Google to take on Twitch with own game streaming video service

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

Google is going to announce a new YouTube-branded live video streaming service with an emphasis on gaming, according to the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday citing a scoop by tech blog The Daily Dot.

The Internet giant is reportedly prepping to introduce its live-streaming service under the YouTube Live moniker. YouTube Live will apparently relaunch later this year, re-focused on game streaming and e-sports.

Such turn of events wasn’t entirely unexpected. A year ago, Google wanted to buy Twitch but has failed to seal the deal and got outbid by Amazon, which paid a cool $1 billion for the popular game-streaming service. Read More

 

Users reporting problems accessing App Store and iTunes (update: back up again)

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

A growing number of users are taking to Twitter this morning to complain of yet another outage affecting Apple’s App Store and the iTunes Store. Several folks around the world have reported problems purchasing new applications, with the App Store and iTunes returning a “The item you’ve requested is not currently available” error message.

Others complain about not being able to conduct searches for content on the iTunes Store and App Store and download apps and other content.

UPDATE 11:35am ET: all systems seem to have become operational again following a brief outage that lasted about an hour or so. Read More

 

Win a new MacBook from iDownloadBlog

By iDB Deals on Mar 25, 2015

First off, congratulations to Joe A., winner of the MacBook Pro Giveaway! Here’s what he had to say: “I don’t think I have ever won a prize drawing other than one for a $20 gas card. This is awesome!”

And now (drumroll please)…enter our new giveaway to win a brand new MacBook!

The new Macbook is the lightest MacBook ever at two pounds and ultra thin at an incredible 13.1mm. It is powered by a newly designed and super-efficient battery, offering an impressive 9 hours of battery life. You get the cool Force Touch trackpad, a full-size keyboard with new and improved keys, and the beautiful retina display. Read More

 

Google working to let you pay bills from directly within Gmail

By Jake Smith on Mar 25, 2015

Google is working on a new service that will allow you to pay your bills from directly within your Gmail email inbox, ridding of the need to visit multiple websites every time you pay your bills each month.

Recode was able to get its hands on all the details for the secret project, dubbed “Pony Express”. Internally, it’s being called “the future of paper mail” and is expected to roll out in the fourth quarter of 2015. Read More

 

Apple’s iSpaceship campus will use recycled water

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 building, nicknamed by the press iSpaceship due to its appearance resembling a flying saucer that has just landed in a field, will be more environmentally friendly than initially thought with news Wednesday that the facility will take full advantage of recycled water.

As reported by The San Jose Mercury News, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board last night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay “and make Apple’s futuristic new campus a little bit greener.” Read More

 

Apple building futuristic looking technology center in Yokohama, Japan

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

Apple is building a futuristic looking, large-scale technology development center in Yokohama, Japan, home to nearly four million people, reports the NHK News website. The city of Yokohama held a press conference today to announce the project.

City officials have even provided renderings depicting the scope of the project and Apple’s unusual design for a massive, environment friendly R&D building. Read More

 

AKMessages can make using the stock Messages app faster

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if the keyboard interface opened automatically when tapping on a conversation thread in the stock Messages app? The developer of AKMessages must have thought so, because that’s the exact premise behind his new jailbreak tweak.

Like TypeTab, another tweak that we recently reviewed, AKMessages reduces the amount of friction in your day-to-day app activities. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see how it eliminates the need for you to perform a tap before you start typing within the Messages app. Read More

 

Review: Fantastical 2 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

The sequel to the popular language-parsing calendar utility for the Mac has arrived and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! Much more than a major new update, Fantastical 2 for Mac is a whole new app that feels instantly familiar while offering productivity-boosting improvements.

In addition to the revamped appearance optimized for OS X Yosemite’s look and feel, Fantastical 2 is now a proper replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar and Reminders apps.

Fantastical 2 has its own full-blown window and gorgeous full-screen mode while its menu bar thing can now be detached and dragged anywhere on the screen. The software is packed to the gills with a bevy of new features like iCloud Reminders and time zone support, light/dark theme, birthday reminders, a more powerful and friendlier natural language parser and more.

As a whole, the app feels tighter and more streamlined. Developer Flexibits was kind enough to put me on its limited list of beta testers, this is what I was able to gather from my weeklong hands-on time with the software.

