Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2016

Apple on Monday pushed out the iOS 10.1 software update for iPhone and iPad. The release comes after more than a month of beta testing, and it includes various improvements and one major new user-facing feature: Portrait mode, which is exclusive to the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

First introduced at Apple’s iPhone event in September, Portrait mode is a new setting in the stock Camera app that uses the 7 Plus’ wide angle lens to gather perspective data for a photo. This allows the handset to take photos with a depth-of-field, or ‘bokeh,’ effect with blurry backgrounds. Read More


Trademarks for three new MacBooks discovered in Russia ahead of Apple’s “Hello again” event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

French-language publication has discovered a trio of previously unknown trademarks for unreleased MacBook models as Apple preps to share what’s new for its aging Mac lineup at the “Hello again” media event scheduled for this Thursday, October 27. Apple filed three trademarks for “portable personal computers” in Russia, possibly in order to keep them secret for as long as possible.

It’s worth noting that Russian law requires foreign companies to register any products that use encryption or provide other cryptographic tools.

The documents found in the Eurasian Economic Commission database mention model numbers that cannot be linked to existing hardware: A1706, A1707 and A1708. Read More


iPhone manufacturer Foxconn planning to expand its operations in India next year

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

A May report from The Economic Times alleged that Apple had approached Foxconn about assembling iPhones in India in the next two to three years. The Economic Times of India confirmed Monday that Foxconn will be expanding its operations in India next year, backing its $600 million investments already made in the country. Read More


Instagram is testing live video broadcasts in its Stories feature

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

According to Russian news outlet a few days ago, the popular photo-sharing service Instagram is testing live video functionality in its recently-launched Stories feature which permits users to create slideshows from their photos that automatically disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook added live video to its mobile app in August 2015. Facebook Messenger gained the ability to share live video with contacts while chatting in September 2016. Read More


Pokémon GO celebrates Halloween with first in-game event

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

Halloween is approaching and Pokémon GO has a treat for you in the form of a special Halloween-themed event, the first in-game event since the game’s release in July 2016.

Developer Niantic Labs has said that players will have a chance to earn double the amount of Candy every time they catch, hatch and transfer Pokémon from October 26 to November 1. Other perks will be available to trainers as well. Read More


Apple Watch Nike+ arrives Friday, October 28

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

Confirming earlier hints, Apple this morning announced that the Apple Watch Nike+, a special version of the Apple Watch Series 2 it’s created in partnership with Nike, is going on sale this coming Friday, October 28. The $369 device has the same industrial design, price and hardware features as the Apple Watch Series 2.

It also packs in exclusive perks like special fluoroelastomer Nike Sport Bands available in a choice of four colors with perforations to reduce weight and improve ventilation, Nike-branded watch faces and complications and more. Read More


T-Mobile sees improved customer retention on strength of iPhone 7 release

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2016

Wireless carrier T-Mobile on Monday announced earnings for the September quarter. Total revenues for the quarter were $9.2 billion, an eighteen percent year-over-year increase. T-Mobile said it was able to increase revenue thanks to new T-Mobile One plans and add-ons, the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September and an influx of prepaid customers who migrated to postpaid plans.

Services revenue during the quarter came in at $7.1 billion, a thirteen percent year-over-year increase. The carrier has added two million new customers during the quarter. Read More


How to quickly create fun GIFs in iMessage using the Tumblr app

By Steffen Reich on Oct 24, 2016

The other day I made a rare visit to my iMessage App Store. Amongst a multitude of others, Tumblr, an App that never fully struck a chord with me, had add an iMessage app to my ‘Manage’ tab, silently begging for me to take it for a spin. I sighed and flicked the switch on, not knowing what to expect from the extension – and have not looked back since. Read More


Why Apple should be more bullish on Virtual Reality

By Steffen Reich on Oct 24, 2016

2016 will unquestionably be remembered as the year Virtual Reality made a meaningful entrance to the tech world. Granted, there were murmurings and early adaptations long before, but with the staggered release of Oculus Rift in March, the HTC Vive in April, or the new Samsung Gear VR in August, Virtual Reality (of varying degrees) appears to have accomplished the shift from nascent tech-demo material to becoming a more legitimate contender for a share of your wallet.

On October 13, Playstation joined the fray, releasing the arguably most consistent and yet affordable VR experience with Playstation VR. If early numbers and reviews are anything to go by, this could be the product to help the technology cross the consumer chasm once and for all and attract mainstream interest.

