About Sébastien Page

Sebastien is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iDB. Once a BlackBerry user, Sebastien instantly fell in love with the iPhone when it was first announced in 2007. Shortly after, he decided to start sharing his knowledge of iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking, which led to the creation of this blog. Sebastien currently owns 7 iPhones, 4 iPads, an iMac, a MacBook Air, and 2 Apple TVs. When he's not surfing the web, you can usually find Sebastien surfing the waves of Southern California, or traveling the world with his wife Tina and his daughter Chloé. You can find Sebastien on Twitter, Google+, and App.net. You can also email him at seb [at] idownloadblog.com.

Apple Watch is delightfully liberating

by Sébastien Page on May 4, 2015

In a post I published before Apple Watch was even released, I noted that the most important features Apple hadn’t emphasized about the device were its convenience, and immediacy. Convenient because it is right there on your wrist, and immediate because everything is one raise of the wrist away.

I stand behind what I wrote at the time, especially now that I’ve had time to actually use Apple Watch and confirm my early beliefs. Something I hadn’t envisaged though is how liberating Apple Watch can be. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Aspectus, Echo, PullBulletin, and more

by Sébastien Page on May 3, 2015

Recently, we’ve been busy dreaming up the possible jailbreak tweaks for Apple Watch and discussing the topic on Let’s Talk Jailbreak, and to be honest, we kind of lost sight of the tweaks for iOS lately. Hopefully we can rectify this as the Apple Watch hype goes down. In the meantime, we listed all the tweaks that were released on Cydia this past week. There aren’t many of them, but we do have a couple interesting ones. Read More

 

Catch up with iDB’s top stories of the week

by Sébastien Page on May 3, 2015

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

Subscribe on iTunes

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

How to save battery on Apple Watch

by Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015

Apple designed Apple Watch with a battery life expectancy of 18 hours per day, and from my own experience, I can definitely attest that it usually far exceeds that number. But of course, it all depends on your usage. Depending on what you do with it, you might see better or worse battery life.

Below are some simple tips to extend Apple Watch battery life. Some of them are obvious, some of them are less obvious. Unless you want to be an extreme power saver, it would be silly to implement all these tips at once. My advice is to look at them, and pick and choose which one would allow you to enjoy your Apple Watch to the fullest extent while not compromising on the best features the device has to offer. Read More

 

This is not an Apple video, and Jony Ive is not narrating it

by Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015

Samsung’s latest video about the “advanced design and digital craftsmanship of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge” feels like déjà vu. Read More

 

The Apple Watch Home screen is a beautiful mess

by Sébastien Page on Apr 30, 2015

With the Apple Watch Home screen, Apple introduced a new layout and design that is a departure from what we have all been accustomed to with iPhone and iPad. Instead of favoring rows and columns of square-ish icons, Apple had to rethink the user interface and introduced us to an infinite and honeycomb-like fluid grid of apps devoid of pages, folders, or dock.

One could argue this design paradigm modernizes the Home screen as we know it, but beyond the new and refreshing look, I’ve had a hard time getting used to it and actually find it useful. As a matter of fact, I don’t find it useful at all. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at, but it is also a terrible mess to use. Organizing apps, looking for apps, and being able to accurately tap on their icons is something that I have had a difficult time with. Read More

 

Samsung’s Q1 profits drop 39%, but company sees redemption in Galaxy S6 line

by Sébastien Page on Apr 29, 2015

Samsung reported its financial results for Q1 yesterday, and the numbers aren’t great. The company reported net profits of 4.63 trillion won (about $4.35 billion), representing a 39% drop from the year ago quarter. Read More

 

How to sync podcasts with Apple Watch

by Sébastien Page on Apr 28, 2015

While you can sync music from your iPhone library to your Apple Watch, there is currently no way to sync podcasts, which is something Apple will likely address in a future update. In the meanwhile, podcast listeners must still be tethered to their iPhones to enjoy podcasts on the go with the help of Overcast, which apparently is the only podcast app with support for Apple Watch at this time. But again, it’s not really a solution as you have to have your iPhone nearby to listen to podcasts via Overcast on Apple Watch.

However, there is a workaround that allows you to sync podcasts with Apple Watch. Like all workarounds, it’s not very straightforward, and to be honest, a bit cumbersome, but if you want to listen to podcasts on your Apple Watch without an iPhone, this is currently your only option. In this post, we’ll show you how to sync podcasts with your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to force restart Apple Watch

by Sébastien Page on Apr 27, 2015

Apple Watch is many things, but at its core, it is basically a very small, yet very powerful computer. And just like every computer out there, sometimes things don’t go the way you intend or expect them to. Apple Watch is definitely no exception.

