Apple releases ‘Someday at Christmas’ ad with Stevie Wonder and Andra Day

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Apple today posted a nicely done television commercial featuring blind musician Stevie Wonder and soul, R&B, jazz and blues singer Andra Day. The holiday-themed ad cleverly promotes the Mac and VoiceOver and Accessibility features. Read More


Pixelmator for Mac goes half price, iOS version discounted to $1.99

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Pixelmator for OS X, the Mac edition of the powerful image editing application which debuted on iOS in October 2014, has gone half price in the Mac App Store today. In addition, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad edition of the software has been discounted to just $1.99 in the App Store.

Selling regularly for $29.99, Pixelmator for Mac can now be downloaded for just $14.99, a steal given the app’s rich set of powerful image editing features, tools, brushes and more. Read More


Apple buys motion capture firm Faceshift

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Apple has acquired a Zürich, Germany-based startup FaceShift which provides a proprietary technology for real-time motion capture that was used in the latest Star Wars film and in production of a number of high-profile video games. Apple has officially confirmed the deal in a prepared statement to TechCrunch.

Speculation is rife as to how Apple might be taking advantage of such a sophisticated motion capture technology in its own products, including potentially using it to power real-time avatars for FaceTime video chats. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 135: Bro Widgets

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2015

Episode 135: A look at some of the best WinterBoard jailbreak themes available for iOS 9. iPhone rebooting problems follow-up, our tweak wish list for an iPad Pro jailbreak, and a discussion about several new jailbreak tweaks, including AppBox 9, App Drawer, and more.

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The premium leather Nodus iPhone case collection

By Jim Gresham on Nov 25, 2015

The smell is what first grabs you. After receiving several Nodus items since their inception in 2013, it is the smell, every time, that first catches my senses. Maybe, it is the long trip across the pond from the UK that lets the leather scent build up in the box. Cracking open the package on any Nodus Collection item springs forth the best premium leather smell you will find on an iPhone case.

Certainly, there are many other things that make the Nodus line exceptional, but you can tell the attention to detail by smelling the quality of leather. It is something that should not be overlooked, when investing in a nice case.

Having attended CES for the last three years and milling over case after case, this is truly something incredible. It is leaps and bounds above Apple’s similar leather cases. Step inside for your next iPhone case purchase and a great Black Friday special discount. Read More


The Pay What You Want: Learn to Code Bundle

By iDB Deals on Nov 25, 2015

Enormous new career opportunities await in the world of coding, as our world becomes more and more digitally connected. With the Pay What You Want: Learn to Code Bundle, you can get into programming without any prior experience and begin building amazing projects for desktops and the internet like a pro, all at the price you choose.

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ClamCase Pro turns your iPad Air 2 into a slim laptop

By Lory Gil on Nov 25, 2015

ClamCase has come a long way since its first-generation iPad case. It is now ultra thin, has a better hinge system, and has arguably the best typing experience you can get on a tablet.

The ClamCase Pro is designed specifically for the iPad Air 2 and has new features that make it even better than its predecessors. It also now comes in three different colors to match your style. Read More


Reeder 3 is out: Safari View Controller, 3D Touch, Split View multitasking, iPad Pro support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

It feels like yesterday, but it’s actually been more than two year since Reeder 2, the second major version of a popular RSS client for iOS and OS X by Italian developer Silvio Rizzi, was released in the App Store.

And while the Mac edition of Reeder was bumped to version 3.0 in September 2015, it left us wondering whether a major update to the iOS version might be in tow.

Well, today Reeder 3 hit the App Store and it’s a free update for everyone who already owns the app. There’s a lot to look forward to in Reeder 3, here’s a quick overview of major new features. Read More


Verizon offering More Everything customers 2GB of free data to try out GO90 app

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up Verizon Wireless customers, the carrier is currently offering a limited-time promotion that awards free data to those on its More Everything plan. The promo is good for an extra 2GB for three months, and all you have to do to take advantage of it is download Verizon’s GO90 app.

So for those of you on one of the aforementioned plans, grab GO90 from the App Store here or the Google Play Store here. Once it’s downloaded, you should receive a text message from Verizon telling you that the free data has been activated on your account, along with an expiration date.
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Great deal: Mac app bundle with Parallels 11, 1Password and 6 other apps for just $80

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Supercharge your Mac with this Black Friday Bundle Deal from the good folks at Parallels. For just $80, you can pick up more than $500 worth of software, including apps like Parallels Desktop 11, Parallels Access, 1Password for Mac, Evernote Premium and more—a total of 8 useful, powerful applications.

Of course you all know what big fans of Parallels and 1Password we are here at iDB—we use the former in all of our virtual machine tutorials, and the latter is regarded as the best password management app for both Mac and iOS. Then there is Evernote and Pocket, neither of which need much introduction.

