New Apple video goes behind the scenes of ‘The Song’ holiday ad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Earlier this week, Apple begun airing its new holiday ad titled ‘The Song’ which features a woman using her Apple hardware and software to record herself singing along with a recording of her grandmother from several years ago. The 30-second commercial wraps up with a scene depicting her grandmother enjoying the resulting song on an iPad.

Today, the iPhone maker via its YouTube channel released a behind-the-scenes video titled ‘The story behind “The Song”’ featuring the ad’s musician Dana Williams and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens who explain basic concepts behind the commercial and lay out a creative workflow which involves most of Apple’s current product lineup. Read More

 

Apple once again reverses decision, brings Draft’s Today widget back on App Store

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple has once again reversed its decision on removing an app’s feature because of its functionality within Notification Center on iOS.

As we reported earlier this month, even though the app Drafts had already been through Apple’s approval process and downloaded by users, Apple contacted the developer Greg Pierce, saying he must re-submit the app without the buttons to create drafts or open the app. Now that’s not the case.

On Wednesday, Pierce released an updated version of Drafts adding the buttons back. Can Apple not make up its mind? Read More

 

Gene Munster just won’t give up on Apple TV set, says it’s now two years away

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Famed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is known for his incorrect predictions on Apple’s long-awaited television set. He’s previously guessed 2012, late-2012, and holiday 2013 as the incorrect launch dates for the new Apple product category. In 2014 he’s remained completely silent on the subject, until his latest appearance at the Business Insider conference.

In an interview published on Wednesday, Munster said he expects the Apple television is now two years away and will be launched in 2016. He’s mum on specific product features, but didn’t mind providing expected sales figures.
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Apple says after June app updates will need to include 64-bit support

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple sent out an email to registered iOS developers on Wednesday, reminding them that beginning February 1, 2015, new apps submitted to the App Store will have to feature 64-bit support and be built on the iOS 8 software development kit.  Read More

 

Netflix says offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Potentially crushing hopes and dreams, a Netflix executive confirmed on Wednesday the company has no plans to bring offline viewing, aka the ability to watch shows and movies without a network or Wi-Fi connection, to its customers. Read More

 

Fleksy 5.0 introduces customizable Extensions, 30+ theme packs, typing improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Fleksy, the popular third-party keyboard for iOS and Android, has released a major 5.0 update which turns it into a platform of its own with “multiple fun and useful input options” and the introduction of downloadable keyboard themes with customizable Extensions.

These perks are in addition to other improvements such as an easier, more comfortable typing with gestures, a redesign around the new customization options, a cool one-handed typing mode on the iPhone 6 Plus and more. Read More

 

Dropbox refreshes Carousel with albums, new ways to free up space and revisit old memories

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Carousel, the gallery app for all your Dropbox photos and videos, is useful and promising even though it’s been lacking some much-needed features.

On Wednesday, the Dropbox-owned app received a major refresh seeking to address some of key user complaints regarding the missing features. Introducing new ways to free up space on your device, Carousel can now remove photos and videos from your device that are already on Dropbox.

Moreover, the app has introduced albums, one of its most-requested features, so now you can organize your photos better on the iPhone and iPad. Read More

 

Skype’s Qik gets optimized for iPhone 6, adds new video menu and holiday surprise

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Qik, an ephemeral video messaging app for the iPhone by Microsoft-owned Skype, has received a refresh Wednesday. For starters, it takes full advantage of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screens while adding a new video menu.

It also improves how invitations by SMS are handled and includes a special holiday surprise in the form of a cool Easter egg which lets you shake your iPhone to enable snowflakes that fall down the screen. Read More

 

Gameloft delivers truly massive Christmas update to Modern Combat 5: Blackout, here’s what’s new

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Gameloft, the prolific maker of mobile games hailing from France, on Wednesday launched the first content update to its award-winning Modern Combat 5: Blackout shooter for the iPhone and iPad and boy is it massive. Saying the update brings a whole bunch of rich content and goodies to the already well-rounded experience would be a gross understatement.

Now available on both iOS and Android, the feature-packed update brings two of the most beloved multiplayer maps from Modern Combat 3 and 4, several new multiplayer leagues for solo and squad battles, a new Rematch button for squad battles, the ability to vote for the next map in multiplayer, new area of effect skill for each soldier class, additional battle packs, amusing seasonal goodies for Christmas and much more.

And if that wasn’t enough, in celebrating the update Gameloft has temporarily slashed MC5 to four bucks, with the discount reflected in the App Store later today. Read More

 

Asphalt 8: Airborne ‘Winter’ update races into App Store, brings with it tons of goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Gameloft on Wednesday pushed a holiday-themed update to its freemium racing game for the iPhone and iPad, the insanely crazy, action-driven Asphalt 8: Airborne.

