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.

Introducing the iDB Deals Store

by Sébastien Page on Jan 27, 2015

Everybody at iDB is happy to announce the iDB Deals Store. Developed in partnership with our friends at StackSocial, the iDB Deals Store will bring you exclusive deals on Apple and iOS gear, accessories, software, and more. And to mark the launch of the store, we’re offering 10% off everything in there for the next week! Read More

 

uHealth wants to help you improve your focus and attention

by Sébastien Page on Jan 26, 2015

We’re an ADHD nation. Smartphones, apps, instant messages, and everything else is definitely not helping us keep focused on things for more than just a few minutes. However, one app in the App Store is trying to change that. Based on a pretty impressive eye-tracking technology, uHealth wants to help you improve your focus and attention through short brain training exercises. Read More

 

23 new jailbreak tweaks to check out

by Sébastien Page on Jan 25, 2015

Looking at the amount of new tweaks released this past week, it seems that there definitely is a slowdown happening. For reference, the last couple weeks had seen 30+ releases, some of them being massive tweaks too.

The last few days have indeed been more quiet, and the Jailbreak Tweaks section on iDB is a testimony of that. But let’s not get discouraged. Maybe it was just one of those slow weeks, and things will pick up again in the next few days. In the meantime, have a look at these 23 tweaks and let us know which ones have peeked your interest. Read More

 

About the Apple Watch battery life, and other news picks

by Sébastien Page on Jan 25, 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

 

This widget lets you play Minesweeper directly from Notification Center

by Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2015

Minesweeper Widget Edition is a new app launching in the App Store today that, as you might have guessed, brings a playable Minesweeper widget to the Today tab of Notification Center. Developed by the same guy who made Overglide, another playable Notification Center widget, Minesweeper Widget Edition promises to offer short and quick gaming to make your wait in line at the grocery store ever so enjoyable. Read More

 

AT&T introduces unlimited calling to Mexico

by Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2015

AT&T announced on Tuesday that it is now making a new calling package available, allowing its customers to get unlimited calling to Mexico. Available for a monthly price of $5 per line, the AT&T World Connect Value calling plan offers free unlimited calls to Mexico, as well as discounted calls to 225 countries. Read More

 

Thermos lets you control your Nest from Notification Center on iPhone and iPad

by Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2015

Thermos for iPhone and iPad is the first application to let you control your Nest thermostat directly from your iPhone or iPad’s Notification Center. Already available for Mac (read our review), Thermos has now made its way to iOS with a Notification Center widget that allows Nest user to adjust the temperature of the thermostat, as well as setting it to Away, or turning it off altogether. Read More

 

30 new tweaks to check out this weekend

by Sébastien Page on Jan 18, 2015

After an incredibly prolific amount of releases last week, things seem to have calmed down again in Cydia, with 30 new tweaks released during the last 7 days. If you haven’t had time to launch Cydia lately, make sure to take a couple minutes to peruse this list of tweaks, and catch up on what’s new and interesting. Read More

 

This week on iDB: cracking down on App Store abuse

by Sébastien Page on Jan 18, 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 Yosemite Interactive User Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to computer

by Sébastien Page on Jan 15, 2015

There are several ways to transfer iPhone contacts to a computer, but the quickest and easiest way to do that might just be with an app. The concept is simple: use an app to export contacts, then email that list of contacts to yourself, or to whoever you want to share the contacts with. In this post we’ll show you how to use an app called Easy Backup to transfer contacts from an iPhone to a computer. Read More

 

How to quickly scan a business card and save contact info

by Sébastien Page on Jan 14, 2015

We recently published a post about the best apps to scan business cards, highlighting several applications that take advantage of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read the information of a business card, and save that information to the Contacts app. There are many options available, paid or free, but a new one recently got on my radar. Its simplicity and efficiency deserves its own post. Read More

 

Apple cracks down on users who abuse the 14-day return policy for digital content in Europe

by Sébastien Page on Jan 12, 2015

Users looking to abuse Apple’s new 14-day return policy for digital purchases in Europe will be in for a bad surprise, as the company has apparently been taking measures against those that want to dishonestly take advantage of the system.

