LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center integrates Apple’s HealthKit into patient files

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Researches at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are bringing data from Apple’s health-tracking platform, HealthKit, into patient files, according to a Bloomberg report Monday.

The unusual move is designed to provide doctors with a more complete overview of their patients’ health, giving them another set of comprehensive health data to take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments.

Already the hospital has updated its online medical records system, turning on access to HealthKit for more than 80,000 patients, Darren Dworkin, chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai, told the news organization. Read More


Seven cool things Apple Watch can do without its paired iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Designed as a versatile companion to the iPhone, the Apple Watch uses the GPS and Wi-Fi in your iPhone to give you the full experience. That’s why the very first step before you can start using the Watch is pairing it to an iPhone in iOS’s Apple Watch application.

But even though the wearable device wasn’t conceived as a standalone product, it can still do a few tricks on its own, without having a paired iPhone in range. Here are seven different things the Apple Watch can do without being tethered to an iPhone. Read More


Discover announces bringing Apple Pay to cardholders this Fall

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

In a rather major announcement Monday, Discover, a notable Apple Pay holdout, said it will be joining the Apple Pay party this fall. The move will permit Discover cardmembers in the United States to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay using their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

As a bonus, Discover cardholders will continue to receive current benefits when using Apple Pay. This marks the last of America’s four major credit card networks joining Apple’s mobile payments initiative.

In addition to paying in stores, “millions of cardmembers” can also use Apple Pay with their iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 when paying for goods and services within apps beginning this fall, said the company. Read More


Is Apple Watch draining your iPhone’s battery too fast? This may help

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the Apple Watch has a pretty remarkable battery, a notion driven home by even the toughest of critics and reviewers.

Now that first shipments have arrived into the hands of consumers, and people have spent a day or two with their device, reports are coming in that the wearable device is in some cases dramatically draining the battery of an iPhone it’s paired to.

Our own Oliver Haslam has underscored the phenomenon in his hands-on with the Watch based on his first 24 hours with the device, as did others including former Engadget editor Ryan Block. What gives? Read More


Caseology leather Bumper Frame Case looks classy while protecting your iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Apr 27, 2015

The iPhone 6 looks good right out of the box. Some would even say that a case only hides its sleek design. However, cases serve to protect your device from unfortunate accidents. So why not protect it in style?

Caseology makes a Bumper Frame case that is covered in leather. Not only does it keep your iPhone 6 from unsightly scratches, but it also has a classy look to make fashion forward users happy. Read More


Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! 3 review – the adventure continues

By Lory Gil on Apr 27, 2015

This week, Inkle launched the third installment of the Sorcery series. You may recall from my review of the first gamebook app that the Sorcery series was created by Steve Jackson in 1983. It has been more than a year since Inkle has released the second installment of the series, but the wait is finally over.

Sorcery! 3 picks up where the adventure in Khare left off. In The Seven Serpents, you must fight your way through a wasteland of lost souls and magical mischief. We’ve got a game review of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! 3 for you today. Read More


Apple partners with Red Cross for Nepal earthquake relief donations

By Jake Smith on Apr 26, 2015

Apple has setup a donation page to help aid those affected by the devastating Nepal earthquake that struck the nation on Saturday. Like with past disasters, Apple has partnered with the American Red Cross to handle donations, with 100 percent of the money going to the cause. Read More


App Watch: the first wave

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 26, 2015

You’ve received your Apple Watch in the mail, unboxed it, tried it on, and now the months of anticipation and waiting have finally come to an end. It’s surreal, really, and you can’t help but glance at your wrist every few minutes, even after wearing it for a couple days, to play with your new toy.

Or you haven’t received your Apple Watch yet and must sit alone and forsaken, watching all your friends talk to their wrists, wishing you could’ve gotten that pre-order in just a little bit earlier, or chosen a more plentiful model.

Or perhaps you simply couldn’t justify the price of the Apple Watch for its functionality, at least in the first generation. But you are interesting in its potential, particularly in how third-party developers will be putting its unique skillsets to use.

