Apple buying 36,000 acres of US forest land for sustainable product packaging

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Apple has partnered with The Conservation Fund on a far-reaching initiative designed to permanently protect working forests in the United States while ensuring steady supply of paper products for sustainable product packaging, according to a press release Thursday by The Conservation Fund.

The “breakthrough” deal will see the Cupertino firm purchase over 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in the Maine and North Carolina regions, which is larger than the land area of the City of San Francisco.

The collaboration will ensure that America’s working forests stay working forests. “For Apple, this is the beginning of a worldwide effort, one that represents a new approach as it reassesses its impact on the world’s paper supply chain,” noted the company. Read More


Apple testing two Force Touch pressure sensing designs for iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Apple is reportedly testing two different designs for incorporating Force Touch pressure sensing into the screen of the next iPhone, according to a supply chain report Thursday published by DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication.

In considering how to best add the Apple Watch-style Force Touch technology to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which should debut this fall, the Cupertino firm could either place the pressure sensor underneath the touch panel backlighting layer or between the outermost protective screen cover and the in-cell touch panel. Read More


Google launches new features in Docs, Sheets and Slides mobile productivity apps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Google’s suite of free of charge productivity services and applications, collectively marketed under the Google Docs brand, has been refreshed Thursday with new features.

As announced Thursday on the official Google Apps Updates blog, new versions of document editor Docs, presentation software Slides and spreadsheet application Sheets are now available in the App Store.

Among other changes, these applications now include such enhancements as object reordering on a slide, table editing in spreadsheets, tracking changes and accepting suggestions in Docs, faster loading and scrolling of PowerPoint documents and more. Read More


Apple Watch Sport band is indeed adjustable via unique three-piece solution

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Following a recent TechCrunch report which claimed the Apple Watch Sport would ship with a three-piece band, the updated “What’s In The Box” section on the Online Apple Store has now confirmed that the fluoroelastomer band indeed includes three pieces to make either a Small/Medium (S/M) or Medium/Large (M/L) strap. The discovery was first made by MacRumors on Thursday. Read More


Internal memo confirms Apple Watch unlikely to be available for in-store purchases before June

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Facing low yields and high customer demand for its wearable device, Apple has now confirmed in a memo to retail staff obtained by 9to5Mac that the Watch won’t be shipping before June.

Moreover, the company’s removed the April 24 date from its website last night, indicating that few of those who have pre-ordered their device will actually receive it by April 24. Read More


Analyst estimates 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, Taptic Engine and OLED display causing delays

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 15, 2015

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record when reporting on Apple, released a note estimating Apple Watch pre-orders to be in excess of 2.3 million units, with a breakdown of Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition each taking 85%, 15%, and less than 1% respectively. Read More


Alleged 12.9-inch iPad Pro case surfaces

By Timothy Reavis on Apr 15, 2015

Today, Sonny Dickson, the man responsible for several accurate hardware leaks of Apple devices, posted images of purported iPad Pro cases which indicate several features unique to Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch tablet. The case design is similar to the 9.7-inch iPad Air in shape, but shows what appear to be two Lightning connector ports, one on the bottom and another on the left of the device.

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Apple Watch Guided Tours: Phone, Siri, Maps, and Music

By Sébastien Page on Apr 15, 2015

A few days after first unveiling Guided Tours, Apple updated the minisite on Wednesday with four more videos showcasing how to use Apple Watch, specifically focusing on Phone, Siri, Maps, and the Music app on Apple Watch.

While the videos aren’t intended to tell everything about each feature, they give enough information that even those users who aren’t too tech-savvy will be able to follow along, and get something out of it. Read More


The Apple Watch you can’t have

By Sébastien Page on Apr 15, 2015

If Apple Watch Edition is out of your league, don’t even start to think about how you could get your hands on this one, because you can’t! This Apple Watch Edition with gold Link bracelet was custom-made for fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 15

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 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 a handful of great app deals, and some new apps and games you won’t want to miss.  Read More


European Union files anti-trust charges against Google

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2015

Making good on rumors that have been bouncing around for several months, the European Union officially filed anti-trust charges against Google on Wednesday. The Commission will formally investigate whether the tech firm has abused its dominance in search results, as well as within its Android operating system.

