About Christian Zibreg

Chris follows Apple with passion and has seen his articles published by a number of online media outlets, such as 9to5Mac.com, 9to5Google.com, Geek.com, TGDaily.com and Brightsideofnews.com You can network with him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, learn more on About.me or drop him an email at dujkan@idownloadblog.com.

How to change Mac screenshot file format in OS X

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

OS X, Apple’s operating system powering Mac desktops and notebooks, sports a surprisingly robust set of screenshot-grabbing features.

Better yet, you can save both time and money capturing images of the operating system itself, third-party applications or whatever is on the screen at any given moment using these built-in capabilities.

Yes, a plethora of third-party apps go beyond the Mac’s screenshot-taking features with advanced image management and annotation capabilities.

Still, most normals soon realize that OS X’s built-in features mostly get the job done for common use cases like how-tos, tutorials and other types of blog posts.

By default, OS X saves you screenshots on the desktop, as PNG files. PNG is great if you care about image quality: the format uses lossless compression techniques that won’t degrade image quality. On the downside, PNG screenshots tend to be fairly large in size.

Although you can tap Apple’s stock Preview app, or any third-party image editor, to convert PNGs into JPEGs and other image formats, why take extra steps if OS X can do all the heavy lifting for you?

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change the image format for screenshots taken on your Mac… Read More

 

NomadPlus turns your iPhone charger into a 1,500 mAh backup battery

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Boy, that new anti-iPhone Samsung ad titled “Wall Huggers” really struck a nerve, didn’t it? Blame it on Apple: the iPhone is frequently criticized for its battery life which isn’t abysmal at all though you’d be hard-pressed to argue that its ~1,560 mAh battery is a match for high-end Android devices that go beyond 3,000 mAh, such as LG’s G3 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.

Feeling your pain, lo and behold, Nomad has created a nice solution to your battery woes. Their new NomadPlus accessory transforms your iPhone’s charger into a portable 1,500 mAh battery for backup power… Read More

 

Wikipedia reboots its official iOS app: native, speedy, mobile editing and loads more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

I’ve never been a fan of Wikipedia’s iOS app because it’s basically such a piece of you-know-what. Available since August 2009, the software’s never managed to win me over.

Put simply, it’s always felt to me like a hastily written web app, because that’s essentially what it is. But not anymore. Say ‘hello’ to the much-improved Wikipedia Mobile 4.0, now available as a truly native app for the iPhone and iPad.

Yup, no longer is Wikipedia on iOS a second-class citizen that wraps a basic web browser inside some iOS code!

The Wikipedia foundation has built the new version from the ground up for speed and it shows – everything is a lot snappier. There’s a super-convenient table of contents sidebar but more importantly, now you can edit Wikipedia in the palm of your hand.

Moreover, Wikipedia Mobile makes it easy to switch to reading Wikipedia written in another language and the app is now available in more languages than before.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More

 

Facebook Messenger now lets you share and view fullscreen photos and videos

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Facebook today issued a small update to the Messenger client for iOS. Now bumped to version 9.0 (yeah, their versioning scheme is a bit odd), the refreshed iPhone and iPad application finally makes it possible to share and view fullscreen photos and videos.

Previously, sharing a photo or a short video clip would render content in a smaller section within the larger conversation view, similar to Apple’s iMessage… Read More

 

Microsoft adds new features to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Software giant Microsoft has issued a trio of updates to its Office for iPad applications in the App Store. Now available as free downloads, the refreshed editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad bring over a dozen new capabilities enhancing your experience.

Some of the headline improvements include much-requested user-facing features such as the ability to use third-party fonts in your documents, export docs as PDF files, a new Presenter View for PowerPoint, new Picture Tools that let you crop to focus on the right part of an image, external keyboard support in Excel and more… Read More

 

Wunderlist 3 releases, adding real-time sync, public lists and 60+ new features

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

After previewing its major version 3.0 update earlier this month, 6Wunderkinder has now released the refreshed Wunderlist 3, the latest version of the popular cross-platform to-do, task and list management app.

With 60+ new features across iOS, Android, Chromebooks, Mac and on the web, Wunderlist 3 is a huge release for the Berlin, Germany-based company. Two standout new features deserve a mention: an all-new real-time syncing engine and public lists… Read More

 

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo launches iPhone app

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo last month soft-launched its inaugural iPhone app in the Canadian App Store. As of today, the software is available to download in the United States and App Stores around the world.