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How to turn VoiceOver off

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 24, 2016

Have you ever enabled VoiceOver on your iPhone or iPad either by accident or out of curiosity of what it was like and then had all the drama in the world trying to turn it back off again? Read More


Conquer the sea in easyBoat, an arcade style shooter game for iPhone and iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 24, 2016

EasyBoat is a new arcade-styled action shooter game for iPhone and iPad with a great balance of both fun and challenging game play.

It comes with clear inspiration from the sailing feature in the Zelda Wind Walker game for Nintendo devices, so if you’re familiar with it, you might like this release. Bundled together with fluid graphics and well-executed game mechanics, this is a game for people of all ages. Read More


AT&T announces buying Time Warner as it looks to compete nationwide with cable companies

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2016

Following reports that AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, held talks regarding a possible acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T has now formally confirmed that it will be purchasing the entertainment conglomerate in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share. The purchase price implies a total equity value of $85.4 billion and a total transaction value of $108.7 billion.

The agreement has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies. It gives AT&T access to Time Warner’s precious media properties like CNN, HBO, TNT and Warner Bros, as well as films like Harry Potter, Batman, Superman and next-generation super hero movies being developed by DC Comics.

The blockbuster merger, pending regulatory approval and closing before year-end 2017, will create a unique company that’ll “define the future of media and communications”. Read More


Wallpapers of the week: autumn

By Jim Gresham on Oct 23, 2016

As the northern hemisphere enters colder months, the leaves begin to drastically change. Reds and oranges take over, once green leaves.

Capturing the natural beauty, our Wallpapers of the Week section brings relevant, photo quality images to your devices. Each week a specifically curated list of wallpapers is posted to the site on Sunday.
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Jailbreak tweaks of the week: OneHanded, ShutterSoundSwitch, & more…

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 23, 2016

As the weekend comes to an end, we have another roundup for you all that showcases all the jailbreak tweaks released in Cydia this week.

We will start by showing you all our favorites first, and then we’ll get into the rest of them. Read More


The top stories of the week on iDB

By Sébastien Page on Oct 23, 2016

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.

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Video showdown: Siri on iPhone 7 Plus vs. Google Assistant on Pixel XL

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2016

Siri continues to receive criticism over at times unreliable performance although Apple’s been advancing its personal digital assistant by leaps and bounds since its debut in October 2011.

Google, on the other hand, is regularly praised for its powerful knowledge graph and accuracy.

You probably know that the search company’s exciting new feature, Assistant, recently made its debut on the new Pixel smartphones.

With that in mind, YouTuber Marques Brownlee took it upon himself to pit the Pixel’s Assistant against the iPhone’s Siri in a cool side-by-side video comparison.

Let the battle of the smartphone voice assistants begin! Read More


KGI: new MacBook Pros and 13″ MacBook next week, iMacs & 5K Cinema Display in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2016

According to revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple’s media event next Thursday will serve as a launchpad for a long-awaited update to the aging MacBook Pro notebook lineup, which will see “many” noteworthy upgrades.

Apple will also announce a brand new model of the new MacBook with a screen measuring thirteen inches diagonally, Kuo wrote in a note to clients.

Some observers think this machine is actually a thirteen-inch MacBook Air with new USB-C ports. As you know, the current Retina MacBook has a 12-inch Retina display.

Next-generation iMacs, as well as a rumored 5K resolution display won’t be unveiled at the event because they’re apparently not ready yet. Read More


AT&T to buy Time Warner for a reported $80 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2016

U.S. wireless carrier is buying media entertainment conglomerate Time Warner for a reported $80 billion as consolidation continues in media and technology industries. AT&T has reportedly agreed to pay $107.50 a share in a half-cash, half-stock deal, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Time Warner, which does not have a controlling shareholder, reported $28 billion in 2015 revenue.

The media giant had a market capitalization of $68 billion before rumors of a possible takeover bid. AT&T currently has a market capitalization of more than $230 billion. Read More


What Automatic Graphics Switching is on your MacBook Pro and how to use it

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 22, 2016

Depending on the model of MacBook Pro you have, you may be able to physically choose whether your computer uses the high power discreet graphics card for better performance or the low power integrated graphics chip for better battery life by using an option known as Automatic Graphics Switching. Read More


Notion, Owlie, ZIG, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2016

Looking to pass some time this weekend? iDB has you covered. The latest edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features some great apps and games for you to check out, including an intelligent email client, an app for polling your friends and family, and a pop culture news aggregator. And of course we’ve got two great new games you won’t want to miss. Read More