In the near term this doesn’t mean much—there will be a lengthy investigation and likely a trial. But in the long term, if Google were to be found guilty, it could face a fine of up to $6 billion (10% of its annual revenue) and various business-altering restrictions. Many pundits are comparing it to Microsoft in the late 90’s. Read More


Tumblr 4.0 for iOS gains blog creation, adds Today widget for trending tags and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

Yahoo-owned Tumblr today released a major update to its free iPhone and iPad client in the App Store. Tumblr 4.0 for iOS sports a number of new features, enhancements and nice-to-haves that make blogging from the palm of your hand a frictionless and more enjoyable experience than before.

For starters, you can now create new blogs (previously available through the web interface only), as well as delete entire blogs from inside the app. Video embedding has been made as easy as pasting a URL from YouTube or Vimeo or another such site. Read More


How to remove date and time from screenshot names on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Apr 15, 2015

By default, every time you take a screenshot on Mac OS X, the file generated will be named “Screen Shot date time” where “date” and “time” are replaced with the actual date and time the screenshot was taken. For most people, this is a useful feature as it allows to quickly sort screenshots depending on when they were taken. But for other people, it might be an annoyance.

In this post, we will show you how to remove the date and time from screenshots that were taken on Mac OS X. Read More


Microsoft releases ‘Office Delve’ app for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2015

Building upon its already enormous library of iOS software, Microsoft on Tuesday released ‘Office Delve‘ for iPhone. The app serves as a mobile client to Microsoft’s Office Delve service, which connects Office users to relevant people and documents.

The official tagline of the iPhone app is “find and discover documents through people you work with.” Microsoft says the app will allow you to see what you and your colleagues are working on across Office 365 and suggest relevant documents to you. Read More


Win an Apple Watch from iDownloadBlog and choose which one you want

By iDB Deals on Apr 15, 2015

The Apple Watch is the must-have accessory for the summer. Whether it’s the ergonomic sports model, the elegant black leather loop, or the beautiful Milanese loop that gets you excited, there is an Apple Watch for everyone. With our new Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway, you can get your hands on any Apple Watch you choose (up to $750) for free! Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 103: Confirmed

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 15, 2015

Episode 103: Pangu vs Stefan Esser, Sentry puts out a new App Store keyboard, Assistant+ supercharges Siri, AudioRecorder brings impressive sound recording to iOS, and more.

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VOX Music Player brings high-definition lossless audio to iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

VOX Music Player for Mac by Coppertino Inc. has gone iPhone. Available at no cost in the App Store, the application lets you enjoy high-quality music encoded in the lossless FLAC format on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Of course, you can play the usual assortment of lossy audio files, too, including MP3, AAC and just about any type of audio file format you could think of. For example, the app is capable of rendering music formats like APE, WMA and CUE which are not supported by iTunes natively.

Your music can also be cached for playing offline. Read More


Kong for iPhone by Path developers lets you create instant memes from your selfies

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

A brand new app by Path creators (you do remember Path, don’t you?), called Kong, is now available at no cost in the App Store. Billed as a piece of software designed to play with your selfies, Kong unleashes your imagination by letting you create GIFs of yourself in an instant.

You can make the bite-sized animated GIFs more interesting by adding text, applying filters to your selfie and more.

Your animated meme can then be shared with a private circle of friends or with the web at large through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other services. Kong is actually quite cool and addictive, let me explain why. Read More


Win lunch with Tim Cook and two VIP tickets to attend future Apple keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

For the third year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a charity auction organized by the fundraising service CharityBuzz. You can now bid on the opportunity to have lunch with Cook on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, and to be his guest at an Apple keynote event. In fact, the highest bidder will win not one but two VIP passes to an Apple keynote. Read More


Glide becomes first app to bring one-way video calling to Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2015

Glide for iPhone has been updated on the App Store today with Apple Watch support, becoming the first app to bring one-way real-time video messaging to the wrist-worn gizmo. The app lets you see a preview of video messages up to five minutes long on your wrist and respond straight from your Apple Watch.

Other features include getting quick updates to the Watch when friends send you videos, texts or photos without needing to take out your iPhone, accessing all chats and missed events and more. Read More