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+

How to request a song for Apple’s new Beats 1 radio station

by Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

Apple’s new 24/7 radio station, Beats 1, went live this morning and is now in full effect. Initial feedback on the experiment is mixed—some people really like it, others don’t—but the consensus is that Apple has managed to capture the essence of radio.

Keeping with that theme, Apple has announced that it’s going to start taking listener requests for songs during at least a small segment of its Beats 1 broadcast. From the service’s official Twitter account: “in a few hours, we turn the show over to you.” Read More

 

iBooks Author updated with support for iPhone, multi-touch ePub books

by Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

Apple is on a roll with software updates today. In addition to releasing iOS 8.4 and Mac OS X 10.10.4, it’s also pushed out new versions of GarageBand and now iBooks Author. The software that allows you to publish iBooks moved up to version 2.3 today.

The update won’t move the needle for folks who don’t use the app, but it brings about some big changes for those who do. Perhaps the biggest new feature is that you can now create iBooks for both iPhone and iPad—instead of being limited to just the tablet. Read More

 

Pinterest begins rolling out Buyable Pins on iOS

by Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

Pinterest has begun rolling out Buyable Pins to iPhone and iPad users, reports TechCrunch. The feature, which was unveiled earlier this month, allows retail partners to add a buy button to pins that let users purchase products directly on Pinterest.

The button shows up on Rich Pins, which have much more information than typical Pins. Transactions are handled by Stripe, and Pinterest says it’s working with companies like Apple to ensure it doesn’t ever have to touch credit card information. Read More

 

How to disable auto-renewal in Apple Music to avoid charges after your free trial

by Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

Apple Music finally launched around the world this morning, and with it comes a lengthy 3-month free trial. But after the trial period is up, you’ll be on the hook for $10 per month, unless you turn off auto-renewal. Luckily, as with all iTunes-billed subscription services, this is quick and easy to do. Read More

 

Apple loses final appeal in e-books price-fixing suit, will pay $450 million fine

by Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2013 decision finding Apple guilty for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices, reports The Wall Street Journal. As a result, the company is expected to pay a $450 million settlement it agreed to with private plaintiffs, 30+ states and the DOJ last year.

“We conclude that the district court correctly decided that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices,” wrote Second Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston. The conspiracy “unreasonably restrained trade” in violation of the Sherman Act, the federal antitrust law, she wrote. Read More

 

‘Reserve Strap’ adds 30 hours of battery life to your Apple Watch

by Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2015

In March, developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow announced that they were working on a battery band for the Apple Watch. Not many details were available at the time, but now that the Watch has been out for a few months, the team is ready to make things official.

Meet the Reserve Strap. It’s a band that charges your Apple Watch using embedded batteries and a connection to the device’s hidden accessory port. Musgrave and Arrow claim that their product is capable of adding more than 30 additional hours of battery life to your Watch. Read More

 

Disney launches new GIF keyboard app for iOS

by Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2015

Disney this week launched a new keyboard app for iOS called “Disney Gif.” As the name suggests, the app allows you to browse through, and quickly share from, a library of animated GIF images and emoji icons featuring Disney content.

For its launch, the keyboard features hundreds of images pulled from Disney’s expansive TV and movie collection, including Star Wars, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Inside Out, The Lion King and various hit television shows from ABC. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Apple begins production on new iPhones with Force Touch

by Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2015

Apple has begun early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, Bloomberg reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says that volume manufacturing is expected to ramp up as soon as next month.

Force Touch was first introduced in the Apple Watch last fall, and it enables a device to sense how hard users press down on its screen. The technology has since made its way into the MacBook, and has long been rumored for the next iPhone. Read More

 

BioShock and other 2K games discounted in Independence Day sale

by Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2015

Looking to add some new iOS games to your collection this weekend? 2K can help. The publisher announced on Friday that it will be running an ‘Independence Day’ sale on some of its high-profile mobile titles over the next week.

Included in the promotion are popular sports games such as NBA 2K15 and NHL 2K, as well as the turn-based strategy hit Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 and BioShock. The discounts range from 25% off, to well over 50% off. Read More

 

Shazam updated with support for Apple Music

by Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

The popular audio identification service Shazam updated its iOS client today with support for Apple Music. The release brings the app to version 8.7, and arrives just ahead of the launch of the new music service next week.

With Apple Music support, users will be able to identify songs using the Shazam app, and then tap a button to launch the service so they can listen to the track in its entirety. And remember it’s free for the first 3 months. Read More

 

Apple removing games featuring the Confederate flag from the App Store

by Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

Apple has joined the likes of Amazon, eBay, Walmart and others in removing products bearing the Confederate flag, reports TouchArcade. The outlet pointed out this morning that a number of apps and games, which featured imagery of the controversial flag, have been pulled from the App Store.

