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.

iOS 7.1.1 clearly labels apps that offer in-app purchases

by Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2014

iOS 7.1.1 was released earlier today with a few enhancements and bug fixes. One new feature that has gone somewhat unnoticed is the addition of the In-App Purchases label that appear under the price/download button of applications.

This new label makes it really clear from the get go when an app contains in-app purchases. It’s something that Apple didn’t hide before as it’s been indicated directly under the name of an app in the app description since 2013, but this definitely clarifies things up and makes it more straightforward… Read More

 

The Godfather Trilogy on sale on iTunes for only $9.99

by Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2014

Apple is currently making you a favor you can’t refuse: The Godfather Trilogy for only $9.99, which really is a steal, especially considering that each individual movie of the trilogy sells for $15.

Whether you’ve never seen The Godfather or you’re a big fan, this is your best chance to own this bundle at a great price.

You can get The Godfather Trilogy for $9.99 from iTunes. Read More

 

This week on iDB: the JailbreakCon aftermath

by Sébastien Page on Apr 20, 2014

Like every Sunday, we bring you the stories that were the most popular on iDB during this past week. Whether it is a news piece, an editorial, a tutorial, a new jailbreak tweak, or an accessory review, we sum it all up in one convenient place.

If you like what you’re reading, please make sure 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:

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

We’re social! Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

How to set up an iTunes and App Store allowance

by Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2014

I recently found out there is a feature in iTunes that allows you to set up an allowance for someone to have access to a pre-determined amount of money to spend each month in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

A perfect illustration of this feature would be the case where parents would be able to set up an allowance for their kids. This way, kids have access to a credit they can spend each month, either on apps, movies, musics, books, etc.

In this post, I will show you how to set up an iTunes allowance so you can send a monthly iTunes Store credit to anyone… Read More

 

JailbreakCon 2014: behind the scene

by Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2014

As I am trying to write a catchy intro for this post, I can’t help but feel the pressure. I’m feeling the pressure mainly because I wrote a similar piece a couple of years ago when I first attended JailbreakCon. To date, this post is still one of my favorites I have published on iDB. Having set the bar pretty high, this sequel could prove to be like most sequels: uninspired and thrown out there to cash in on a previous success. This is a risk I am willing to take today.

Maybe more importantly, I am feeling the pressure because I don’t want to disappoint readers by writing the same story I wrote a couple years ago. I guess I’m feeling like a musician that is incapable of finding a different sound for his next album, you know, kinda like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sometimes it’s good to keep the same sound. Sometimes it gets repetitive and boring. Hopefully, this time will still feel as refreshingly honest as it did the first time, while still entertaining readers, which really is my ultimate goal.

Yes, my goal is not so much to tell you about all the great workshops and talks I attended at JailbreakCon this year. My goal is to share the other side of the story. The side that no one not attending the event would be able to experience if it wasn’t for the words I’m typing on the keyboard right now. Let’s call it the behind the scene story of JailbreakCon.

So this is me, sharing my story of JailbreakCon 2014. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it… Read More

 

Nike gives up on the FuelBand, making more room for the iWatch

by Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2014

Nick Statt, reporting for CNET:

Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET.

As early as this fall, Nike planned on releasing another iteration of the FuelBand — an even slimmer version — but cancelled the project, and it appears to have shelved all future physical product projects under the Digital Sport helm, the person familiar with the matter added.

One might argue it never really made sense for a shoe maker to build hardware. Still, it’s an interesting move, at an interesting time, especially when you know Tim Cook is on Nike’s board.

 

Watchout for Unflod, a malware targeting jailbroken devices

by Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2014

We often praise iOS as a very secure platform, and this is mostly true, as many studies have confirmed over the years. But sometimes, it’s not so much the platform that is responsible for the lack of security, it is the user himself.

The perfect illustration of this is when you jailbreak your device. By gaining root access to your iPhone or iPad, you start walking outside of Apple’s walled garden and actually put yourself at risk of having untrusted files installed on your device without your knowledge.

As a jailbreaker myself, I am very well aware of the risks, but I do not mind them because the benefits usually far outweigh the drawbacks, and I assume most jailbreak users feel the same.

This being said, a new malware called Unflod has been targeting jailbroken devices for a few weeks. While there is still a lot we don’t know about Unflod, the little information we have about it is enough to raise concerns… Read More

 

ShareLock lets you share photos directly from the Lock screen

by Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2014

There are a few tweaks that are dear to my heart, mainly because I came up with the concept behind them. SkipLock is one of these tweaks, and ShareLock is another one that was just released on Ryan Petrich’s beta repo.

The idea of ShareLock is pretty simple. It lifts the restriction put in place by Apple that prevents you from sharing photos you have taken using the camera grabber on the Lock screen. With ShareLock, you can simply launch the Camera app from the Lock screen grabber, snap a picture, and share it right away… Read More

 

Giveaway: Fantastical 2 for iPad

by Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2014

When someone asks me what the best calendar app is, I usually don’t think twice about recommending Fantastical 2. It’s simple, elegant, and very easy to use, making it the de facto choice for me.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, Fantastical 2 was only available on iPhone, but after several years, the fine folks at Flexibits have finally graced us with Fantastical 2 for iPad, which we reviewed and loved when it first came out.

