Report: U.S. iPhone users spent an average of $40 on apps last year

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

iPhone owners in the United States spent an average of $40 on apps last year, reports analytics firm Sensor Tower. That number includes both premium and in-app purchases, and it represents a $5 increase from 2015.

Unsurprisingly, most of that money is going to games. Sensor Tower says more than 80% of US App Store revenue in 2016 came from games, and it shows on the device level—users spent an average of $27 on games. Read More

 

Facebook in talks to live stream MLB games this season

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream games this season, reports Reuters. The deal would include at least one game per week, which could be accessed for free by users logged into the platform.

The move comes just a week after Facebook announced plans for a video-focused Apple TV app, as part of the social network’s efforts to push further into original programming—a strategy shared by several tech firms. Read More

 

Daily Deals: $22 Bluetooth keyboard, $20 Steam Link, and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping! Read More

 

How to browse videos in fullscreen mode on YouTube for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

Google’s YouTube app provides many obvious shortcuts and not-so-obvious ones that are hidden from plain sight. For example, you can stop “Up Next” videos from autoplaying or skip forward and back ten seconds to catch something you missed by double-tapping on either side of the video player.

In today’s brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to browse other clips in YouTube’s fullscreen mode without interrupting the currently playing video. Read More

 

Foxconn temporarily halts operations at many iPhone production lines

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

DigiTimes said Tuesday that contract manufacturer Foxconn Electronics, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, has temporarily halted manufacturing operations at “many iPhone production lines” and shifted workers to other production facilities because shipments of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now past their peak level. Read More

 

Alto’s Odyssey is coming this summer, here’s your teaser trailer

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

The award-winning endless snowboard odyssey, Alto’s Adventure, turned two yesterday. Today, Alto’s developer Snowman gave us a first look at the game’s official sequel, Alto’s Odyssey. In Odyssey, players are challenged to discover the secrets of the endless desert.

By the way, they’re commemorating the Alto’s Adventure anniversary by bringing the game’s price down from $4.99 to just $1.99, ending today. Alto’s Odyssey is coming in summer 2017 and we’ll be sure to update you as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, be sure to watch a teaser trailer for subtle hints about game mechanics, crisp graphics and flawless execution. Read More

 

Beta 3 of iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 released for public beta testing

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

iOS 10.3 beta 3 with Find My AirPods and other enhancements and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 3 with Night Shift Mode and other perks are both now available for public beta-testing, assuming you’ve enrolled in Apple’s Beta Software Program. After signing up on the web at beta.apple.com, deploy a special configuration profile on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac and you’ll be able to install the latest beta over-the-air via Apple’s standard Software Update mechanism. Read More

 

Qualcomm teases new 1.2 Gbps LTE modem chip—will Apple adopt it for future iPhones?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

Qualcomm and Apple are currently embroiled in a legal spat involving excessive royalties, casting serious doubt on the possibility of a Qualcomm-made LTE modem in a future iPhone. Today, Qualcomm teased a brand new Snapdragon X20 LTE chip, its second-gen Gigabit LTE modem.

It’s capable of fiber-like LTE Category 18 downloads of up to 1.2 gigabits per second, or one-fifth faster than the previous X16 chip. Upload speeds go up to a theoretical maximum of 150 megabits per second. It’s expected to ship in the first half of 2018.

Only time will tell if Apple plans on dual-sourcing cellular modems from both Qualcomm and Intel, in which case 2018 iPhones could theoretically support faster-than-Gigabit-LTE downlink speeds of up to 150 megabytes per second. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 3 with glass-film touch display to ship in second half of 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

A third-generation Apple Watch is expected to adopt a different display technology based on glass-film panels versus touch-on-lens panels utilized on Apple Watch Series 2 and glass-on-glass (two pieces of glass) ones on the original Apple Watch. Shipments of the tentatively named Apple Watch Series 3 are expected to start in the second half of 2017, as per sources cited in a Tuesday report from DigiTimes. Read More

 

iPhone 8 predicted to have 3 GB RAM and come in 64GB and 256GB flavors

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

Apple’s first OLED-based iPhone will have three gigabytes of RAM like the current iPhone 7 Plus models and come in two storage capacities—64GB and 256GB—eliminating the current 32GB SKU as an entry-level option when it comes to storage size. It won’t feature a curved display due to production and drop test issues with 3D glass, as per Chinese research firm TrendForce. Read More