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.

Standalone ‘Showtime’ streaming service debuts on Apple TV for $10.99 per month

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2015

After CBS announced a month ago that it would soon appease cord-cutters by rolling out a standalone video-streaming service over the Internet, Re/code revealed Tuesday that the network’s premium cable television service called Showtime is now available through the Apple TV, no cable subscription required.

The standalone video-streaming service is available on Apple’s $69 media-streaming box in exchange for a flat monthly fee of $10.99 with iTunes billing. A free 30-day free trial is available provided you have set up a valid payment method in iTunes.

A matching iOS app is coming at a later stage. Read More

 

Samsung bracing itself for another profit drop after miscalculated Galaxy S6/Edge demand

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2015

Samsung just can’t catch a break.

Although Korean investors thought the flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones would turn Samsung’s fortunes around, the financial freefall continued when the South Korean conglomerate said Tuesday it expected to report a decline in revenue and profits when its second-quarter results go public later this month.

As the Wall Street Journal noted today, the unfortunate development marks Samsung’s seventh straight quarterly profit decline. A source attributed worse than expected results to seemingly lackluster sales of Samsung’s latest flagship handsets and a gross miscalculation in demand for the Galaxy S6 versus the Galaxy S6 Edge. Read More

 

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPad named IGN’s Free Game of the Month

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2015

IGN has partnered with Ninja Kiwi to name Bloons Tower Defense 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad its free game for the month of July. This popular tower defense download is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to redeem your copy following the instructions provided below.

This promotion is only available through IGN so don’t bother visiting the App Store, where Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPod touch currently sells for $2.99, with the iPad edition fetching an additional $4.99, so you’re looking at a cool $8 saved. Read More

 

Infuse 3.4 is live with folders, background audio, landscape lock on iPhone and more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Infuse 3, an elegant and versatile player for virtually any video file format you can think of created by jailbreak developer FireCore, has picked up a slew of new features and improvements in Monday’s version 3.4 update.

Infuse 3.4 makes it easy to organize your videos using folders, delete ones you no longer need from the ticket view, continue playing audio in the background after leaving the app to quickly check your email, and more. Read More

 

At long last, Instagram is increasing photo resolution to a sharper 1,080-by-1,080 pixels

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

I love Instagram but have always had a first-world problem with its paltry photo resolution. In today’s age of ultra-crisp mobile screens, 640-by-640 pixel images just don’t cut it anymore. Well, it took only a couple of years but Instagram just announced that it is rolling out support for bigger, crisper images on both iOS and Android.

“We’re rolling out 1080×1080 uploads (and higher-quality viewing) for Instagram on iOS and Android,” Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger wrote in a tweet today.

The company’s iPhone application wasn’t updated today with support for uploading and viewing crisper photos so it’s likely a silent update on Instagram’s servers. The official company blog did not share details about the sharper photography experience at post time. Read More

 

Microsoft’s new opinion-gathering app removes the friction around event planning

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Microsoft has released a brand new iPhone and iPad application in the App Store. Called Tossup, it was designed to make event planning and opinion-gathering a cinch by basically collecting answers from your friends to any questions you pose to them.

You can present people with a quick Yes/No poll, ask them to find and pick a restaurant, to agree on when to meet, invite them to extend the opinion about any topic and more. Read More

 

Amazon launches dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Online retail giant Amazon on Monday launched a brand new application in the App Store to give iPhone and iPad owners a quick way to access their documents, spreadsheets, music, photos and videos stored in Cloud Drive, Amazon’s storage locker in the cloud.

The new app, called Amazon Cloud Drive, is available at no charge in the App Store. For the uninitiated, Amazon’s Cloud Drive service offers you a choice between unlimited storage for your photos in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or $60 per year for an Unlimited Everything plan.

A free 90-day trial of Cloud Drive is available here. Read More

 

Skype for iPhone updated with location sharing

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Skype for iPhone has picked up the ability to share a location with others in its latest update in the App Store.

The Microsoft-owned VoIP program was bumped to version 5.14 Monday to make it trivial to share your current geographical location, or your favorite place, with friends and family using the paperclip icon in the chat window. Moreover, this edition of Skype introduces unspecified improvements.

The new version of Skype arrived hot on the heels of a recent update which brought out handy web link previews in the chat window and replying with dictation on Apple Watch. Read More

 

iPhone 6s is 0.2mm thicker than iPhone 6, leaked industrial design diagram indicates

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6s should measure 7.1mm deep, a 0.2 millimeter increase versus the current-generation iPhone 6, which measures 6.9mm deep. If true, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s will have the exact same thickness as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, according to a purported schematic leaked Monday to Engadget Japan by a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain.

KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said that an imperceptible increase in thickness was necessary to accommodate Apple’s implementation of force sensing on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus’s screen. Read More

 

Pegatron goes on a hiring spree ahead of next-generation iPhone production

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

With a little more than two months before its assumed September release, contract manufacturer Pegatron is reportedly in the process of hiring as many as 40,000 workers as it makes preparations to kick off assembly work on Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s refresh, according to a DigiTimes report this weekend.

Protek, a Pegatron subsidiary in eastern China, reportedly began recruiting workers at the end of June and will continue to do so until October, one month after the expected launch of the new iPhones.

