Apple Maps now animates London Eye and Big Ben’s clock tower

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Apple has started to animate certain landmarks in a three-dimensional Flyover view in Apple Maps, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. Specifically, London’s Big Ben clock and the popular London Eye now feature animated segments in Flyover.

The face of Big Ben’s clock tower is being animated to show the correct local time while London Eye’s rotates slowly when browsed in Apple Maps’ Flyover view. Read More

 

Apple sends out media invites for March 9th event

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2015

Apple this morning sent out press invitations for a special event, set to take place on Monday, March 9th. The Loop shared the invite (shown above), which invites attendees to ‘Spring forward,’ and says it will be held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

There’s no official word on what Apple will talk about during the event, but the consensus is the company will reveal further details about the Apple Watch. It’s also possible that Tim Cook and Co. could introduce rumored projects such as the 12-inch MacBook or iPad Pro. Read More

 

Apple grabs 89 percent of smartphone profits while Android captures record-low 11 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

The latest indication that even with its minuscule share of smartphone units sold Apple is clobbering everyone when it comes to profits came Thursday via research firm Strategy Analytics. The research company reported that the Cupertino firm took home an astounding 88.7 percent of operating profit share in smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year.

This is no doubt the effect of strong sales of Apple’s well-received iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Android, meanwhile, has fallen to a record-low eleven (11.3) percent. Read More

 

Enter to win a 50″ LG TV + Sound Bar from iDB Deals

By iDB Deals on Feb 26, 2015

Continuing with our uber-popular weekly giveaways, this week it’s a brand new TV! Over at iDownloadBlog Deals, we’re giving away a 50″ LG TV and hey, why not throw in a sound bar speaker to complete the package? Enter for a chance to win this sweet bundle absolutely free! Read More

 

Apple’s presence in Israel growing to expand in-house chip design capabilities

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Apple’s focus on designing iPhone and iPad processors in-house is reportedly expanding with news that CEO Tim Cook’s visit to Israel this week is linked to efforts to increase its own chip design prowess, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Cook earlier in the week met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and is expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres later this week. The newspaper added that Apple’ hired most of the Israeli employees of a chip-design division that Texas Instruments shut down in 2013 in Ra’anana, some 10 miles north of Tel-Aviv. Read More

 

Android devs earned $7 billion in past 12 months, paid search ads coming to Play store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Android Lollipop (Forest teaser 001)

Google’s Play store has paid about seven billion dollars in revenue to Android app makers over the past 12 months, the company said Thursday. By comparison, Apple paid out ten billion dollars in 2014 App Store revenue to iPhone and iPad devs.

With more than 100 billion searches every month on Google.com, the company has now kicked off a pilot program designed to inject sponsored search results into the Play store apps. Read More

 

Readdle’s Printer Pro goes zero bucks, courtesy of Apple’s Free App of the Week promo

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Since its December 2011 debut, wireless printing software Printer Pro has never gone free, excluding a limited one-day promo last April.

That changes today as Apple’s editors have now marked the iPhone and iPad application down to $0 (regularly $6.99), listing the app its Free App of the Week in the App Store’s ongoing weekly promotion.

Created by Ukrainian developer Readdle, Printer Pro has been downloaded two million times. It’s a great app that lets you print attachments, documents, web pages and more right from your iPhone or iPad to any printer.

It automatically finds and connects to a printer on your Wi-Fi network. You can even connect to a USB printer if you install a free helper desktop app on your Mac or PC. Read More

 

iOS activation in enterprise jumps to 73 percent, increasing Apple’s lead over Android

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Thanks in no small part to strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, Apple has been able to extend its enterprise lead over Android during the fourth quarter of last year.

According to the new Mobility Index Report data (PDF download) by research firm Good Technology, iOS activations in the enterprise market jumped from 69 percent in the third quarter of last year to 73 percent during the last three months of 2014, while Android activations fell from 29 percent to 25 percent. Read More

 

Spotify announces Musixmatch lyrics integration in desktop apps and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Spotify, the world’s top music-streaming service, on Thursday announced its desktop apps will be soon getting Musixmatch-powered lyrics engine, making it easy for music lovers to access song lyrics on their Mac or Windows PCs and sing along to their favorite tracks.

Established in early 2010 by Massimo Ciociola and a group of co-founders, the startup, which has offices in Italy’s Bologna, UK’s London and US’s New York, has more than seven million lyrics in 38 languages.

