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.

House of Marley unveils inexpensive Rebel on-ear headphones that give Beats a run for its money

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

House of Marley, a music electronics brand deeply rooted in Bob Marley’s vision of consciousness, upliftment and change, today launched the Rebel, an inexpensive on-ear wireless headphones. Featuring power-efficient Bluetooth networking and priced at just $69.99, this headset is a viable option for those who can’t stand wires and value crisp sound and sustainable craftsmanship.

With up to eight hours of continuous play, courtesy of a built-in rechargeable battery, along with an integrated microphone, A2DP stereo profile and 40mm moving coil drivers, the Rebel is the perfect alternative to the much costlier Apple-owned Beats audio accessories. Read More


How to delete your SoundCloud account

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Our tutorial series covering deleting accounts on popular online services continues with today’s how-to on removing accounts from SoundCloud.

A Berlin, Germany based audio distribution platform, SoundCloud is popular with independent musicians and content creators who on average upload twelve hours worth of audio every minute for nearly 200 million unique monthly listeners on the service.

The mobile SoundCloud app is cleanly designed and easy to understand, but has recently removed the upload functionality, a controversial move that prompted some users to leave the service.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to delete your account with SoundCloud and remove all your data from the service. Read More


iOS 9 adoption accelerates, hits 70% of devices

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Apple’s dashboard for app developers was updated today with fresh new statistics pertaining to the rate of iOS 9 adoption. As derived from logs of iOS devices that have accessed the App Store on November 30, 2015, the various iOS 9 versions are now found on seven out of each ten devices in the wild. By comparison, just two weeks ago iOS 9 adoption stood at the 67 percent mark. Read More


Readdle’s PDF Expert 5 for Mac picks up new features for easier document manipulation

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle launched the Mac edition of PDF Expert, its popular PDF viewer app for iOS, in mid-November. Today marks the first major feature-focused refresh of the app in the Mac App Store.

The app now lets you mail a flattened copy of your PDF and rotate a page without entering the Pages mode. It will remember on what page you’ve left your document so that the next time you open the same file you can continue right where you left off. Read More


Chrome for iOS gains 3D Touch shortcuts and support for more Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google today updated its Chrome browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store with two new feature additions: 3D Touch shortcuts on the Home screen via the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and expanded support for shortcuts when the app is used with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Pressing firmly on Chrome’s Home screen icon on your iPhone 6s will now bring up a 3D Touch menu with Voice Search, New Incognito Tab and New Tab options. Read More


Rumor: 4″ iPhone 6c with colorful metal body designs launching in February 2016

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Another sketchy rumor was published today, claiming that Apple will be launching a rumored successor to its now discontinued, unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c in February of next year.

Citing supply chain sources familiar with the matter, Chinese publication TechWeb said that the device will feature a metallic enclosure treated with a wide range of colors. Read More


Microsoft Store employees make a peace offering to their Apple Store peers in holiday video

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Following Apple’s holiday ad featuring Stevie Wonder and Andra Day, rival Microsoft today released its own holiday-themed commercial in which employees of its retail store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue are shown spreading the message of peace outside of Apple’s iconic glass cube store.

As reported by AdAge, Microsoft flew store employees from around the country to New York City to film this commercial on November 16. Read More


Apple honors World AIDS Day with (RED) apps, products, accessories and more

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Apple logos on the company’s retail stores around the world have turned bright red today, and that means one thing: it’s honoring the World AIDS Day. In the App Store, Apple and (RED) joined forces with developer Supercell, with 100 percent of proceeds from customers who buy (RED) packs for Supercell’s games going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

And via its homepage at Apple.com, the company is inviting customers to help the initiative by purchasing (RED)-branded products like Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Watches and accessories such as Beats headphones, the Smart Cover for the iPad Air and the Smart Case for the iPad Air 2. Read More


Hangouts for iOS now supports Apple Watch, gains quick-replying from notifications and more

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Google Hangouts, the search giant’s instant messaging and VoIP mobile client, was updated in the App Store last evening with several new features and refinements.

For starters, Apple Watch owners can now respond to instant messages received from other Hangout users directly on their wrist and also from the notification banner on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (provided they use iOS 9.1). Read More


Personal Pickup now available in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Personal Pickup, a handy option which makes it easy for customers to order an Apple product online and have it delivered a few hours later to a specific retail store for pickup, is now available in the following major markets within the European Union: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, as first reported by German blog Macerkopf.de. Read More


Sketchy report calls for iPhone 7 with USB-C, dual cameras, Touch ID-integrated screen & more

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

A sketchy rumor originating from sources in China has it that Apple is currently experimenting with at least five different iPhone 7 configurations, each with its own unique hardware characteristics.