If you haven’t already pulled the trigger on this app, then you’re in luck, because we’ve joined forces with Flexibits to offer you a chance to win one of ten promo codes for Fantastical 2 for iPadRead More

 

JailbreakCon 2014 mini talks now live on YouTube

by Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2014

This year’s edition of JailbreakCon saw the introduction of mini talks, short presentations by various actors of the jailbreak community on different topics. Talks were between 5 and 20 minutes and were the occasion for speakers to share some of their knowledge with the audience, without necessarily taking up a whole lot of time.

I was actually one of the mini talk speakers. I actually believe that I went way over the 15 minutes I was allotted. Check inside for all videos of all the mini talks… Read More

 

The winner of our iPad mini giveaway is…

by Sébastien Page on Apr 16, 2014

We did it again! Thanks to the support of the guys behind Fairway Solitaire Blast, we managed to put together one of our awesome giveaways that is going to reward an iDB reader with an iPad mini with Retina display.

Before we announce the winner, I want to thank the Fairway Solitaire Blast for making this giveaway possible, and also all of you who took the time to enter for a chance to win.

Now without further ado, let’s announce the winner… Read More

 

JailbreakCon will be live streamed today

by Sébastien Page on Apr 13, 2014

This is day two of JailbreakCon 2014. Yesterday was focused on small workshops and short talks by a variety of speakers, including yours truly. Today, the whole day will be focused on talks by some of the biggest names in the jailbreak community, such as Ryan Petrich, pod2g and Saurik.

If you couldn’t make it to San Francisco, you’ll be happy to learn that today’s event will be livestreamed so you won’t miss one bit of it all… Read More

 

This week on iDB: iPhone 6 noise

by Sébastien Page on Apr 13, 2014

Like every Sunday, we bring you the stories that were the most popular on iDB during this past week. Whether it is a news piece, an editorial, a tutorial, a new jailbreak tweak, or an accessory review, we sum it all up in one convenient place.

If you like what you’re reading, please make sure 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:

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

We’re social! Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

pushNotify is available on Cydia: forward push notifications to your Mac

by Sébastien Page on Apr 10, 2014

pushNotify, a tweak that lets you forward your iOS push notifications to your Mac, is now available on Cydia. Jeff took the tweak for a spin a couple days ago, which you can see in action in the video above.

pushNotify is available in the BigBoss repo for $0.99. It also requires a companion app for your Mac that you can download for free from here.

Is that something you’d use? If you haven’t already tried it, please make sure to tell us what you think.

If you’re on the fence about getting this tweak, have a look at Jeff’s full review of pushNotify.

 

The iOS app bundle: 12 great apps for a great price

by Sébastien Page on Apr 9, 2014

The folks at StackSocial have partnered with several app developers to bring you a pretty neat app bundle, including 12 great applications discounted from 50 to 80% off.

And we’re not talking about some obscure apps either. We’re talking top quality apps, including some popular names such as TextExpander, Calendars 5, FX Photo Studio, and more… Read More

 

Giveaway: download this free app and enter for a chance to win an iPad mini

by Sébastien Page on Apr 8, 2014

It had been a while since we’d been running one of our notorious awesome giveaways. But today, thanks to the folks at Fairway Solitaire, we’re back at it, with a really cool prize for one lucky winner: an iPad mini with Retina display.

Yup, you read that right. One of you lucky cats will be able to snatch a 16GB iPad mini with Retina display in the color of your choice. Best of all, you won’t even have to go to the Apple Store to pick it up, as we’ll be shipping it directly to you.

Read on for the details… Read More

 

This week on iDB: mark your calendars!

by Sébastien Page on Apr 6, 2014

Like every Sunday, we bring you the stories that were the most popular on iDB during this past week. Whether it is a news piece, an editorial, a tutorial, a new jailbreak tweak, or an accessory review, we sum it all up in one convenient place.

If you like what you’re reading, please make sure 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:

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

We’re social! Find iDB on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net, YouTube, and in your RSS reader. Also make sure to subscribe to our new podcast!

 

Shapematic turns your iPhone into a 3D scanner

by Sébastien Page on Apr 2, 2014

Shapematic is a new app that just launched in the App Store, and that aims to turn your iPhone into a 3D scanner. Simply snap a few pictures under different angles of the object you want to scan, and let the app work its software magic. The result will be a three-dimensional reconstruction of the object. The app also includes a feature that lets you edit your 3D photos to remove little flaws that might have showed up in the process.

The 3D models created are printing ready, and you can request a 3D print directly from the application to get the three-dimensional model shipped to you.

Download Shapematic in the App Store for $0.99.

 

Auxo 2 is now available in Cydia

by Sébastien Page on Apr 2, 2014

The long-awaited update to the hugely popular Auxo has just been released in Cydia. Designed by Sentry and developed by Qusic, Auxo 2 is poised to become one of these tweaks that will go down in history.

But don’t just take our word for it. Go get it in Cydia now. It’s available for $1.99 for those of you who owned the previous version. If you’re new to Auxo, it will cost you $3.99… Read More

 

Fantastical 2 for iPad: the best calendar app is now available on iPad

by Sébastien Page on Apr 2, 2014

I’d probably be wasting my time if I spent more than a few words introducing Fantastical, an app that most of us here at iDB use on a daily basis, and which we recently ranked as one of the best calendar apps for iPhone. And it’s not just us!

Up until today, you could only use Fantastical on your Mac or your iPhone, but things are changing as Flexibits just released Fantastical 2 for iPad, now available in the App StoreRead More

 
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