by Jim Gresham on Mar 2, 2014
Continuing to grow with demand and reader input, the Wallpapers of the Week section is a quite popular place on the site for downloads. Additionally, the comment sections are becoming a repository of reader screenshots and images. For that, we thank you.
Over the past two weeks, super hero packs dominated the wallpapers of the week. They were met with much fan fair but it was suggested to move away from “themed” wallpaper sets. While I fully anticipate going back to the wallpaper themed pack options in the future, it is time for a change. Instead of created images, natural photography is stunning, when done correctly… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Feb 23, 2014
In response to the feminine pink wallpaper from several weeks ago, the Wallpapers of the Week section turned in a masculine direction. It is known to us, a majority of the readership is male, but who knew a pink wallpaper would upset so many readers.
In an effort to, well, make up for my mistake, I turned to hyper masculine super heroes. Last week I featured a small pack of hero wallpapers to much reader satisfaction. As promised, if the first pack was a big hit, this is the follow up. We listen to our readers and encourage you to keep the feedback coming… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Feb 16, 2014
Wallpapers are the way we customize our iOS devices. Unless you are a jailbreaker, changing wallpapers is one of the only ways to separate your gadget from the millions of other iPads and iPhones across the world. In an effort to help users personalize their experience, the Wallpapers of the Week section curates some of the best wallpapers each week.
Of course, we listen to our readers. A couple weeks ago, I posted the newest Apple advertising wallpaper, designed to help push iPads for Valentine’s Day. In an overwhelming response, no one had a positive comment to leave at the article’s end. Furthering the effort to man-up the section, several hyper masculine super hero wallpapers are included… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Feb 9, 2014
Another post arrives in the Wallpapers of the Week section, as the calendar turns to another Sunday. Last week, we posted Apple’s newest teaser wallpaper which debuted in their Valentine’s Day advertisement for iPad Air. As the wallpaper was pink, it seems our hyper masculine readership did not take very well to the selection.
Considering the small rebellion, today the wallpapers are photo images, which is a complete break from any Apple replicated gradient images. We try to monitor the sentiment of readers through the comment section. If you want to help direct the wallpapers, keep the comments coming, but we rely on positive comments too… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Feb 2, 2014
This week Apple took to their online store, promoting the latest in suggested Valentine’s Day presents for friends, loved ones, and significant others. In this particular splash image, an iPad Air hovered above a heart shadow with a very pink wallpaper.
I did not think much of the wallpaper used to advertise Apple’s latest tablet, until I began receiving tweets asking about the image. Several dedicated iDB readers know that I collect wallpaper images for this very post. Every Sunday, in the Wallpapers of the Week section, the best images that are stumbled across or sent over, receive highlight in the post. Causing such a stir, I assumed we could all lower our masculine preferences for a week and celebrate pink… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Jan 26, 2014
We come around to another week, celebrating with the Wallpaper of the Week section. Before digging around for new walls, it is important to point out, there were loads of new tweaks released last week for your jailbroken iPhone. Stylistic tweaks are always complimented by the correct wallpaper and we aim to please.
If many of you follow the section regularly, it is no surprise today is a feature of Italian graphic artist AR7. Several of his wallpapers were included in previous posts and he is well known in the community as one of the best wallpaper creators on the net. Take a look inside for a small wallpaper pack, his new app, and a jailbreak theme… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Jan 26, 2014
Right before leaving for CES, I received a survival pack from Incipio. CES survival is not necessarily about human survival, as much as it is about gadget survival. Opening the survival kit revealed an offGRID iPhone 5 Backup Battery Case and the offGRID Portable Backup Battery, both of which came in handy on my trip. An iPhone must eat too and at a large day-long event where signal is weak, battery juice drains like a leaking faucet.
Having portable power is essential when traveling or even if your older iPhone battery is not fit. Long plane rides are murder on an iOS device when chain smoking videos and Infinity Blade III sessions. Save yourself a dead device and take along a backup battery that is light and powerful… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Jan 19, 2014
Turning the page on another week, more wallpapers are celebrated as the week’s favorites. Keeping a fresh wallpaper supply is just as important as keeping clean socks ready at a moment’s notice. I change mine constantly, wallpapers that is, and am always scouring for a new image.
Over the past week, Apple enthusiasts were excited to point out the iPhone turned seven. Sebastien, Jeff, and Cody even spoke about their experiences with the launch in Let’s Talk iOS podcast 011. In order to reminisce or show dedicated support for Apple, this week a small set of Apple logo wallpapers are ready for iPad and iPhone… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Jan 12, 2014
Heading into the second half of our first year, the Wallpaper of the Week section continues to be a popular location within the iDB web community. At the turn of 2014, we ran down some of the most popular articles during the year. I am excited to say, the wallpapers had a great footprint, even though it only started during the late summer months.
I continue to receive submissions from readers, which helps populate the section. With the new format, readers can submit any wallpapers they think are excellent options, regardless of authorship. Future posts include images that were either rounded up from across the web or submitted by users. Today, there is a mixture of both… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Jan 5, 2014
As we enter the new year, we are celebrating with more wallpapers. This is the beginning of a seven month climb into the Wallpaper of the Week section. If you are keeping close tabs on the installments, we are trying a new platform. Now, readers are encouraged to send in their excellent wallpapers for consideration in the post. We feel like this will further engage our readership and help everyone feel more connected to the site.