The free of charge iPhone-only app lets you manage and support Indiegogo campaigns on the go (pun intended) by discovering new campaigns through recommendations based on past activity and preferred categories.

The app will send you notifications each time a contribution is made to you campaign. Yes, you can also post campaign updates and photos, thank contributors and more… Read More

 

Samsung’s troubles prove Apple knows exactly what it’s doing with its iPhone business

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

Samsung’s co-CEO and mobile chief J.K. Shin is in the hot seat as the company posts its third straight quarter of operating-profit declines.

It’s fascinating to watch how quickly things are turning for the conglomerate responsible for nearly one-fifth of South Korea’s Gross domestic product.

Operating profits were down sharply, decreasing a whopping 25 percent year over year. More importantly, Samsung’s favorite business metric – the market share – is under pressure, too: its worldwide share of smartphones slipped to 25 percent in the second quarter from 32 percent a year earlier.

This is bad news considering that 76 percent of the firm’s profit comes from smartphones. What gives? Read More

 

Sega releases Crazy Taxi: City Rush worldwide

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

After soft-launching in select markets, Crazy Taxi: City Rush, an all new sequel to Sega’s popular arcade phenomenon, has now launched globally for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Available free of charge with optional In-App Purchases, the game introduces intuitive one-touch driving controls and packs in a bunch of new crazy passengers, a brand new city to explore and a variety of special missions and challenges.

Created by the original Crazy Taxi designer, Kenji Kanno, and Sega’s top mobile developer, Hardlight (creators of Sonic Dash, Sonic Jump and Sonic Jump Fever), City Rush stays true to its arcade racing roots… Read More

 

Weather Channel for iPhone gains detailed hurricane tracking, boat and beach planner

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

The Weather Channel, Apple’s new data provider for the stock iOS 8 Weather app, has refreshed its iPhone app with a pair of useful new features.

Version 6.2, now available free in the App Store, introduces a Hurricane Central feature for detailed hurricane tracking and another one dubbed Boat and Beach Planner that lets you prep for the beaches with the marine forecast summary.

Jump past the fold for full details… Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6 launching on October 14, an ‘immense’ day for Apple

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

According to a rather dubious rumor published by MacRumors, citing a source familiar with an internal Apple Retail Store meeting, a senior Store Leader allegedly told staff that the whole month of October will be very busy for Apple Stores and the company itself, singling out October 14 as a particularly “immense” day for Apple.

Furthermore, the company is apparently planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, nearly a month ahead of the iPhone 6‘s assumed October 14 launch… Read More

 

Apple reportedly laying off some Beats staff, transitioning Beats Music to iTunes servers

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music, a music-streaming service, and Beats Electronics, a highly lucrative premium headphone business, is nearing its completion.

Monday, the European Commission okayed the deal, saying it won’t stifle competition in Europe.

Though still pending regulatory approval in the United States, Apple is expecting to complete the purchase by the end of September.

Analyzing the inner workings of the Cupertino firm in the wake of the Beats acquisition, a reputable publication has shed more light on the transition phase and behind-the-scenes moves… Read More

 

No new Apple TV box expected this year

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

We’ve been kinda holding our breath for an Apple TV hardware refresh this year. Sadly, early signs haven’t been encouraging thus far.

For instance, part leaks are non-existent while useful information in terms of which new hardware capabilities the updated box might bring is few and far between.

Pouring cold water on the “New Apple TV in 2014″ meme, The Information, a new publication by the former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin, has learned that Tim Cook & Co. have no plans to update the hardware in the $99 media-streaming box this year.

Depending on who you ask, cable companies are “dragging their heels” in terms of negotiating content deals for the device, whereas Apple is reportedly biting off “more than it can chew”Read More

 

Yahoo redesigns Finance app for real-time

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

If you’re something of a number guy like Apple’s Time Cook, there’s no better way to catch up on the latest stock quotes, company trends and breaking financial news than Yahoo’s excellent Finance service, available on the web and mobile.

I mean, even Apple’s own Stocks uses Yahoo as a data source. Today, the Internet company has pushed a new update to its free Finance iOS app.

