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+

10 great gift ideas for iPhone users

by Cody Lee on Dec 1, 2016

The holidays are once again upon us, which for most folks means cooler weather, hanging decorations, and gift shopping. While we can’t help you with the first two things, we can offer up some great gift ideas so you don’t have to spend hours fighting your way through crowded retail stores. Today’s roundup is focused on iPhone users. Read More

 

Fitbit said to be buying Pebble for around $40 million

by Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Fitbit is set to acquire troubled smartwatch-maker Pebble, according to a report from The Information. The deal is said to be mainly about the company’s intellectual property and software, and will likely result in the end of Pebble hardware.

In a subsequent report, TechCrunch says a source close to the startup pegged the deal in the neighborhood of $34 to $40 million, and it will just barely cover its debts. In the past, it was rumored Pebble received offers as high as $740 million. Read More

 

Some great USB-C hubs for your new MacBook Pro

by Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

If you recently picked up one of Apple’s new MacBook Pros, you’re probably suffering from port shock. The laptop only includes 4 USB-C connections—the non-Touch Bar model only has 2—and chances are your current accessories and peripherals don’t support them.

An easy way to remedy this is to buy a hub. This will connect to a single USB-C port on your MacBook Pro, and provide you with various useful connections like USB 3.0, HDMI, and even an SD card reader. Below we’ve listed some great hub options for your new Mac. Read More

 

Apple is aware of calendar spam issue and is working to fix it

by Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Apple on Wednesday said that it is aware of the calendar spam issue and is working to fix it. In a statement to iMore’s Rene Ritchie, a spokesperson for the company apologized for the spam calendar invites and said it’s actively working to address the issue. Read More

 

Apple Music student pricing now available in over 30 countries

by Cody Lee on Nov 29, 2016

Apple on Tuesday began offering student pricing for its streaming music service in 25 new countries, reports MacRumors. This brings the total number of regions where students can get a significant discount on Apple Music to 32.

The new countries include major markets like China and India, as well as Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. Read More

 

Daily Deals: Sony PlayStation 4 bundle $240, Beats Solo3 headphones $220, and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 29, 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

 

Some of our favorite Cyber Monday deals

by Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2016

We’re about halfway through Cyber Monday and there are still plenty of deals going on, so as usual, we’ve decided to put together a list of our favorite discounts. There are many deals still going from Black Friday, as well as some new ones. Let’s just say that if you’re in the market for a consumer product, chances are it’s on sale somewhere today. Read More

 

Noise, Write.as, BeCasso and other apps to check out this weekend

by Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2016

If you’re looking to relax this holiday weekend with leftover turkey and a new app or game, you’ve come to the right place. In the latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we’ve selected some awesome titles including a music-making app, an anonymous blogging client, a paint-style photo editor, and some great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

The best Black Friday deals on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, monitors, TVs and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2016

Black Friday often gets a bad wrap. The words tend to bring forth visions of hoards of shoppers, stampeding down store aisles to save a few dollars on frivolous items. But the truth is, retailers are actually using the promotional holiday to offer significant discounts on popular products. So we’ve put together a list of some of the best deals we could find on stuff we know you’ll love. Read More

 

Early Black Friday Best Buy deals: Dell LED monitor $100, up to $225 off iPad mini 4 models, and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2016

We’re still a few days away from the holiday weekend, but in an effort to get a head start, several retailers have launched what they are calling “early” or “pre-” Black Friday sales. We’re going to be covering as many of these deals as possible, with a particular focus on quality products and notable discounts. Here are a few we’ve found from Best Buy thus far. Read More

 

Early Black Friday B&H Photo deals: $170 off LG display, $1,000 off 70″ 4K TV, and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2016

We’re still a few days away from the holiday weekend, but in an effort to get a head start, several retailers have launched what they are calling “early” or “pre-” Black Friday sales. We’re going to be covering as many of these deals as possible, with a particular focus on quality products and notable discounts. Here are a few we’ve found from B&H Photo thus far. Read More

 

Apple reaches Apple Music deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola

by Cody Lee on Nov 22, 2016

Apple is teaming up with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to push Apple Music, reports the L.A. Times. The outlet says that the deal will result in the company’s streaming music service being available as part of Ola’s in-car experience.

The platform is called Ola Play, and it already has several high-profile partners including Sony, Qualcomm and Audio Compass. It gives passengers the ability to control their vehicle’s climate and entertainment via an in-car tablet. Read More

 

Early Black Friday Amazon deals: $50 Kindle, $16 battery pack, $397 4K drone and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 22, 2016

We’re still a few days away from the holiday weekend, but in an effort to get a head start, several retailers have launched what they are calling “early” or “pre-” Black Friday sales. We’re going to be covering as many of these deals as possible, with a particular focus on quality products and notable discounts. Here are a few we’ve found from Amazon thus far. Read More

 

Apple to host one-day shopping event on Black Friday

by Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2016

Apple late Monday updated its website with a new page teasing its upcoming Black Friday sale. The page shows the above graphic, along with links to gift ideas, gift cards, and a section for locating your nearest Apple Store. The company also notes that two-day shipping will be free on Friday for in-stock items ordered by 5:00 p.m. Read More

 

Best Mac Bundle: save up to 90% on Parallels, 1Password, TextExpander + 5 more apps

by Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2016

If you or someone you know owns a Mac and could benefit from apps like 1Password or TextExpander, you’re going to want to check out this promotion from the folks at Parallels. It’s called the Black Friday Mac App Bundle, and it can save you up to 90% on 8 top-shelf Mac apps and services.

Included in this package is Parallels Desktop 12, which allows you to run Windows and other operating systems on your Mac, the popular password management app 1Password (the latest ‘Families’ edition), and key shortcut creator TextExpander. We have a full breakdown of the apps below. Read More

 

Listen, Later, Firefox Focus, and other apps to check out this weekend

by Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2016

Looking for ways to pass the time before next week’s holiday mayhem? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a great list of apps for you to check out this weekend including a service for anonymous communication, a quick and easy reminders app, and a new private web browser. And as always, we’ve also picked out some awesome games for you to try. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $10 Bluetooth speaker, $470 Sony 4K Smart TV, and more

by Cody Lee on Nov 18, 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

 

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar now available for in-store pickup

by Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday made its new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar available for in-store pickup in the U.S. So for those of you who have been wanting to snag one, you can now use Apple’s app or online store to check local inventory and reserve your laptop.

Non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro models have been available since they were unveiled in October, but Touch Bar models have only recently started to turn up in stores. The good news is, you can now track yours down from the comfort of your own home. Read More

 

Get up to $200 off the new MacBook Pro + no tax outside NY

by Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2016

Folks in the market for Apple’s new MacBook Pro will want to check out this sale going on at BHPhoto right now. The popular online retailer is offering significant deals on 13.3-inch, non-Touch Bar models with free shipping and no taxes outside New York.

The discounts range between $100 and $200, but with no taxes that could more than double. For example, I can buy the entry-level MacBook Pro for $1,399 (normally $1,499) and also save $120 in sales tax (~8% for me). So my total savings would be $220. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Tayasui Sketches Pro

by Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Tayasui Sketches Pro. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular drawing app for free—a significant savings of $5.

Sketches is described as the most realistic, versatile and user-friendly sketching app designed for mobile. This artist’s toolbox helps users create dazzling sketches, cheerful paintings and smashing illustrations on the go. Read More

 
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