With the new format in mind, there are potentially hundreds of submissions that may come any given week. I make it a point to look through the images, but sometimes it is less timely than others. I appreciate everyones’ interest in the section and hope you look forward to it each week… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Jan 4, 2014
The changing of the calendar year marks the beginning of new technologies. Like the rising and falling sun, CES steadfastly holds the first full week in January for announcements and debuts of tech gear, gadgets, and controlled chaos. In a flurry of excitement, tech leaders from around the globe are descending on Las Vegas, which plays host to the giant 150,000+ attendees exhibition.
Leading to the large turn out, 3,200+ exhibitors crowd every single square inch of the Las Vegas Convention center, where I will survive the next week in a tech related stupor. The convention is a pilgrimage, the life long requirement of anyone who considers themselves versed in the tech world. As a second-year attendee, I have a better understanding of the week’s events and hope to gather new insight for the upcoming year… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 29, 2013
If you missed the announcement last week, the Wallpapers of the Week format is changed. In a new effort to continuously provide top quality wallpaper images, readers are encouraged to submit any attractive wallpapers instead of simply ones created by an artist only. This switch also allows the images to be seasonally appropriate.
In a seasonally appropriate mindset, with Christmas behind us, the next holiday is celebrating 2014. Each year, a limited amount of new year options are created, primarily due to their short shelf life on users’ devices. However, several choices were rounded up and offered herein… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 23, 2013
We are celebrating as we quickly approach Christmas, for those who observe the holiday. Additionally, today marks the 26th installment of Wallpapers of the Week, which means we hosted the section for exactly one half year. I enjoyed seeing the wallpapers from different artists each week and choosing which ones to post.
However, this week will mark a change in the wallpaper posts. Over the past six months, wallpaper submissions from readers dwindled. Although the post is frequently a highly trafficked article, readers slowly stopped sending in their work. Currently, I only receive three to four submissions each week. While I frequently reconsidered past wallpapers, the well is drying up. Posting quality images each week is becoming a challenge; therefore, the format must change to remain relevant… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 23, 2013
It is the Christmas time of year and we are having a small celebration here on iDB. With the newly released Evasi0n7 jailbreak, there is plenty of reason for merriment. To share the Christmas excitement, we teamed up with a few companies to offer little stocking stuffers to a lucky reader.
From a small screen cleaner to aluminum earbuds, there is a little something in here for everyone. However, we will picking only one lucky winner to stuff their stocking with all of the items included in the details below… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 21, 2013
Styli are not the coolest pieces of hardware on the market. In fact, when I think ”stylus,” nothing cool comes to mind. I never wanted a stylus for my iOS devices, but I used one in the past, circa 2004 on a Windows based device. Those were clearly the bad days of my gadget obsession.
Arguably making things much cooler and more useful, Sensu developed a brush-type stylus for artists and amateurs alike. Popularly known for brush head styli, the company attempts to deliver an authentic experience to the digital marketplace. The goal of their endeavor is to create a “spring and restiveness that feels like real painting” and I would argue, there is certain success with this product… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 20, 2013
The second annual holiday gift guide is taking submissions from the iDB editing team. Looking back, there are quite a few items that made my list this year, most of which were released in 2013. Also, as the hardware review editor, many of the items were reviewed on the site.
Last year I took a look at bargain priced items, but I threw pricing to the side this year. Why limit the excitement to items under $30? Take a look below for my suggested gifts for the gear head in your life. In no particular order, genre or category, let’s dive in… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 16, 2013
Many people turn to their iOS devices as a way to catch up on news and consume reading materials, keeping updated with daily happenings. Other than Twitter, there are few options to instantly give a short synopsis of a story or news blurb.
Personally, I use Flipboard, but even it utilizes the entire article. If you are pressed for time or only want the key points of an otherwise much larger article, a new app called Gist is aiming to provide only the quick details of news articles… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 15, 2013
‘Tis the season to be merry! Getting back on track with seasonally appropriate images for the Wallpapers of the Week section, today the walls are festively natured. Considering the new iOS 7 layered interface allows translucent viewing through the operating system, changing your wallpaper affects many places throughout iPhone.
From the passcode screen and dialer buttons, to Notification Center and sub-menu screens, the wallpapers shine through. If you are looking to make sure your whole iPhone is candy cane red, we have the perfect wallpaper for your holiday season… Read More
by Jim Gresham on Dec 13, 2013
Ever away from your desk, but need to access something on your desktop? What about copying something on your Mac and pasting it to your iPad? Thanks to a new updated version of Screens, Edovia dev team is making remote view a simple and easy task for any user.
Previously, remote viewing was a complicated task reserved for the super nerds and IT geeks. However, with the spawn of tablets, the common man is now capable of logging into remote desktop through simplified app clients. As I am frequently away from my desk traveling, I decided to take a closer look at Screens… Read More