According to one account from a user who had been abusing the return policy by downloading a dozen apps and requesting refunds after “trialing” them, Apple quickly caught up to the scheme and is now warning him he won’t be eligible for refunds for newly purchased applications. Read More

 

The million dollar jailbreak

by Sébastien Page on Jan 12, 2015

A controversy quickly followed the release of the evasi0n7 jailbreak, when the evad3rs released it a year ago. The group of hackers responsible for the jailbreak had allegedly inked a deal with a Chinese company called TaiG to bundle their installer to the jailbreak for Chinese locals in exchange for a monetary compensation that we believed was in the amount of one million dollars. One million dollars! Unfortunately for the evad3rs, things went sideways. TaiG turned out to be an installer that facilitated piracy. The evad3rs pulled the plug on it, kissing their one million dollars goodbye. Read More

 

37 new jailbreak tweaks released in this jam-packed week

by Sébastien Page on Jan 11, 2015

Wow, what a week!

These are the words I said to myself after I finished listing all the new tweaks that were released this past week in Cydia. And there were some pretty original and useful tweaks too, but you be the judge of that.

If you haven’t had time to catch up with Cydia this week, then this list will give you a quick overview of what was released, along with a short description and the price of each tweak. My guess is, you’ll be busy testing a lot of them out this weekend. Read More

 

This week on iDB: one port to rule them all

by Sébastien Page on Jan 11, 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 Yosemite Interactive User Guide in the iBooks Store. Read More

 

Reports of the iPod shuffle’s death are greatly exaggerated

by Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

Apple is not killing off the iPod shuffle, according to a report from Billboard who cites sources with knowledge of the situation. Instead, the publication says that “Apple is actually going thorough component supplier changes that have interrupted production of the Shuffle.” If this report is to be believed, slipping iPod shuffle shipping times and unavailability in Apple Stores around the country could simply be explained by the fact that Apple is switching components supplier. Read More

 

Apple could release iOS 8.1.3 next week

by Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

BGR is out with a report today claiming that Apple could be releasing a software update as soon as next week. It is unclear whether it would be a beta release, or the public release of iOS 8.1.3, but the publication notes the software could be available Tuesday or Wednesday.

iDB’s own analytics showed a very clear spike of traffic yesterday emanating from devices running iOS 8.1.3 on Apple’s networks, which could indicate that the public version of iOS 8.1.3 is right around the corner and currently being seeded to select Apple employees. Read More

 

Burstio turns your burst photos into videos or animated GIFs

by Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

Bustio is a new app released in the App Store that will turn your burst photos into animated GIFs or videos, which you can then save to your Camera Roll or share with others via several channels.

The concept is pretty simple. After taking a series of photos in burst mode with your iPhone camera, simply launch Burstio, and select the burst of photos you want to use. From there you have the option to adjust the playback speed from slow, to normal, to fast. Then hit the export button to convert the burst photos into an HD video or an animated GIF. Read More

 

Eight years ago today, Apple was going to reinvent the phone

by Sébastien Page on Jan 9, 2015

A widescreen iPod with touch controls. A revolutionary mobile phone. A breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod. A phone. And an internet communicator. An iPod. A phone. Are you getting it?

I still get goose bumps watching this.

 

Apple is Charlie too!

by Sébastien Page on Jan 8, 2015

Following the terrorist attack on the office of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Apple is now showing its support by displaying a black banner reading “Je suis Charlie” on its French website. Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie) has been a statement used by supporters of free speech in France and many places around the world, following the terrible massacre that left 12 people dead yesterday.

As a French citizen and a firm believer in free speech, I feel terribly saddened and enraged by the attack. As a human being, it definitely feels good to see the support the whole world has been offering. Read More

 
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