In addition to Spotify integration, Musixmatch is also available as a standalone iPhone and iPad application, available at no cost in the App Store. Read More

 

Apple and other Western firms removed from China’s approved government purchase list

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Apple, along with other leading Western technology companies, has been taken off the list of approved tech companies for state purchases in China, Reuters reported last evening.

Apparently in response to widespread Western cyber-surveillance, companies like Apple, network equipment maker Cisco Systems and chip giant Intel have now been removed from the Central Government Procurement Center’s (CGPC) list.

The list, maintained and approved by China’s Ministry of Finance, covers regular spending by central ministries. Read More

 

Tap Heroes review: whether you are active or not, your adventure continues

By Lory Gil on Feb 26, 2015

You may recall my review of Dreeps, which is a role-playing adventure game that plays by itself, even when you don’t have it open. It works great for gamers that just don’t have time to game.

Tap Heroes is similar in that the fighting continues whether you actively participate, or simply watch the action unfold. We have a game review of Tap Heroes for you today. Read More

 

TWIST3D puts a new spin on the match-three genre

By Lory Gil on Feb 26, 2015

Traditional match-three games are usually presented on a flat screen with some kind of grid. Players usually flip tiles in order to make a match and point scores go up the more matches you make at one time.

TWIST3D is kind of not at all like that. It is a match-three game, but it is played on a rotating cube instead of a flat grid. You can’t flip tiles, but you can flip the entire cube. You earn the most points for matching tiles that have gems inside of them. Read More

 

Mastering the menu bar’s volume button on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 25, 2015

The volume button in the menu bar seems extremely simple on the surface. When you click the button, you’re met with a basic volume slider for adjusting your Mac’s audio output. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this tiny menu bar control.

For example, did you know that you can also use the volume button to change your Mac’s sound output device, input device, and quickly access the sound preferences? Or what about its ability to change the volume of OS X’s alert sounds? Indeed, the unassuming volume button packs quite the utilitarian punch. Read More

 

Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address at the school’s graduation ceremony, the university announced on Wednesday. The ceremony takes place on May 17, at the prestigious ‘National Mall’ national park in downtown Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address,” University President Steven Knapp said. “I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career.” Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for February 25

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some of the better game deals we’ve seen in since the holidays. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 96: Controversy

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 25, 2015

Episode 96: We discuss the recent controversy over our jailbreak tweak coverage, why we don’t often review themes, how to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta, and discuss a whole host of new jailbreak tweaks like Profluence, StickerMe, and Stratos.

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Last chance to get 93% off the Full Stack Hacker Bundle – deal ends tonight

By iDB Deals on Feb 25, 2015

Transform yourself from a novice into a full stack hacker at an incredibly affordable price with this bundle from iDownloadBlog Deals. It brings together a comprehensive range of online training packages all in one place for the first time, and today’s your last chance to get it for 93% off – just $49.

This deal includes 8 complete courses. Each course comes with detailed and clear lecture notes plus over 70 hours of elite course footage covering everything you need to know to become a programming whiz. Read More

 

Google Play Music bumps free storage limit from 20,000 to 50,000 songs

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Google’s music locker in the cloud, called Play Music, has just outsmarted every rival service out there by more than doubling its storage limit, letting you store 50,000 songs in the cloud as opposed to the previous 20,000-song limit.

You don’t even have to be subscribed to the $9.99 per month Google Play Music All Access subscription service, meaning everyone can take advantage of this offer immediately, without upgrading their Drive storage.

The change, effective immediately, gives Google Play Music more competitive footing against Apple’s scan-and-match $25 per year iTunes Match service that supports storing up to 25,000 user-uploaded songs in iCloud (more if songs are purchased from the iTunes Store). Read More

 

Google reportedly launching Android Pay in May

By Jake Smith on Feb 25, 2015

Google plans to launch Android Pay at its Google I/O conference in May, following its purchase of Softcard (formerly known as Isis) earlier this week, according to ArsTechnica citing anonymous sources.

The new Android Pay solution, which ArsTechnica reports will indeed be the name, is set to take on Apple Pay as a revamp to Google’s ailing Google Wallet product that’s been around since 2011. Read More

 

Apple says FCPX is ready for the big leagues, showcases its usage in ‘Focus’ movie production

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Focus, an upcoming movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, has become the first Hollywood flick to have been edited entirely in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X software, USA Today reported Wednesday.

In advance of the film’s silver screen debut this coming Friday, Apple set up a dedicated webpage on its website to showcase how the romantic comedy was shot and edited using not just Final Cut Pro X, but other standard software readily available to anyone on the Mac App Store. Read More