When or if your Apple Watch becomes unresponsive, there is a quick and easy way to get it back on track by simply performing a hard reset. In this post, we’ll show you how to force Apple Watch to restart. Read More

 

Early Apple Watch tests show very accurate health and fitness data tracking

by Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

It is an incredibly precise timepiece, a new way to communicate, but it is also a smarter way to look at fitness. Timekeeping and communication aside, early scientific and less scientific tests show Apple Watch is actually very accurate at tracking health and fitness data. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: Doorman, Gauss, NetflixSleepTimer, and more

by Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

If there is one thing we’ll remember from this past week, it’s probably not the amount of tweaks that were released, but more likely the launch of Apple Watch, which by the way, has so much potential for a jailbreak, but it’s an entirely different discussion.

Not much was released on Cydia this week, but there are still some pretty interesting tweaks. Take a look! Read More

 

This week’s top stories: Apple Watch, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch

by Sébastien Page on Apr 26, 2015

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

Subscribe on iTunes

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

25 useful tips to get you started with Apple Watch

by Sébastien Page on Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch is here! After months of anticipation, people around the world have started receiving their Apple Watch today. It’s now play time, or maybe more accurately, it’s learning time. Time to learn the ins and outs of this new device to get the most out of it.

In the next few days, iDB will be publishing guides on various aspects of Apple Watch, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you the heads up on some basic functions of Apple Watch, so that you know what to do with it right off the box.

In this post, we’ll share 25 tips to get you started with Apple Watch! Read More

 

Samsung invites developers to build apps for the next generation Gear

by Sébastien Page on Apr 23, 2015

Samsung wants developer to remember there is actually a world outside of the Apple ecosystem. No, not the Android Wear world. The Samsung Tizen world! In a press release conveniently published on April 24 (it’s already tomorrow in Korea), Samsung is inviting developers to help build the next Samsung wearable prior to its launch. Read More

 

How to disable WhatsApp Read receipts

by Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2015

You probably already know the two blue check marks you see next to your messages in WhatsApp conversations are Read receipts indicating your contact has indeed read your message. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can be very helpful at times, when you want to make sure your friend read your message for example. It can also be a curse, because you can’t really pretend you didn’t read a message if you actually have.

These problems are now a thing of the past with WhatsApp recent update that lets you disable and enable Read receipts at will. In this post, I’ll show you how to disable WhatsApp Read receipts. Read More

 

Apple Watch: getting #BandGate and #ShowerGate out of the way

by Sébastien Page on Apr 21, 2015

It’s inevitable. Like clockwork, following each new Apple product launch, you can be certain someone, somewhere, will find a way to create a controversy based on an alleged design flaw. The controversy then makes its way up the chain, usually ending up being “verified” by some YouTuber. This is when the controversy gets appended the “gate” suffix, and becomes the mother of all weaknesses, the Holy Grail of Apple’s negligence.

The issue with these problemgates, is that they’re often devoid of good commonsense, or simply devoid of actual understanding of the most basic rules of physics. Take Bendgate for example. Who wouldn’t have thought that applying a certain amount of force onto a device mostly made of aluminum would actually cause it to bend?

With Apple Watch arriving this Friday, I’m already anticipating a couple problemgates that may or may not materialize, but for good measures, I wanted to get ahead of the game and address them before they even start, because you know, good old commonsense can go a long way. Read More

 

Tweaks of the week: CyNotifier, FolderBlur, Eclair, and more…

by Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2015

It seems that the tweak release drought that hit us a few weeks back is over. Not only jailbreak developers are staying busy, but the most amazing thing to me is that smart people keep coming up with incredible tweaks. This week is no different. Read More

 

iDB’s top stories of the week

by Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2015

Like every Sunday, we get to take a look at some of the most popular posts that were published on iDB during the week that just ended. Whether it is a news item, a new jailbreak tweak, a tutorial, or an app review, we sum it all up in one convenient place for you.

As always, if you like what you’re reading, please feel free to spread the love by sharing our posts on your favorite social network.

We’re usually hanging out a lot on Twitter and Facebook, more rarely on Google+.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Let’s Talk iOS:

Subscribe on iTunes

And of course, make sure to catch up with the new episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak:

Want to support iDB? Download our iOS 8 Interactive User Guide or Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

How to download Instagram photos or videos to iPhone

by Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2015

Instagram has a fantastic community of photographers, with some of them more gifted than others. Every once in a while, I’ll see a photo or video on Instagram that I want to save to my iPhone for later viewing, or simply because I find it interesting.

The problem is Instagram doesn’t let you save photos or videos from within the app. I’m not completely sure why this isn’t an option, but I’d argue that copyright laws may have something to do with that, along with the fact that Instagram wants you to use the app rather than download photos directly to your iPhone.

With that said, there are of course ways you can download Instagram videos or photos to your iPhone. While using jailbreak tweaks is an option, we’ll focus on App Store apps that allow you to save content from Instagram to your iPhone. Read More

 

How to change the default name of screenshots on Mac

by Sébastien Page on Apr 16, 2015

When you take a screenshot on your Mac, OS X will by default name the file “Screen Shot Date Time” where “Date” and “Time” are the actual date and time when the screenshot was taken. This makes for long file names that aren’t necessarily helpful. If like me you want to have more control over that file name, then read on as I show you how to change the default name of screenshots on Mac. Read More

 
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