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+

Blend, Quicky, Bynd and other apps to check out this weekend

by Cody Lee on Sep 24, 2016

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features some great apps and games for you to check out this weekend. We have an easy wallpaper-maker, a productivity app for shortcuts, a one-stop-shop for all of your news and social feeds, and of course two awesome new games that you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Apple to start offering ‘Spoken Editions’ of news articles via iTunes

by Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2016

You’ll soon be able to listen to news articles in iTunes, reports TechCrunch. The outlet says that in the near future, you’ll be able to browse through a new category of podcasts that will allow you to listen to news stories from your favorite publishers.

These new podcasts will be labeled “Spoken Edition” in iTunes, and the format will be short-form programs that offer listeners an audio version of a publisher’s articles. So you could essentially listen to the news while commuting or working out. Read More

 

Some heavy duty cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

by Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2016

Although Apple has taken some major steps this year to make the iPhone more durable, the device is still very susceptible to bumps and scratches. This is why we recommend putting a case on your smartphone if you want it to stay in like-new condition.

We’ve already recommended a number of different cases, but for those who work and use their phones in more harsh environments, a heavy-duty case is the only way to go. Here are a few we like so far that are available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus right now. Read More

 

Some great minimalist cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

If you recently purchased an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, and are in the market for a minimalist case, this post is for you. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite minimalist cases for Apple’s new handset based on price, personal experience and customer reviews.

So what qualifies as a “minimalist” case? Obviously the term is a bit subjective, but to us this means it has a subtle, unassuming design free of complex patterns and unsightly branding. They’re typically thinner, made of a single material, and solid in color. Read More

 

Yahoo confirms hack, says data from 500 million user accounts stolen

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

Yahoo on Thursday confirmed that certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014. Recode has the official statement, which says that it believes more than 500 million users were affected by the breach.

The good news is that Yahoo says from what it knows so far, the stolen information doesn’t include payment card data, bank account information, or unprotected passwords. The firm is working closely with law enforcement in its investigation. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: AG Drive

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game AG Drive. This means from now through next Thursday, you can pick up the popular futuristic racing title for free—a solid savings of $4.

AG Drive puts you behind the wheel of a blazing fast anti-gravity craft and up against opponents on gorgeous tracks. It features amazing graphics, easy-to-learn controls, and it works on both iOS and Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple buys machine learning startup Tuplejump

by Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

Apple has acquired an India/US-based machine learning startup known as Tuplejump, reports TechCrunch. The company has essentially confirmed the buyout, offering up its typical “Apple buys smaller technology companies” statement.

This is the iPhone-maker’s third publicly-known purchase of a machine learning company within the last year. Remember it bought out artificial intelligence startup Perceptio at the end of last year, and Seattle-based Turi a few months ago. Read More

 

5 ultra-thin cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

by Cody Lee on Sep 21, 2016

Have a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? The first thing you’re going to want to do—unless you don’t care about scratches or abrasions—is find a case for it. And if you’re like me, you don’t want some big bulky case. You want something ultra-thin that won’t get in the way.

So we’ve put together a list 5 great ultra-thin cases for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These obviously aren’t the only available cases for Apple’s new handsets, but we picked these specifically based on personal experience, user feedback, features and pricing. Read More

 

First betas of watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10.0.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 now available

by Cody Lee on Sep 21, 2016

In addition to iOS 10.1, Apple on Wednesday released the first betas of watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10.0.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1. Registered developers can grab the new software from Apple’s online developer portal, or via their respective over-the-air update methods. Read More

 

Apple seeds first beta of iOS 10.1 with new Portrait camera mode

by Cody Lee on Sep 21, 2016

Apple on Wednesday issued the first beta for iOS 10.1. Registered developers can grab the new software via the over-the-air update mechanism in the iOS Settings app, or via Apple’s online developer portal.

Perhaps the most significant change in this first 10.1 beta is the addition of Portrait camera mode— a software feature for the iPhone 7 Plus Apple showed off earlier this month that creates a ‘bokeh’ effect.