The Winter update brings eleven new cars, including the Tramontana XTR and Arrinera Hussarya, a brand new challenging location to put your driving skills to the ultimate test, pro kits and a brand new token system. Read More

 

PowerPoint for iOS now works in portrait

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Software maker Microsoft this morning issued a minor update to its mobile Office apps available in the App Store. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad have received a few bug fixes and one new feature.

Specifically, PowerPoint for iOS has finally introduced support for portrait orientation so you can now view and edit your presentation no matter which way you hold your device. Read More

 

Snowboard Party brings extreme winter sports to iOS

By Lory Gil on Dec 17, 2014

I remember when snowboarding first became popular. It mainly represented alternative or underground culture. I guess that’s because the sport was inspired by surfing and skateboarding, which used to be part of underground culture, as well. Today, snowboarding is more popular than skiing. Video games based on snowboarding are definitely more popular than those based on skiing.

Snowboard Party is a half-pipe style trick game where players rack up points for grinding, nose grabs, and performing tricks in mid-air. Would I be going too far if I called it extreme mobile gameplay? Read More

 

Divoom Bluetooth speakers offer big sound in a small package

By Jim Gresham on Dec 17, 2014

The market is crowded with Bluetooth speakers. Every time you turn around, there is someone selling another Bluetooth speaker. They are an excellent iOS device accessory and I recommend having at least one. Of course, they run the full range of prices and I have had my hands on cheap and expensive several hundred dollar models.

When choosing a speaker, it is important to decide what is most important to you. Do you need one small enough to throw in your bag or do you prefer a home theater style option that can shake the walls with crisp and booming sound? Divoom is on the lower end of the Bluetooth spectrum. Providing small packaged, portable Bluetooth speakers with a rugged edge is the niche market for the Texas based company, which sent them over for review. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 86: Tempting for thieves

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Episode 86: We talk about Adam Bell’s upcoming CarPlay jailbreak tweak, the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak, downgrading to iOS 8.1.1, Auxo for iOS 8, two new alarm clock tweaks, and a tweak that lets you take screenshots without the status bar…sort of.

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LockSmoother+ provides an elegant looking Lock screen on iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

If you have an especially good-looking Lock screen wallpaper, perhaps you find it annoying when iOS clutters it up with all of its Lock screen UI elements. If so, then LockSmoother+ is something that you may want to give a shot. It’s a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that just became available today on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. As its name states, LockSmoother’s goal is to provide a smoother and sleeker looking Lock screen that can compliment beautiful wallpaper. But does it work? Read More

 

Share Widget for iOS 8: add sharing options for Twitter, Facebook, and more to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Share Widget for iOS 8 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to add a handy share widget to the Today view in iOS 8’s Notification Center. The tweak, which contains options for Twitter, FaceBook, Mail, Messages and others, also allows you to attach images to outgoing messages using a simple tap and hold gesture. Read More

 

ReachWeather: view current weather conditions when invoking Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Do you ever wish that you could use the blank space that appears when invoking Reachability on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? The developer of ReachWeather apparently did, and so he did something about it. ReachWeather is a new jailbreak tweak that uses the available Reachability real estate to place something useful there—current weather conditions for a predetermined location. Read More

 

How to add a round dock to the iPhone’s Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Interested in rounding off the look of your iPhone’s dock? If so, there’s a new jailbreak tweak that you should check out, which is aptly entitled RoundDock. RoundDock is a brand new jailbreak tweak available on the BigBoss repo that will round the corners of your Home screen dock at the bottom of the SpringBoard. Read More

 

iDB holiday gift guide: Timothy’s picks

By Timothy Reavis on Dec 16, 2014

The year has flown by and 2014 has reached its holiday season, which means the usual cold weather, long lines, gift shopping, family visits, delectable food, and exorbitant amounts of sweets. In an effort to help you avoid the lines and still find meaningful gifts for your friends and family, my colleagues and I have compiled our yearly holiday gift guides with a gift for everyone on your list.

Throughout the year, I’ve come across several amazing devices, accessories, and services that I’ve grown to love and use daily. Each of these has a lasting value and isn’t likely to be forgotten, abandoned, or returned the day after Christmas – a quality I look for in things I purchase all year long. Read More

 

Waze updated with Notification Center widget and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2014

The Google-owned Waze updated its iOS app today, bringing the crowdsourced mapping software to version 3.9.2. Don’t let that build number fool you, however, as the update brings about some significant changes.

Perhaps the most notable addition is the new Waze Today Widget for iOS 8 devices. The widget allows you to quickly view your ETA for Home or Work, navigate with one tap, and easily send your current drive & ETA. Read More