Protek is planning to hire 40,000 workers in total, said the Taiwanese trade publication. Read More

 

First look at upcoming Minecraft: Story Mode

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2015

A brand new international reveal trailer posted during the July 4 weekend offers a tantalizing glimpse into Minecraft: Story Mode, an upcoming narrative-driven adventure game created by Minecraft developer Mojang in collaboration with Telltale Games, the makers of the Game of Thrones cinematic video game series.

Following its announcement back in December 2014, the official teaser trailer for Story Mode has now premiered at the Minecon show in London. The video depicts a game set in the world of Minecraft with its own original story that will be driven by player decision. The game will consist of five episodes, with the inaugural episode set for release in 2015. Read More

 

How to master Apple Music liking system to influence ‘For You’ recommendations

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2015

Apple Music offers a section called For You which provides a personalized selection of music based on your listening habits. On the surface, it sounds great until a song you can’t stand listening to anymore or an artist you really aren’t a big fan of gets injected into the For You feed.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could teach Apple’s algorithm exactly what music you like and, more importantly, what you dislike? Thankfully there is, but it takes a bit of a learning curve to master the Apple Music recommendation system.

Here’s what you need to know regarding fine-tuning For You recommendations and customizing your listening experience on Apple Music. Read More

 

Apple’s ‘El Capitan’ European trademark filing confusingly includes tablets

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2015

Is Apple really readying an iPad that could run both iOS and OS X? The toaster-refrigerator dilemma has been occupying the collective mind of fans who have been keeping their fingers crossed for the convergence of the Mac and iPad ever since the original iPad debuted more than five years ago.

Apple’s European trademark filing for ‘El Capitan’ is certainly intriguing, to say the least, as it mentions tablets as one of the devices targeted by the desktop operating system, as revealed yesterday by Patently Apple. Read More

 

Analysis of ‘iPhone 6s’ logic board suggests improved NFC, 16GB base model and more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2015

A leaked logic board has already offered a valuable insight into some of the many hardware enhancements in Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes. Thus far, we have learned about Qualcomm’s new baseband modem which doubles LTE download speeds, a slightly thicker enclosure to accommodate Force Touch sensors and possibly a higher-resolution Retina screen.

9to5Mac has teamed up with semiconductor experts at Chipworks in an effort to identify other chips and components based on images of an alleged iPhone 6s motherboard.

Here are their findings. Read More

 

SoundCloud for iOS gains shuffling, related tracks, sharing improvements and more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

SoundCloud, a Swedish online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, today issued a refresh to its gorgeous iPhone and iPad application, in time for the summer.

SoundCloud 3.10.0 for iOS now lets you play related tracks, shuffle liked tracks and audio files in your playlists, add or remove tracks directly from your playlists, plus share directly from the search screen and your list of liked tracks. Read More

 

Tweetbot’s iOS app gains alerts for Quoted Tweets, support for longer Direct Messages and more

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

About ten days since Tweetbot for OS X brought these new features to the Mac, now Tweetbot for iPhone and iPod touch has picked up support for notifications related to Twitter’s new embedded quoting feature while laying groundwork for longer Direct Messages, a feature Twitter announced almost a month weeks ago but has yet to enable on its end.

Also, Tweetbot 3.6.2 for Mac now produces crisper video thanks to improved video upload quality. Read More

 

Stargazing app Star Walk 2 goes free as Apple’s new Free App of the Week

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Star Walk 2 by Vito Technology Inc. is one of the best—if not the best—stargazing apps in the App Store. Thursday, Star Walk 2 got slashed to zero bucks as part of Apple’s Free App of the Week promotion in the App Store.

Winner of Apple Design Award, the app taps your iPhone’s sensors and the GPS to determine the exact position of stars, planets, constellations, comets, ISS, satellites, star clusters, nebulae and meteor showers in the night sky.

The app features crisp Retina graphics with augmented-reality style HUD that renders the sky over live camera feed, responding precisely to the movement of your device without requiring Internet connection. Read More

 

Download the original Infinity Blade blockbuster at no charge this July 4 weekend

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Infinity Blade, an elegiac iOS-exclusive masterpiece, is temporarily available free of charge in the App Store this weekend, as part of developer Chair’s July 4 celebration.

The first chapter in the epic trilogy, Infinity Blade debuted in November 2012 filing as the very first iPhone and iPad game driven by the remarkable Unreal Engine with a little help from Apple’s powerful 64-bit “A7” mobile processor.

The original blockbuster went free only twice since its release so grab it now before the price goes back up again and instantly save $5.99. Read More

 

Find out if Apple Music, Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 and iTunes Match are available in your country

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Apple’s new music package, available across 115 countries around the world, packs in Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 Radio, iTunes Match and Apple Music on-demand streaming. But not all of these services are available in each and every country.

For example, people in Romania can only enjoy iTunes Match. Beats 1 Radio is currently off-limits in nearly two dozen countries. In addition, eight countries currently lack access to Apple Music, Apple Music Radio and Beats 1 Radio.

This article helps you find out in which countries you can join Apple Music, listen to Apple Music Radio (formerly iTunes Radio) and Beats 1 Radio or subscribe to iTunes Match. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple Watch 2 screen to remain square, resolution unchanged

by Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Contrary to speculative reporting, a next-generation Apple Watch will not switch to a round screen instead as some watchers have been hoping. Moreover, the device’s screen resolution will remain unchanged from the first-generation model.

According to sources in Asian supply chain who spoke to Taiwanese media, it does however appear that the Apple Watch 2 display will be a tad thinner in order to accommodate a bigger battery. Read More

 
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