It’s got a brand new look, introduces real-time pre and after-market data, offers built-in financial news and more… Read More

 

FreedomPop adds LTE iPads to its no-contract free data, text and voice plans

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

FreedomPop, a startup backed by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom which provides free or inexpensive Internet service on the Sprint network, today added the original iPad mini and other cellular-capable iPads to its stable of supported devices.

Apple’s LTE iPads, along with Samsung’s seven-inch Galaxy Tab 3, are now eligible for FreedomPop’s no-contract, free of charge voice, data and text plan.

It’s basically the same plan that the company originally offered to smartphone owners. Additional voice and data is available for a fee.

Regardless of whether you’re buying a little used iPad mini from FreedomPop or bringing your device over from another carrier, FreedomPop will treat you to gratis 500MB of LTE data, 200 voice minutes and 500 text messages.

But how does one take advantage of voice minutes and text messages on LTE iPads which only support data connections over cellular? Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

How to get a tax break on Apple products

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 30, 2014

Apple is reminding customers of the upcoming sales tax free days in the United States. Specifically, as part of the back-to-school sales tax holidays, the company is reminding would-be shoppers of a not-to-be-missed opportunity to buy select Macs, iOS devices, accessories, educational software and services at a significant discount.

The Online Apple Store is now advertising a tax break on Macs and iOS devices purchased both at its brick-and-mortar outlets and online.

Even better, tax-free purchases can be combined with Apple’s own 2014 Back To School promotion to net yourself up to $100 in Apple Store gift cards for Macs, iPhones and iPads… Read More

 

How to grab Mac screenshots like a pro

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

Ever since the dawn of the Computer Age, screenshots have been essential. Images showing software in action are used all over the web, on social media and in specialized magazines.

Blog about software, you’ll need screenshots. Putting together a useful how-to like this one, are we? Good, you’ll need even more screenshots.

Want to get your point across in an unambiguous manner? You’re definitely going to need memorable screenshots to illustrate your point effectively.

There are plenty applications, both paid and free, which allow you to grab screenshots, such as Skitch from Evernote, for example. But allow me to let you in on a dirty little secret: you don’t need any of them.

Assuming you’re in the vast majority of the population whose needs don’t go beyond grabbing screens, or are among the group that has no use for advanced annotation and image management capabilities, Apple has you covered.

I myself have never used a third-party app to grab screenshots. How’s so? Because OS X sports a compelling set of built-in shortcuts for taking different types of screen images in an instant, without having to even launch any kind of app.

Still, it’s surprising just how many folks are totally oblivious to the fact they can capture Mac screenshots. That being said, we’ve reckoned to do something about it.

This comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to take screenshots on your Mac like a pro and have fun in the process. Read More

 

Check out Bolt, Instagram’s Snapchat competitor

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

In case you missed it last week, Facebook-owned Instagram is hatching out a new mobile app to take on the likes of Snapchat, Taptalk and a growing list of other ephemeral messaging apps out there.

Several people have spotted a banner advertising the app in Instagram’s Android app. Billed as a “one-tap photo messaging” solution, they’re calling it Bolt.

I have good news and bad news. The good news is, the app’s just stealthily launched on the App Store. But, alas, Bolt is only available in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa for the time being.

And this is how Bolt looks like… Read More

 

Amazon updates Kindle app with placeholders, note exporting, Wikipedia integration and more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

Hot on the heels of announcing a standalone all-you-can-eat subscription for books and audiobooks costing ten bucks per month, the online retail behemoth Amazon has issued an interesting update to its free Kindle for iOS app.

In addressing customer complaints, the company has brought out several new features that make sync and navigation easier. For starters, Kindle 4.4 lets you create placeholders to explore other areas of the book without losing your current place.

I’m exited about Wikipedia integration: you can now easily learn more about a word by selecting it to read an entry from Wikipedia in the Info Card at the bottom of the page… Read More

 

OneNote for iPhone, iPad and Mac now lets you insert files, password-protect sections and more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

Software giant Microsoft today is pushing a major update to its note-taking application for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, OneNote. Available free of charge, the new OneNote sports half a dozen new features and enhancements.

Among them: the ability to lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows and another one making it possible to insert files into your notes from other applications using the ‘Open In’ function.

You can then open the inserted file within the app, by double-tapping, or send it to nearby devices through Apple’s wireless sharing technology, AirDrop. Read on to learn about other new features in OneNote for iOS and OS X…. Read More

 
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