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Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More


Early Best Buy Black Friday deals: up to $100 off Apple Watch, $125 off iPad Air 2

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up holiday shoppers. Best Buy is offering early access to some of its Black Friday deals in a limited-time, online-only sale. Until midnight tonight (CT), you can take advantage of discounts of up to $100 on Apple Watch, $125 off iPad Air 2, and various other promotional prices.

For Apple Watch, Best Buy is taking $50 off Sport models and $100 off of Stainless Steel models—easily one of the best deals we’ve seen on Apple’s smartwatch. And for iPad, the retailer is knocking $100 off select 16GB and 64GB Air 2 models, and as much as $125 off of 128GB models. Read More


An offer you can’t refuse: The Godfather Trilogy is just $10 on iTunes right now

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, and unless you work in retail, chances are you have a long weekend coming up. And what better way to spend your extra free time than by watching one of the most popular film series in cinematic history: The Godfather Trilogy.

For a limited time, iTunes is offering the 3 movies, which follow the fictional Corleone crime family through the course of its history in the US and their homeland in Sicily, for just $9.99. That’s a savings of at least $20 over its Best Buy and Amazon counterparts. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 110: The Professional

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2015

Episode 110: Apple launches a new premium Apple Watch dock. Jeff recaps his workflow with the iPad Pro over the last week and a half. Discussing iPad Pro power user features like video editing and podcast editing. Can the iPad Pro replace a traditional computer? Tune in for the answer.

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Swarm by Foursquare brings expanded 3D Touch gestures, plus new Always, Nearby or Mute settings

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Foursquare’s dedicated location check-in app, Swarm for iPhone, was among the first third-party apps to implement support for 3D Touch, allowing you to quickly check-in to places simply by pressing the app’s Home screen icon firmly and choosing the Check In shortcut.

In its most recent update that launched in the App Store today, Swarm brought out expanded support for 3D Touch gestures with Peek and Pop on other people’s check-ins.

This edition of Swarm also includes expanded mute options and lets you earn even more virtual coins when you add certain stickers to your check-ins. Read More


These hacks enable custom Apple Watch faces and 3D Touch gestures on iPad Pro via Apple Pencil

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

watchOS 2, the operating system powering Apple’s wearable gizmo, includes support for third-party complications on select watch faces designed to support them.

But as far as watch faces themselves go, users are limited to a handful of built-in styles as Apple’s software development kit (SDK) doesn’t allow for downloadable watch faces yet.

As it turns out, a quick hack that prolific iOS developer Hamza Sood posted on Twitter back in August (no, it didn’t fly under our radar) gets around Apple’s limitations and permits unofficial development and installation of custom faces for Apple’s wearable device.

And earlier this morning, Sood also posted another hack which brings 3D Touch Peek and Pop gestures to the iPad Pro via the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensing technology. Read More


Vine rolls out Apple Watch app and new ways to discover and watch videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Twitter-owned Vine, a short-form video sharing service, is now available on the Apple Watch with a native watchOS 2 app that streams best videos from Featured and Favorites sections to your wrist.

A Vine complication is available as well so you can track your account’s loops and access the native app from your watch face. In addition to the Apple Watch app, this edition of Vine includes features that make it easier to make and discover audio remixes on the service and more. Read More


App Drawer: an Android-inspired application drawer for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2015

App Drawer is a new jailbreak tweak that adds an Android-inspired application drawer to jailbroken iPhones. This is a good tool for those of you who want to view all of your installed iOS applications in one place, not scattered amongst multiple Home screen pages or within folders.

The iPhone-only jailbreak tweak is compatible with iOS 8 and iOS 9, and isn’t yet compatible with jailbroken iPads, though support for the iPad is said to be in the cards. Have a look as we break down the features that App Drawer brings to the table. Read More


Amazon Video for iOS gets X-Ray, 3D Touch and multitasking support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Amazon pushed a nice update to its video-streaming app in the App Store this morning. Amazon Video version 3.3 now includes 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Home screen for quick access to the following features: Library, Downloads, your Watchlist and Search.

In addition, the app is now fully optimized for the iPad Pro and supports iOS 9’s new Picture in Picture mode and Slide Over multitasking on supported devices. Read More


Maximize your storage space with HyperDrive MacBook storage expander

By iDB Deals on Nov 24, 2015

With so much media, memories and real-life activity on your computer today, you can easily find yourself at storage capacity in no time. Before you hit that “cannot save file” threshold, increase the capacity of your MacBook Air 13” or MacBook Pro 13/15” by up to a huge 200GB with the HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander, 33% off.

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