Some of the features Apple is reportedly testing out for the next iPhone include a USB Type-C connector compatible with wireless headsets, wireless charging, multi-touch-capable Force Touch technology, dual cameras and a next-generation Touch ID technology embedded within the display. Read More


Google Docs and Play Books gain new features

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Several of Google’s applications in the App Store—including Docs, Slides, Sheets, Play Books and YouTube—have gained new features or bug fixes in a barrage of updates this morning. The company’s productivity and Office replacement app, Docs, will now render your comments and suggestions in Print layout, show line spacing and strikethrough in Office’s Compatibility mode and let you control paragraph directionality for right-to-left languages. Read More


How to stop your Apple TV from going to sleep

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Your Apple TV goes to sleep by default after an hour. You can also enter sleep mode at any time by long-pressing the Home button on the Siri Remote to bring up a menu with the Sleep option. But what about those times when you want it running uninterrupted?

If your company uses Apple TVs in the conference room, for instance, you will want to leave them running in Conference Room mode, without going to sleep. Or, you may want to leave Apple’s gorgeous Aerial screensaver running on your big screen TV until you manually put your Apple TV to sleep.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to prevent your Apple TV from going to sleep after a predetermined period of inactivity, select between the sleep-related options and more. Read More


How to delete your Twitter account

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

If you’ve had enough of Twitter and are planning on permanently deleting your Twitter account, iDownloadBlog has you covered.

For starters, know that you cannot delete a Twitter account outright. Instead, you must first deactivate your account, which basically puts it in a queue for permanent deletion from Twitter.

But unlike online services such as Whatsapp and Viber, Twitter’s deactivation process is unavailable on mobile devices and must be done by accessing Twitter’s web interface on a computer.

In this tutorial, we’ll take you step by step through deactivating your Twitter account, lay out what happens to your data and tell you about a few other things you should be aware of. Read More


Apple Music is coming to Sonos speakers on December 15

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Apple Music streaming will be coming to Sonos speakers on December 15, the company announced on Twitter this morning. Eddy Cue, Apple’s Vice President of Internet Software and Services, said earlier this year that Apple Music support will launch before year-end. Read More


Apple seeds OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 to developers and public beta testers

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Apple today released a fifth beta of the forthcoming OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 software update. The new software carries a build number of 15C48a and is available through the Purchased tab in the Mac App Store app on Macs that have a prior El Capitan 10.11 beta installed or as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers Read More


Microsoft rolling out Cortana for iOS to beta testers

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Following its announcement earlier in the month that Cortana for iOS would soon launch for a limited number of beta testers, Microsoft has now made good on that promise and started rolling out the beta software, TechCrunch reported this past weekend.

Cortana for iOS looks just like the Windows 10 Mobile and Android equivalents, and works in a very similar way, with a few exceptions stemming from Apple-imposed restrictions on third-party iOS app development. Read More


Ex Top Gear presenter shows off Amazon’s drone delivery system

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Jeremy Clarkson, the former host and presenter of BBC’s Top Gear show, has been hired by Amazon to promote its products. In addition to a recent commercials aired in the United Kingdom which promotes Amazon’s Fire devices, Clarkson can be seen in the most recent Amazon video showing off the Prime Air, the online retail giant’s drone delivery system first announced back in December of 2013. Read More


Rumor: major MacBook Air redesign due in 2016, new 15″ model in tow

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2015

Apple’s MacBook Air notebook is rumored to receive a thorough redesign next year alongside a brand new fifteen-inch model introduction, according to a report Monday by Economic Daily News.

The thinner, faster machine is thought to be up for an official introduction at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer of 2016.

If true, it will mark the first major facelift of Apple’s MacBook Air notebook since its debut eight years ago. Read More


Impending Instagram update will let you seamlessly manage multiple accounts

by Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2015

Mobile photography service Instagram is testing a new feature with a subset of its users that was designed to permit users to seamlessly manage multiple accounts and switch between them, without having to sign out of their current account, AndroidPolice said two days ago.

The feature is now being tested with some users who are enrolled in the company’s official Android beta testing program, and should come to the iOS app soon. Read More

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