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RecordPause lets you pause and resume video recording in the stock Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

RecordPause is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to pause and resume the stock Camera app while shooting video. Some of the more popular social media apps, like Vine and Instagram, have a similar feature. Now, thanks to RecordPause, you can pause and resume video right from within the stock iOS camera as well. Read More

 

How to configure apps to launch at system startup on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Do you have certain apps that you always open as soon as you restart or log in to your Mac? If so, it might be a good idea to make those apps auto-start upon logging in to OS X. Thankfully, it’s very easy to add and remove auto-start items using OS X’s System Preferences. Read More

 

TinyUmbrella can now save local SHSH blobs from device, and that includes iOS 8.1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Semaphore has been on a roll lately, as shown by the release of yet another TinyUmbrella beta build, and this version contains a significant new feature. You now have the ability to save SHSH blobs directly from a local device. This means that if you’re on a jailbreakable firmware like iOS 8.1.2, you can save the 8.1.2 blobs even though Apple is no longer signing that firmware version. Read More

 

App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for March 24

By Cody Lee on Mar 24, 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 selections include some great app deals and a handful of new games you won’t want to miss. Read More

 

Let’s Talk iOS 074: Not made for humans

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Episode 74 lends a deeper discussion about the Apple Watch, including understanding its position within our lives. How the new Apple TV could potentially change the way we watch television. Jeff explains why you should consider using a mechanical keyboard.

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Transition: new unlock animations for the Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Transition is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that adds a ton of new Lock screen-to-Home screen animated transitions to iOS. In all, there are over two-dozen animated transitions, and that doesn’t include the random option that will allow you to enjoy a different transition with every unlock of your device. If you’re looking to add some spice to the unlock animation on your iPhone, then Transition may be just what you need. Read More

 

Apple acquires database company FoundationDB to bolster web services

By Jake Smith on Mar 24, 2015

As it looks to build out its web services, Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, Apple essentially confirmed to iDownloadBlog after TechCrunch first reported the news.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said in a boiler plate statement it gives when it acquires smaller companies.  Read More

 

How to enable WhatsApp Web via iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Android users have been able to enjoy WhatsApp’s Web interface for a while now, while iOS users have been left longing for the feature. The WhatsApp Web interface allows you to carry on and continue conversations from a web browser on your desktop, which is great for those times when you’re seated and working.

Thankfully, there is a way to enable the WhatsApp Web feature directly from your iPhone, but you’ll need to be jailbroken to do so. It’s called WhatsApp Web Enabler, and we’ll show you how to use it in this step-by-step video tutorial. Read More

 

How to simulate the Apple Watch with augmented reality

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Still baffled about how the Apple Watch will actually look on your wrist? There’s a new app that provides what is arguably the best look yet (outside of trying on a real Apple Watch). The app, called ARWatch, uses augmented reality to simulate the presence of an Apple Watch on your wrist. Read More

 

Cool deal: get 34% off the ChugPlug portable MacBook charger

By iDB Deals on Mar 24, 2015

If you frequently use your MacBook on the road, you’re familiar with the stress of planning out your battery usage just-so, fighting for that seat next to the outlet at Starbucks, or having your MacBook run out of battery just before you’re finished with what you’re working on. With ChugPlug, you can relieve that stress – at least for a few extra hours.

The ChugPlug for MacBook is a portable charger that plugs directly into the power-block of your normal charging cable. Delivering 3 to 4 hours of extra power, anyone who finds themselves in need of extra juice should consider this relatively small, lightweight power pack. With our deal at the iDownloadBlog Deals store, you can get it for 34% off. Read More

 

Kickstarter project brings MagSafe inspired functionality to standard 3.5mm audio jack

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2015

It’s too early to tell whether or not Apple’s latest one-port Mac notebook spells doom for MagSafe, Apple’s proprietary magnetically attached power connectors. Be that as it may, a duo of entrepreneurial engineers is taking a page from Apple’s book to implement magnets on the types of connectors we use the most.

Magzet, a new Kickstarter project by Jon Hallsten and Jeff Russell, is aiming to do for standard 3.5mm audio jacks what MagSafe has done for Apple notebooks. Read More

 

New video streaming service ‘Vessel’ out now, includes one year free subscription

By Lory Gil on Mar 24, 2015

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has been hard at world building a new service dedicated to helping the world keep track of their favorite popular YouTube artists and channels, as well as other web shows. Wishing you could watch the next FunnyOrDie release before all of your friends do? Well, now you can.

Vessel is a video streaming service that gathers up some of the more popular web series channels and displays them in a news feed way so you can watch new content. With a subscription to Vessel, you can even see new episodes before the rest of the world does. Read More