If you fall into one of those categories, it is for you that I’m excited to introduce App Watch, a new weekly article series by iDownloadBlog. In these posts, I’ll be covering a small handful of Apple Watch apps that stand out to me in terms of design, ease of use, convenience, and real-world usage. The point is not to cover every WatchKit app, but to highlight those that bring something significant, beautiful, or practical to wrists around the world. Apple Watch has an incredible amount of potential, and I want to help you tap into that. So, let us begin. Read More


24 hours with the Apple Watch

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 26, 2015

I told you last week that I had an Apple Watch on order and that to get to that point I had gone through a few different emotions before eventually landing on one that had me rather excited about Apple’s first wearable and the future that it could have. As I write this I have had my Apple Watch on my wrist for a little over a full day, and I thought someone somewhere might be interested in how I feel about the purchase. I also wanted to share one or two things I have noticed after spending my first day with the Apple Watch, too. 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


Charge your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with these dual USB chargers

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2015

The first night I took off my Apple Watch, I ran into a problem. I went to plug the charger into the outlet behind my nightstand, and I realized both spots were taken—1 by my iPhone alarm dock and the other by my lamp. So I started looking into dual USB chargers.

Figuring I wasn’t the only one coming up a plug short, I decided to share my findings here on iDB. I’ve compiled a list of 8 dual USB chargers that I feel are worth checking out. The chargers vary in price and design, and as usual, I’ve only included those with high ratings. Read More


Exclusive Apple Watch-inspired wallpapers

By Jim Gresham on Apr 26, 2015

This past week marks the Apple Watch release date, April 24, 2015. Although the date has come under fire, at least a few pre-orders were filled and May/June ship dates are seeing movement. Since the pre-order launch on April 10, Apple removed the April 24 date from the online Apple Stores and Angela Ahrendts released an internal memo all but confirming in-store sales are not going to happen until around June.

Inside, we have the single largest wallpaper selection in an iDB post. Thanks to some great work by Jason Zigrino and Efrain Roa, there are enough images in there to keep you busy while waiting for your device. There are images for iPhone, iPad, and desktop in a wide range of colors that will match any new Apple Watch you are hoping to have in your hands. 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


Review: Forgotten Memories remembers what it means to be a survival horror game

By Josh Gallagher on Apr 26, 2015

For years, the survival horror genre has suffered from a bit of an identity crisis, with genre mainstays straying into everything from action adventures to point and click romps. With Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities, developer Psychose Interactive seeks to resurrect the ideals that made survival horror great and prove that the early games in the genre got it right the first time. 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.

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Apple Watch gets beat to hell for science [Video]

By Jake Smith on Apr 25, 2015

While many of you are probably holding on to your precious Apple Watch with care, CNET took it upon themselves to see what will ruin the wearable, so you don’t have to. We’re taken through several everyday scenarios of how the Apple Watch could get ruined in the kitchen. It actually holds up pretty well.  Read More


How to turn your Apple Watch on or off

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2015

The Apple Watch contains a physical flat button called the side button. This button is not much unlike the Sleep button featured on the iPhone, which also happens to be the button used to turn the iPhone on or off.

The side button can be used for a few things on the Apple Watch, including accessing your friends list, and using Apple Pay. But the side button also allows you to power your Apple Watch on, and power it down. We’ll explain how in this tutorial. We’ll also explain how to do a hard reset (force reboot) in case your watch locks up or experiences issues. Read More


How to pair and set up an Apple Watch with your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2015

Before you can begin using your Apple Watch as it was meant to be used, you’ll need to pair it with an iPhone. Keep in mind that you must have an iPhone 5 or later in order to pair with an Apple Watch. You’ll also need to make sure that the iPhone is running iOS 8.2 or later, since this firmware includes the Apple Watch companion app needed to initiate the pairing process.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to identify your iPhone’s firmware, and how to pair your Apple Watch using the Apple Watch companion app. Read More


10 great pairs of Bluetooth headphones for your new Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2015

If you’re wanting to listen to music privately, directly from your Apple Watch, you’re going to need a pair of Bluetooth headphones. So for those of you who picked up a Watch this weekend, and don’t already own Bluetooth headphones, we’ve put together a list of some we think are worth checking out.

The list contains 10 options, ordered from cheapest to most expensive, and it features various styles and price points for all tastes and budgets. It’s also been curated to only include headphones that have received positive reviews from well-respected publications, or customers on websites like Amazon. Read More


Good deal: 70% off the iOS Design + Code training

By iDB Deals on Apr 25, 2015

Some of our most popular offers from iDownloadBlog Deals have centered around iOS app development. Today’s featured deal also involves iOS development, but focuses on what the user sees rather than the code powering the app in the background. An app’s design is a key element to its function, and the Design + Code will teach you how to make beautiful apps that appeal to the eyes while creating a great user experience. Normally $150, it’s just $45 at iDB Deals. Read More