Despite the fact that Apple has told developers it’s only removing titles that “feature images of the Confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways,” several Civil War-era games, which contain images of the Confederate flag for historical and educational context, have been pulled as well. Read More

 

Comic book creator ‘Halftone 2′ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

by Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

Apple has just named “Halftone 2 – Comic Book Creator” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the fun comic book-style photo editor for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $2.

Halftone 2 makes it easy to create comic and scrap books with your images. Simply choose a page layout, apply photo filters, position your captions, add speech and thought balloons, and share your creation as an image, multi-page document, or high-definition video. Read More

 

Beats 1 celebrity hosts to include Drake, Dr. Dre, Elton John and others

by Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015

Apple’s Beats 1 streaming radio service will feature celebrity hosts such as Pharrell Williams, Drake and Elton John, reports The New York Times. In a profile of Apple’s newly recruited D.J., Zane Lowe, the outlet says a number of well-known stars have been given spots.

Other well-known stars on the menu for Beats 1 programming include Dr. Dre, who will host a show called “The Pharmacy,” teen actor Jaden Smith, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Apparently, each of them will be hosting and planning the shows themselves. Read More

 

IFTTT updates iOS apps with unlimited DO recipes, improved widgets and more

by Cody Lee on Jun 24, 2015

Fans of the automation service If This Then That (or IFTTT) will be happy to hear that it’s updated its line of mobile apps today. DO Button, DO Camera, and DO Note all received 2.0 updates today, as did the original IF app that now sits at version 2.5.

With the new releases, the apps all now support unlimited Do recipes and feature improved Notification Center widgets. DO Camera in particular received some nice additions such as new filters and the ability to draw on, and add emoji to, your photos. Read More

 

Apple moving to prevent developers from accessing app data for ad targeting

by Cody Lee on Jun 24, 2015

Apple is quietly moving to prevent app developers from accessing app download data for ad targeting purposes, reports The Information. The move is part of the company’s recent, and very public, push for greater user privacy.

As most of you are probably aware, major apps like Facebook and Twitter will scan a user’s device for information on the app’s they have installed. This way, they can show users advertisements that better match their interests. Read More

 

Apple adds 7 new Flyover locations to Maps

by Cody Lee on Jun 24, 2015

Apple on Tuesday added a handful of new locations to the 3D Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Maps apps. The new locations include San Juan, Puerto Rico and other cities around the world.

First introduced in Apple Maps when the app launched in 2012, the Flyover feature allows users to take close-up, 3-dimensional looks at buildings, landmarks and various other areas of interest. Read More

 

Apple promotes Lisa Jackson to VP of environment, policy and social initiatives

by Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2015

Apple on Tuesday quietly announced the promotion of Lisa Jackson, formerly the VP of environmental affairs, to a new lead policy position. As noted by The Washington Post, Jackson’s bio on the company’s website now reads Vice President, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

In her new role, Jackson will not only continue to oversee Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, but she will also be responsible for the company’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs. Read More

 

Apple wins Outdoor Lions Grand Prix at Cannes for ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ campaign

by Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2015

Apple picked up the top prize in the Outdoor Lions category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this week for its recent “Shot on iPhone 6″ ad campaign. The annual event, often referred to as the world’s biggest ad festival, features thousands of ads from around the world to be showcased and judged.

The win marks the second Cannes Grand Prix award in three years for Apple and its longtime advertising partner TBWA\Media Art Lab. Additionally, the duo also picked up five Gold Lions awards for specific posters from the “Shot on iPhone 6″ campaign, which showcases photographs shot using Apple’s latest handset. Read More

 

Apple renews exclusive Liquidmetal license through 2016

by Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2015

Apple has renewed its rights to use Liquidmetal Technologies’ unique metal alloys in its products, according to a new SEC filing. As noted by MacRumors, a document was submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today that extends the two companies’ agreement.

The filing shows that Apple and Liquidmetal entered the new deal on June 17, and it’s set to expire on February 5, 2016. The extension marks the third amendment the two firms have made to their contract, which includes exclusive rights to materials, since it was drawn up in 2010. Read More

 

Apple seeds second OS X El Capitan beta to developers

by Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2015

Following the release of new watchOS 2 and iOS 9 betas, Apple on Tuesday seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The build is labeled as 15A204h, and is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center.

Introduced two weeks ago at WWDC, OS X El Capitan is the next major version of Apple’s Mac operating system. The update does not include a ton of new features, but instead builds on top of last year’s OS X Yosemite with a number of performance and stability improvements.

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