25 amazing apps and games are currently on sale for $0.99

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2015

Apple this week launched a new promotion in the App Store called ‘Amazing Apps & Games for $0.99.’ The curated section highlights 12 great apps and 13 popular games, which normally run between $2 and $6, that are currently on sale for less than a buck.

Among the offerings are the endless snowboarder Alto’s Revenge, and premium creative apps like Procreate Pocket and Enlight. Many of these have already been mentioned in our App Recap, but we thought the deals were worth compiling into a single post. Read More

 

Marvis Music Player redesigns your music experience on iOS

By Lory Gil on May 23, 2015

Around here, we love music players. It’s especially nice when they have a smooth look and plenty of added features. If you are going to use something other than Apple’s stock Music app, there had better be a reason for it.

Marvis Music Player has a nice design and plenty of unique user interface features that are customizable so listening to music is more than just a good-looking playback experience. Read More

 

AmFilm Premium HD Clear Screen Protector keeps your iPhone 6 scratch-free

By Lory Gil on May 23, 2015

While tempered glass screen protectors are definitely becoming a big trend, nothing beats the super inexpensiveness of traditional film protectors. As technology improves, the price decreases exponentially.

TechMatte’s AmFilm screen protector for iPhone 6 protects your screen from scratches and dust with crystal-clear clarity so you see everything the way you are supposed to. Read More

 

Mr. Muscle, Cover, Tape App, and more apps to check out this weekend

By Lory Gil on May 23, 2015

The weekend is here and we are finally ready to settle in for some long-awaited relaxation with our favorite pastime, our iPhone (and for some of us, our Apple Watch). If you are looking for content to add to your favorite iOS device, we’ve got a list of apps and games you might want to take a look at. Read More

 

New book tells the story of how the iPhone crippled BlackBerry

By Cody Lee on May 22, 2015

There is a new book coming out later this month entitled “Losing the Signal,” and it explores the rise and fall of BlackBerry. The Canadian-based handset maker that once sat atop the smartphone market has spent the last two years fighting off bankruptcy.

On Friday The Wall Street Journal published an interesting excerpt from the book, which tells the story of the iPhone’s debut in 2007 and how it impacted folks inside BlackBerry. It’s clear that they had no idea it was coming, or what they could do to respond. Read More

 

iOS 9 security & jailbreaking: there’s no such thing as impossible

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Recent reports are claiming that Apple’s upcoming iOS update—iOS 9—will make it more difficult to jailbreak iPhones and iPads going forward. Some are even stating that it will be nearly impossible to jailbreak an iPhone running iOS 9.

The reason? Rootless—the kernel-level security feature that was discussed earlier today. This new feature is said to prevent malware, increase the safety of extensions and preserve the security of sensitive data.

When it’s all said and done, Apple’s security efforts in iOS 9 appear to be its most prolific since iOS 5. It could make it more of a challenge for jailbreakers and hackers.

But impossible? There’s nothing that’s impossible when it comes to security. More difficult? Perhaps. More challenging? Maybe. But impossible? Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for May 22

By Cody Lee on May 22, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include 9 new games and several app and game deals to help get you through the long weekend! Read More

 

How to make Apple Watch play nice with your iPhone on a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2015

Although not quite new, we reported this morning that Apple Watch can’t connect to a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network. It’s not a bug or anything. It’s just a limitation of the current hardware found in Apple Watch. For those users that are not aware of this limitation, it can cause problems when believing that because you are on a known Wi-Fi network, Apple Watch and iPhone should still be able to connect even if they’re out of Bluetooth range.

There is just no way to make your Apple Watch connect to a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network, but there are ways to work around that limitation. I’ve actually been helping people with that specific issue for a few days now, and because I’ve seen misinformation going around, I thought it would be best to just get things cleared up and explain how you can have both your iPhone and Apple Watch play nice with each other, even if your iPhone is connected to a 5Ghz network. Read More

 

Take a sneak peek at Spotify’s new experience with Running, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

An iDownloadBlog reader has sent in a number of gorgeous screenshots of Spotify’s major iPhone revamp. The software was just released to Spotify’s beta testers a few hours ago ahead of its impending public release.

You may have heard Spotify stepped on Apple’s toes with the announcement of new media types like news, video and podcasts, along with a flurry of feature additions like activity-based playlists, a cool Running feature and more.

With that in mind, we urge you to take a look at the screenshots included below and see for yourself how the new Spotify experience on mobile looks like. Read More

 

Google’s Android M to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

To this date, only a few Android devices come outfitted with their own fingerprint scanner for authenticating purchases and password-protected apps, such as Huawei devices and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and S6.

Unfortunately, Google’s mobile operating system lacks system-wide support for fingerprint scanning, thereby hampering broader adoption of this useful feature, which Apple users have been enjoying for nearly two years now.

That’s about to change in Android M, the next major version of Android, which should adopt Touch ID-style biometrics, according to BuzzFeed News. Read More

 

New details surface of Apple’s quality and stability focus with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

It’s been said before that the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be a Snow Leopard style upgrade in that it won’t focus as much on new features as it would on optimizing code base for stability, performance and quality.