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Daily Deals: $300 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, JBL Charge 2+ speaker $70, and more

by Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2016

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 updates Mac iWork apps with support for real-time collaboration

by Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2016

In addition to macOS Sierra, Apple on Tuesday also released updates for its Mac iWork apps to support real-time collaboration. The feature was announced at the iPhone 7 event earlier this month, and was added to iOS apps last week.

Real-time collaboration is exactly what it sounds like. With it, users can work simultaneously in any iWork app regardless of device. A list is displayed of all current document editors, and users see the others’ cursor activity in real time. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac updated with support for macOS Sierra, extended Tweets and more

by Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2016

Tweetbot users will be happy to hear that the Tapbots have updated their popular Twitter client today to support the just-released macOS Sierra software. The release brings the app to version 2.4.2, and it includes several improvements.

Among these improvements is support for extended Tweets—a change Twitter made to its service this week that prevents media URLs and Quote Tweets from counting against your 140 character limit. It also now supports extended videos.
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macOS Sierra software update is now available

by Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2016

Apple on Tuesday released macOS Sierra for its laptop and desktop computers. The software update is free, and compatible with iMacs and MacBooks from 2009 or later, as well as MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Minis and Mac Pros from 2010 or later.

If you own any of the above hardware, you can update to macOS Sierra by navigating to the Mac App Store and locating the macOS Sierra page (or you can just search the App Store for macOS Sierra). Click on ‘Download’ and follow the on-screen instructions. Read More

 

Daily Deals: MacBook Air $480, iPhone 6s $370, and more

by Cody Lee on Sep 19, 2016

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

 

Enjoy 2 months of Apple Music for free with this gift card deal

by Cody Lee on Sep 19, 2016

Current (or potential future) Apple Music users are going to want to check out this deal from PayPal. The e-payment company is offering a gift card good for a 1-year subscription to Apple’s streaming music service for just $99.

Since an individual subscription to Apple Music is typically $9.99/month, this makes for a ~$20 discount—or 2 free months of service. The gift card can be purchased via PayPal’s eBay store and is delivered within minutes by email. Read More

 

James Corden pitches commercial ideas in new Apple Music ad

by Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2016

Apple on Sunday night aired a new Apple Music ad during the 2016 Emmy Awards starring “Late Late Show” host James Corden. The spot is called “The all-new Apple Music,” and it highlights the content and discovery features of the company’s streaming service.

In the humorous clip, Corden pitches Apple Music commercial ideas to executives Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue and Bozoma Saint John. As you can imagine, most of Corden’s concepts are off-the-wall, and in the end the team decides the collaboration isn’t going to work. Read More

 

Hardbound, Couchy, RAW and other apps to check out this weekend

by Cody Lee on Sep 17, 2016

It’s been a crazy week, what with the iPhone 7 launch and all. So we know everyone is ready to kick back and relax this weekend with some fun new apps and games. The latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes a unique reading app, a TV series manager, and a new raw camera app. Plus we have a couple of new games for you to check out. Read More

 

7 screen protectors for your new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

by Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2016

If you pre-ordered the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, or are hoping to score one in-store during launch weekend, you’re going to want to start thinking about accessories. We’ve already recommended some good cases and Bluetooth headphones, and now it’s time to talk about screen protectors.

Despite its largely familiar design, the iPhone 7 features a few tiny changes (wider earpiece, for example) that likely mean your iPhone 6 and 6s screen protectors won’t fit properly. But never fear, we’ve rounded up some great, inexpensive options to help keep your screen scratch-free. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Super Phantom Cat

by Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Super Phantom Cat. This means that for the next 7 days, you can download this popular retro platformer for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $2.

This charming side scroller is beloved for its beautiful retro graphics and whimsical character design, retro styling, and easy Mario-esque controls. It also features an awesome chip tune soundtrack, unlockable characters, and bonus levels. Read More

 
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