the company’s major device lines, including a MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad, and how they can be used to create “thoughtful, emotional gifts.”

More specifically, the ad shows a woman using her MacBook Air and GarageBand to record herself singing along with a recording of her grandmother from several years ago. She then presents the song to her on an iPad, as a gift, and as you can imagine, it’s a big hit. Read More

 

iDB holiday gift guide: Cody’s picks

by Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2014

It’s gift-giving season again, and iDB is back with its annual Holiday Gift Guide. So for those of you panicking because you still haven’t figured out what to get that special someone, never fear, we have come up with some excellent suggestions for you.

I personally tend to do a lot of research when buying things for myself, to ensure that I get the best value for my money, and this is definitely reflected in my gift-giving. Below, you’ll find a list of a few things I think would make excellent gifts this year. Read More

 

Apple seeds third OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

by Cody Lee on Dec 12, 2014

Apple has seeded the third beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this morning. The update, labeled build 14C81f, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just over a week after the second 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has once again asked developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi connectivity—a long-standing Yosemite issue—as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

‘Space Qube’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

by Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2014

Apple has named the retro-futuristic 3D shooter ‘Space Qube‘ its App of the Week for this week. This means that you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free through next Thursday—a solid savings of $2.99.

In Space Qube, players are tasked with helping Space Jack in his campaign to save the universe. They are given the opportunity to build their own custom spaceship, and then must blast their way through levels of dangerous monsters. Read More

 

Good deal: 58% off this 20,000mAh dual USB battery pack

by Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2014

It’s holiday season, and whether you’re looking to get a gift or something for yourself, at a great price, you’re going to want to checkout this deal from StackSocial. For a limited time, the deal site is offering the Limefuel LP200X dual USB battery pack at a 58% discount from its normal price.

The 20,000mAh Lithium-ion battery pack features a compact design with an LCD display, built-in flashlight and two USB ports, so you can charge multiple devices at one time. Limefuel claims that when fully-juiced, the pack is capable of charging your iPad or other tablet between 2-4 times. Read More

 

Good deal: name your own price on this iOS designer bundle

by Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2014

Are you or someone you know interested in mobile app design, but unsure how to get started? If so, you’re definitely going to want to check out this new promotion from StackSocial. The deals site is offering 4 iOS design classes and hundreds of assets right now at a staggering discount.

The package, which includes over 15 hours of design and marketing instruction, and more than 150 UI elements, is valued at more than $1,400. But thanks to StackSocial’s Name Your Own Price promo, you can get all of the courses and graphics for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee. Read More

 

Apple launching cellular iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models in China this week

by Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2014

Apple today announced that cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available in China this week. Wi-Fi only models of the two tablets have been in the country since launch, but the cellular editions had to be approved by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The two new iPads will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other network technology. Prices will begin at 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB iPad Air 2, 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB iPad mini 3, and top out at 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB iPad Air 2. Read More

 

United Airlines outfitting over 20,000 flight attendants with iPhone 6 Plus

by Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2014

United Airlines announced today that it plans to equip its flight attendants with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus next year. The airline says that the move will put important safety and service information at flight attendants’ fingertips and enhance their ability to meet customers’ needs.

Attendants will be using the handsets for a number of tasks, including onboard retail transactions for food, drink and other purchases. They’ll also be used for accessing important info via email and the United Airlines Intranet, as well as their policy and procedure manuals. Read More

 
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