In a new report, 9to5Mac details what lies ahead for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, not just in terms of speed and stability, but also regarding both operating systems’ stronger security and a few new end-user facing features. Read More

 

Apple Watch doesn’t work with 5Ghz Wi-Fi networks

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

In addition to Bluetooth, the Apple Watch also relies on Wi-Fi to communicate with its paired iPhone. In fact, the device can provide a number of useful features over Wi-Fi when iPhone isn’t in Bluetooth range such as Messages, Siri and more.

It also automatically connects to known Wi-Fi networks that your iPhone, while connected to the Apple Watch over Bluetooth, has connected to before.

However, the Apple Watch won’t connect to a 5GHz Wi-Fi network, even if its paired iPhone has previously connected to it, as first noted by French blog iGen.fr. Read More

 

Slice Intelligence: Apple Watch sales taper off to 30,000 units per day

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

Slice Intelligence, an opt-in service that scans receipts of two million online shoppers’ inboxes, estimated Friday that Apple Watch sales have cooled off and currently stand at or below 30,000 daily units in the United States, following the launch day spike that saw an estimated 1.5 million U.S. pre-orders of the wrist-worn device.

As noted by Quartz tech editor Dan Former, that suggests that Apple Watch orders fell sharply after the first day and haven’t grown since. Read More

 

Apple’s rumored TV service to include local stations, likely won’t launch by early fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

Apple’s rumored television services hinges on the company’s ability to sign complex agreements that would permit it to include live programming from local stations, Re/code reported Friday.

Persuading broadcasters to back Apple’s $30-40 per month service with local news and sports content has proven a much tougher nut to crack than originally thought, mostly due to complicated local broadcasting market structure, meaning the service is likely to be delayed.

“Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to provide customers in cities around the U.S. with programming from their local broadcast stations,” author Peter Kafka wrote. Read More

 

Users report less consistent heart rate readings after updating to Watch OS 1.0.1

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

In addition to fixing performance issues and a number of problems related to the accuracy of fitness tracking, the first software update for the Apple Watch seem to have introduced an unintended bug.

The affected owners have flocked to Apple Support Communities and MacRumors’ forums to report that the device is now capturing their heart rate readings less frequently than before after updating to Watch OS 1.0.1.

Apple says the device’s heart rate sensor should capture heart rates every ten minutes throughout the day — even more frequently during workouts — but there are now noticeably larger gaps of time between data, some as long as an hour or more. Read More

 

Learn how to build 14 different apps for Apple Watch with this course

By iDB Deals on May 22, 2015

The Apple Watch’s debut is the perfect opportunity to learn how to create apps for a brand-new product—especially considering that it’s expected to be on the wrists of more than 2.5 million people in the coming months. Check out our deal on an Apple Watch Course. At 87% off, it’s an amazing deal for the amount of hands-on instruction and experience you’ll get.

The course starts with the very basics of Swift and WatchKit and doesn’t require any prior programming experience — but if you’ve got some, it’s easy to skip ahead. You’ll get a whopping 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content covering actionable notifications, glances, general interface principles, working with APIs, and beyond. Read More

 

Catalyst Waterproof case protects your iPhone 6 up to 16 feet under water

By Lory Gil on May 22, 2015

When I go camping, I tend to leave my iPhone behind. Not because I’m trying to be closer to nature, or unplug from the world, but because I tend to worry about getting dirt, marshmallow goo, ash, or beer on my device. Even if I’m brave enough to bring it to the campsite, I still won’t take it anywhere near a body of water.

The Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case eases my fears by having a waterproof rating up to 16.4 feet deep. Plus the lanyard connector means I can secure my iPhone to my body for even more security and protection. Read More

 

How to choose which notifications are sent to Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Notifications are a big part of the Apple Watch experience, so it’s important for you to configure them to your liking. Notification alerts appear on your Apple Watch when you’re wearing it and it’s unlocked.

If you’re using your iPhone, then notifications on Apple Watch will be suppressed, since you will see them on your iPhone anyway. If your iPhone is locked, then notifications are forwarded to your Apple Watch.

In this post, we’ll show you how to configure both stock apps and third party apps to send notifications to your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to use glances as app shortcuts

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Glances are the quick information summaries of apps that are accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the watch face on your Apple Watch. In a previous post we told you all about glances, how to use configure them and how to use them.

But there’s an additional thing that you should know about glances that is proving to be extremely useful for Apple Watch users. You see, a glance can be used as a direct shortcut to the app that it represents.

In this post, which is a part of our larger Apple Watch guide, we’ll show you how to use glances as app shortcuts on your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to enable or disable Handoff on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Handoff is the feature that lets you use your iPhone to pick up where you left off with apps on the Apple Watch. It’s a feature that first debuted with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but has since made its way to the small screen.

If you aren’t a big fan of Handoff, or if you just don’t see yourself ever using it, you can easily disable it by means of the Apple Watch companion app on your paired iPhone.

Or, if you find that Handoff isn’t working, it may be because you have it disabled. In this post, we’ll show you how to enable or disable Handoff in just a few steps.

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