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.

Lightroom for iOS, Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw pick up new pro-grade features

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Photoshop maker Adobe today issued a series of updates to Lightroom for iPhone and iPad, Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw, adding several new features for photographers, including refreshed Edit and Capture interfaces, a new info section and a brand new Professional mode.

Lightroom for iPhone and Lightroom for iPad are available free on the App Store. The Lightroom CC 2015.8 update and Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 are available from Adobe. Read More

 

ChargePoint electric vehicle stations added to Apple Maps with Apple Pay support

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

ChargePoint operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network. As of today, ChargePoint’s electric vehicle stations in the U.S. can be found through Apple Maps, as reported by 9to5Mac. And because ChargePoint accepts Apple Pay, users can even initiate charging via Apple Maps and complete their payment with a touch of a finger.

ChargePoint locations appear on the map as badges that can be tapped to reveal information like business hours, pricing, whether or not they accept Apple Pay at that particular location and more. Read More

 

Apple partners with wind turbine maker Goldwind to bring more clean energy to Chinese suppliers

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

In an effort to help bring more clean energy to its Chinese suppliers, Apple and wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (also known as Goldwind) have entered into a cooperative joint venture agreement, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing spotted by the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment, a Goldwind subsidiary, will transfer its thirty percent stakes in four project firms that will stay subsidiaries under Goldwind for stock exchange purposes. Read More

 

Samsung counters Jet Black iPhone 7 with glossy “Black Pearl” Galaxy S7 Edge colorway

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Confirming recent rumor-mill talk of a glossy black edition of its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone, Samsung today officially announced a new Black Pearl color option in an attempt to counter what’s been reported as high demand for Apple’s new Black and Jet Black iPhone 7 models. The new colorway, Samsung said, “radiates quality and luxury” and was designed to be “modern and striking”. Read More

 

21 pay TV apps and 10 providers now support Apple’s new Single Sign-On feature

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Single Sign-On, Apple’s new feature that permits compatible video-streaming apps to unlock additional content by using your saved cable credentials, became officially available yesterday. Just a day after launch, apps from ABC and Disney have now gained support for Single Sign-On on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as Freeform, FXNOW and a few other apps, The Verge reported Thursday. Read More

 

You can now play Super Mario Run in Apple Stores around the world

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Ahead of its scheduled December 15 debut, Nintendo’s upcoming platformer Super Mario Run can now be experienced firsthand in your local Apple Store. That’s because the iPhone maker has installed Super Mario Run demo stations at its brick-and-mortar retail locations for pre-release play, as announced during Wednesday evening’s “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon. Read More

 

Apple wants to offer rentals for movies that just came out in theaters

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is in discussions with Hollywood studios about eventually offering home rentals for new movies two weeks after they’ve hit the silver screen, but at a price.

New flicks are usually available for purchase on the iTunes Store 90 days after theatrical releases, followed by rentals two to four weeks later.

Movie studios are now said to be discussing rentals two weeks after they open in theaters though encryption is among the concerns in these talks, the article notes. Read More

 

With T-Mobile’s new Digits service, your number can be used across multiple devices

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

U.S. wireless carrier today unveiled a new service, called Digits, which aims to uncouple your phone number from your mobile devices and wireless service plans.

According to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, Digits makes it so that you can use your T-Mobile number across multiple devices like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, desktop PCs and wearable devices.

Digits will also permit you to use multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device, making it easy to combine your work, home and personal numbers on a single smartphone with calls and texts appearing from the same number. Read More

 

Pandora’s subscription service in testing, “redefines what premium could and should be”

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

After recently refreshing its brand identity, the popular Internet radio service Pandora today officially announced its upcoming on-demand music service, simply called Premium, which the company says is going to redefine what “premium” could and should be.

Pandora Premium, “an effortless and flexible experience for all subscribers,” includes features that tune into each listener’s individuality while leveraging its deep knowledge of musical data. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 10.2 beta 7 to developers

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Just two days after releasing iOS 10.2 beta 6 to members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Beta Software Program and five days since iOS 10.2 beta 5 dropped, the Cupertino firm on Wednesday morning seeded a seventh beta of what would become the second major software update to iOS 10 since its September 2016 launch.

iOS 10.2 beta 7 (build number 14C92) is available as an-over-the-air download via the Software Update mechanism on devices with a prior beta and an appropriate configuration profile installed. A standalone installer is available via Apple’s dedicated portal for developers. Read More

 

Alto’s Adventure creators announce new game Alto’s Odyssey is coming in 2017

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Snowman, the brains behind the award-winning endless snowboard game titled Alto’s Adventure, today said that the time has come for something new in the form of Alto’s Odyssey, their brand new game scheduled for release some time in 2017 (we’re thinking early-2017).

Snowman’s Ryan Cash told me via email that long before Alto’s Adventure had even been released, they started working on an idea for what might come next. Read More

 

In November, App Store captured highest monthly sales ever in its history

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, the App Store last month enjoyed the highest monthly sales ever since its inception in the summer of 2008. “November 2016 was a record breaker for the App Store—the highest monthly sales ever in its history,” reads the tweet.

Although Schiller didn’t provide any hard numbers, in just two weeks during last year’s holiday season the App Store raked in a massive $1.1 billion revenue from sales of iOS apps and In-App Purchases. Read More

 

Fitbit buys Pebble’s software assets, but cancels new hardware

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Fitbit, the maker of popular activity and fitness trackers, has officially acquired Pebble. The deal was finalized this morning, both companies have said.

The acquisition includes all of Pebble’s software assets, but excludes any hardware. Yup, that’s right—looks like the Pebble smartwatch is officially dead.

“Due to various factors, Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity,” the company said. “We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices.” Read More

 

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn rumored to spend $7 billion on U.S. expansion

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Taiwan-based iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is said to be considering pouring as much as $7 billion into a massive expansion of its operations in the United States, looking to create 50,000 jobs within the country in the next four years, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Foxconn is reportedly looking to build a collection of U.S.-based assembly plants.

The company has confirmed being in preliminary discussions regarding expansion of its U.S. operations. CNBC earlier posted a slide which pegs the investment at $7 billion. Read More

 

iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus rumored to come in a brand new Red color option

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

Apple is prototyping as many as ten next-generation iPhone models, and most analysts agree that the company will probably launch a trio of new handsets next year: an ‘iPhone 8’ with a wraparound OLED screen and all-new industrial design and LCD-based ‘iPhone 7s’ and ‘iPhone 7s Plus’ models. According to a new report Wednesday from the fairly reliable Japanese outlet Mac Otakara, LCD iPhones may come in a brand new Red color option. Read More

 

Latest macOS 10.12.2 beta fixes MacBook Pro graphics glitches, says Apple’s Federighi

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2016

An annoying graphics glitching issue that some owners of the new MacBook Pro are seeing should become a thing of the past when macOS 10.12.2 Sierra software update releases for public consumption, according to a purported email message from Apple’s software boss Craig Federighi.

Portland-based MacRumors forum member Dennis reportedly received a reply from Federighi after asking Tim Cook via email about the reported glitches, which range from screen tearing and broken textures to brightly colored flickering and checkerboard patterns to issues with translucency, transparent graphics and other visual artifacts. Read More

 

Four new video providers join Single Sign-On ahead of iOS 10.2 release

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Single Sign-On, a feature that allows supported video apps to use your saved cable credentials, is launching some time next week alongside iOS 10.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and tvOS 10.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Ahead of these software updates, an additional four providers have pledged to support Single Sign-On at launch. Read More

 

Apple shares tips on getting the most out of Portrait mode photos on iPhone 7 Plus

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Rejoice, iPhone photography fans, as Apple shares useful tips from professional photographers on using Portrait mode with iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras to help users achieve best results when taking depth of field photos. As noted in a blog post published Tuesday morning on Apple’s website, the iPhone’s popularity has increased among photographers in 2016.

The post cites Flickr’s camera stats which rank the iPhone 7 Plus sixth within iPhone cameras on Flickr at over five million uploaded photographs. Read More

 

Apple’s machine learning researchers are now free to publish their findings

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Apple demands that its machine learning (ML) experts and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers do no publish their findings in research papers or share results of their work with fellow ML/AI experts, which scientists think is preventing the company from recruiting the brightest minds in the field. Realizing its mistake, Apple is changing its stance.

As announced by Russ Salakhutd, Apple’s director of AI research, the company’s machine-learning researchers are now free to publish some of their breakthroughs in and confer with colleagues. Read More

 

Upcoming Instagram update will let you turn off comments on a per-post basis & more

by Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

In its never-ending fight to curb abuse on its service, Instagram today said an upcoming new tool will let you completely turn off comments on individual posts.

As reported by The New York Times this morning and confirmed by Instagram itself, in addition to being able to turn off comments on individual posts users will be also permitted to remove followers on private accounts and like other people’s comments as well.

Back in September, Instagram launched keyword-based comment moderation as another measure to fight spammers and abusers who have been harassing honest users with unwanted comments and marketing messages. Read More

 
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